Matthew Whittaker

matthew whittaker

Deputy Director, Resolution Foundation

Matt is Chief Economist at the Resolution Foundation think tank, which is a UK-based organisation that focuses on living standards and improving outcomes for low-to-middle income families. The organisation was founded in 2005 and Matt joined in 2008, taking a lead role in developing the Foundation’s research focus and establishing the organisation as a key part of the UK political landscape. He now manages the organisation’s research output, covering a broad range of topics including the labour market, the tax and benefit system, housing, consumer debt, public finances and monetary policy. The Resolution Foundation’ recently-formed Intergenerational Commission – which is chaired by Lord David Willetts – focuses on issues of inequality and inequity between and within different generations, recognising that younger people in the UK have been hit especially hard by the 2008 financial crisis and are increasingly finding themselves locked-out of homeownership. Matt has contributed to a number of papers for the Commission and chairs its Technical Panel. More generally, he has published more than 50 reports for the Foundation and is a regular media commentator. He serves on many working groups on issues relating to living standards, is contributing to a major international book on inequality and inclusive growth which will be published by Oxford University Press and is a member of the National Statistician’s Advisory Panel for Consumer Price Statistics.