Matthew Oakley

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Matthew Oakley is a respected economist and policy analyst, having spent well over a decade working in and around policy making in Westminster.

He joined WPI as Head of WPI Economics in September 2015. Before joining WPI Matthew had been Chief Economist and Head of Financial Services Policy at the consumer champion Which?, where he led teams focussed on improving competition and innovation in the financial services sector and improving cross-cutting regulatory policy.

Prior to Which?, Matthew spent three years as Head of Economics and Social Policy at the think tank Policy Exchange. At Policy Exchange Matthew led influential programmes of work on welfare reform, the labour market and the UK economy. A number of policies, including reforms to public sector pay setting, conditionality and sanctions in the social security system and the functioning of employment support in the UK, can clearly be traced back to recommendations in reports he authored.

Matthew began his career as an Economic Advisor at the Treasury, where he worked in a number of roles focussed on tax policy making, microeconomic analysis and, latterly, the policy response to the financial crisis and the introduction of Universal Credit. He has an MSc in Economics from University College London, where he specialised in microeconomics, public policy and econometrics.

Alongside WPI, Matthew is also a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee and a Senior Researcher at the Social Market Foundation. He also led the Independent Review of Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions that reported to Parliament in 2014.