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Dr. Arun Advani - University of Warwick. Coventry, , GB

Dr. Arun Advani Dr. Arun Advani

Professor, Economics | University of Warwick


Arun Advani is an expert on issues of inequality, migration, tax compliance, climate policy, and taxation in developing countries.






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Areas of Expertise (7)







Climate Policy

Education (4)

University College - London: Ph.D., Economics 2017

University College - London: M.Res, Economics 2011

University of Cambridge: M.Phil, Economics 2010

University of Cambridge: B.A., Economics 2009

Affiliations (5)

  • Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • University of Warwick
  • CAGE
  • International Inequalities Institute
  • Discover Economics

Selected Media Appearances (6)

Inequality and the 1%: what The Economist overlooked

USAPP American Politics and Policy  online


Co-signatories to Dr Summers’ letter published by The Economist are Professor Mike Savage, Professor Frank Cowell, Professor Camille Landais, Dr Arun Advani, Dr Luna Glucksberg, Dr Tahnee Ooms and Robert Palmer...

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HMRC reveals sharp increase in lost self-assessment tax

Financial Times  online


Arun Advani, an academic at the University of Warwick who has researched the tax gap, said the £35bn lost in 2017-18 was the highest in cash...

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Nobel Prize winners boost economics appeal to wider population

Financial Times  online


“We're recognising that there is a long pipeline problem,” said Arun Advani, assistant professor at Warwick university, who is co-chairing the...

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Treasury ‘loses £8bn a year’ from self-assessment under-reporting

Financial Times  online


The research was conducted by Arun Advani of the University of Warwick and Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy and...

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A third of self-assessed workers underpay taxes costing the Treasury billions in tax receipts

Moneywise  online


The SMF and Dr Advani are calling for more tax auditors to be hired to tackle underpayment. They say one tax auditor would recover enough to pay for their own jobs plus the jobs of four NHS nurses. Dr Advani says it is important to distinguish between “small errors” made by some workers by accident, and large deliberate underpayments...

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Want extra nurses and police? Give the taxman more auditors

Times Red Box  online


The thought of having the taxman knock on the door fills many of us with dread. Being asked to dig through piles of paper to find bank statements, payslips and receipts is the stuff of bad dreams. But perhaps a few more of us should experience such nightmares in real life.

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Selected Articles (5)

The Dynamic Effects of Tax Audits

University of Warwick

2019 Understanding tax non-compliance and the effectiveness of strategies to tackle it is crucial for a modern tax authority. In this paper we study how and why audits impact reported tax in the years after audit – the dynamic effect – for individual income taxpayers. We exploit data from a random audit program covering almost 35,000 income tax self assessment returns in the UK.

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How Uncollected Tax Revenue – who is underpaying and what should we do about it?

Social Market Foundation

2019 Uncollected tax revenue. Who is underpaying and what should we do about it?

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Who does and doesn’t pay taxes?

Institute for Fiscal Studies

2017 This IFS Briefing note uses data from HMRC’s random audit programme to show which types of people are more likely to be under-reporting taxes and how their behaviour changes after a tax audit. The results are based on data from audits covering tax returns for the years 1999–2009.

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Cheaper, Greener, and More Efficient: Rationalising UK Carbon Prices

The Journal of Applied Public Economics

2016 Current UK energy use policies, which primarily aim to reduce carbon emissions, provide abatement incentives that vary by user and fuel, creating inefficiency. Distributional concerns are often given as a justification for the lower carbon price faced by households, but there is little rationale for carbon prices associated with the use of gas to be lower than those for electricity.

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Energy use policies and carbon pricing in the UK

Institute for Fiscal Studies

2013 The report analyses and assesses: the rationale and objectives of energy policy; the current policy landscape faced by UK energy users; how current and future policy has led to inconsistencies in the implicit carbon prices faced by different users; and potential ways in which to improve policy affecting domestic and business energy users.

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