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[Photo: John Hills] Professor John HILLS
Director of CASE, Co-Director LSE International Inequalities Institute, Professor of Social Policy

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7419
STICERD ,  32L 3.32

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Research Interests:
  • Welfare state and public attitudes
  • Social security
  • Pensions policy
  • Income and wealth distribution
  • Social policy and the life cycle
  • Fuel poverty
Current Research Projects:
  • Social policy and the dynamics of people's lives
  • Social policy developments and impacts in the UK since 2010
  • Differences in consumption patterns between countries with different levels of social spending and taxation
  • The changing distribution of wealth in the UK
Selected Publications:
  • Good times, bad times: the welfare myth of them and us (Policy Press, Bristol, UK, 2015)

  • Wealth in the UK: Distribution, Accumulation and Policy (Oxford University Press, 2013; with F. Bastagli, F.Cowell, E. Karagiannaki, H. Glennerster and A. McKnight)_x000d_

  • Getting the Measure of Fuel Poverty: Final report of the Independent Fuel Poverty Review (DECC and CASE, 2012, CASEreport 72)_x000d_

  • Towards a More Equal Society? Policy, poverty and inequality since 1997 (co-editor). Bristol: The Policy Press, 2009

  • Making Social Policy Work (co-editor). Bristol: The Policy Press, 2007

  • A More Equal Society: New labour, Poverty, Inequality and Exclusion (co-editor) Policy Press, Bristol, 2005

  • Inequality and the State Oxford University Press, 2004

  • One Hundred Years of Poverty and Policy (co-author) Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2004

  • Understanding Social Exclusion (co-editor) Oxford University Press, 2002

  • Making Public Policy for the 21st Century (co-editor) Policy Press, Bristol, 2000

  • Paying for Health, Education and Housing (co-author) Oxford University Press, 2000

  • The State of Welfare: the economics of social spending (co-editor) Oxford University Press, 1998

  • New Inequalities: the changing distribution of income and wealth in the UK (editor) Cambridge University Press, 1996

STICERD/CASE Publications:
  • New research evidence on social mobility and educational attainment
    Jo Blanden, Claire Crawford, Ellen Greaves, Paul Gregg, John Hills, Lindsey Macmillan, Abigail McKnight, Luke Sibieta, Anna Vignoles, July 2015
    Paper No' SPCCWP21: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Falling Behind, Getting Ahead: The Changing Structure of Inequality in the UK, 2007-2013
    Jack Cunliffe, John Hills, Eleni Karagiannaki, Polina Obolenskaya, March 2015
    Paper No' SPCCRR05: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)
    Download zipped data files associated with this paper.
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • The Coalition's Record on Cash Transfers, Poverty and Inequality 2010-2015
    John Hills, January 2015
    Paper No' SPCCWP11: Read Abstract | Paper 1 (pdf) | Paper 2 (pdf)

  • The Coalition's Social Policy Record: Policy Spending and Outcomes 2010-2015
    Tania Burchardt, Amanda Fitzgerald, John Hills, Ruth Lupton, Abigail McKnight, Polina Obolenskaya, Kitty Stewart, Stephanie Thomson, Rebecca Tunstall, Polly Vizard, January 2015
    Paper No' SPCCRR04: Read Abstract | Paper 1 (pdf) | Paper 2 (pdf)

  • Were we really all in it together? The distributional effects of the UK Coalition government's tax-benefit policy changes
    Paola De Agostini, John Hills, Holly Sutherland, November 2014
    Paper No' SPCCWP10: Full paper (pdf)
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • Labour's Record on Cash Transfers, Poverty, Inequality and the Lifecycle 1997 - 2010
    John Hills, July 2013
    Paper No' SPCCWP05: Paper 1 (pdf) | Paper 2 (pdf)

  • Winners and Losers in the Crisis: The Changing Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK 2007 - 2010
    Jack Cunliffe, Ludovica Gambaro, John Hills, Ruth Lupton, Polina Obolenskaya, July 2013
    Paper No' SPCCRR02: Paper 1 (pdf) | Paper 2 (pdf)

  • Labour's Social Policy Record: Policy, Spending and Outcomes 1997-2010
    John Hills, Ruth Lupton, Kitty Stewart, Polly Vizard, July 2013
    Paper No' SPCCRR01: Paper 1 (pdf) | Paper 2 (pdf)

  • Labour's Record on Cash Transfers, Poverty, Inequality and the Lifecycle 1997 - 2010
    John Hills, July 2013
    Paper No' CASE/175: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Wealth distribution, accumulation and policy
    Francesca Bastagli, Frank A Cowell, Howard Glennerster, John Hills, Eleni Karagiannaki, Abigail McKnight, May 2013
    Paper No' CASEbrief 33: Full paper (pdf)

  • Social Policy in a Cold Climate: A Framework for Analysing the Effects of Social Policy
    Tania Burchardt, John Hills, Ruth Lupton, Kitty Stewart, Polly Vizard, April 2013
    Paper No' SPCCRN001: Full paper (pdf)

  • What Gives? Household Consumption Patterns and the 'Big Trade Off' with Public Consumption
    Francesca Bastagli, John Hills, March 2013
    Paper No' CASE/170: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Wealth accumulation in Great Britain 1995-2005: The role of house prices and the life cycle
    Francesca Bastagli, John Hills, December 2012
    Paper No' CASE/166: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Localisation and the means test: A case study of support for English students from Autumn 2012
    John Hills, Ben Richards, May 2012
    Paper No' CASE/160: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Final report of the Hills Independent Fuel Poverty Review: Getting the Measure of Fuel Poverty
    John Hills, March 2012
    Paper No' CASEreport 72: Read Abstract | Paper 1 (pdf) | Paper 2 (pdf)
    Download zipped data files associated with this paper.
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • Getting the measure of fuel poverty: Executive summary
    John Hills, March 2012
    Paper No' CASEbrief 31: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • Fuel Poverty: The problem and its measurement. Interim Report of the Fuel Poverty Review
    John Hills, October 2011
    Paper No' CASEreport 69: Paper 1 (pdf) | Paper 2 (pdf)

  • An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK - Report of the National Equality Panel
    John Hills, January 2010
    Paper No' CASEreport 60: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Ends and Means: The future roles of social housing in England
    John Hills, February 2007
    Paper No' CASEreport 34: Paper 1 (pdf) | Paper 2 (pdf)
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • From Beveridge to Turner: Demography, Distribution and the Future of Pensions in the UK
    John Hills, June 2006
    Paper No' CASE/110: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Tracking Income: How working families' incomes vary through the year
    John Hills, Abigail McKnight, Rachel Smithies, March 2006
    Paper No' CASEreport 32: Full paper (pdf)

  • Inclusion or Insurance? National Insurance and the future of the contributory principle
    John Hills, May 2003
    Paper No' CASE 068: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • CASE Annual Report 1999/2000
    John Hills, February 2001
    Paper No' CASEreport 10: Full paper (pdf)

  • Housing Finance Aspects of the Green Paper
    John Hills, Alex Marsh, December 2000
    Paper No' CASEreport 12: Full paper (pdf)
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • View of the National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal
    John Hills, Liz Richardson, December 2000
    Paper No' CASEreport 11: Full paper (pdf)

  • Taxation for the Enabling State
    John Hills, August 2000
    Paper No' CASE 041: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • CASE Annual Report 1998/99
    John Hills, December 1999
    Paper No' CASEreport 06: Full paper (pdf)

  • Welfare Reform: Learning from American Mistakes? Report of a seminar organised by LSE Housing and CASE
    John Hills, Geoff Mulgan, David Piachaud, William Julius Wilson, November 1998
    Paper No' CASEreport 03: Full paper (pdf)

  • CASE Annual Report 1997/98
    John Hills, November 1998
    Paper No' CASEreport 02: Full paper (pdf)

  • Thatcherism, New Labour and the Welfare State (chapter in 'New Labour: A turning point in British Politics', H Kastgendiek and R Stimshoff (eds), Philo, 1999)
    John Hills, August 1998
    Paper No' CASE 013: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • New Cycles of Disadvantage? Report of a conference organised by CASE on behalf of ESRC for HM Treasury
    John Hills, Anthony Lee, July 1998
    Paper No' CASEreport 01: Full paper (pdf)

  • Exclusion, Employment and Opportunity
    A.B. Atkinson, John Hills, January 1998
    Paper No' CASE 004: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • William Beveridge versus Robin Hood: Social Security and Redistribution over the Lifecycle. (Revised version in The Dynamic of Welfare; The welfare state and the life cycle, J Falkingham and J Hills (eds.) (1995) Harvester-Wheatsheaf).
    Jane Falkingham, John Hills, Carli Lessof, January 1995
    Paper No' WSP 088:

  • Does Britain Have a 'Welfare Generation'? An Empirical Analysis of Intergenerational Equity (Revised versions in The Dynamic of Welfare: the welfare state and the life cycle, J Falkingham and J Hills (eds.) (1995) Harvester-Wheatsheaf).
    Helen Bowman, John Hills, January 1995
    Paper No' WSP 076:

  • Putting a Price on Council Housing: ValuingVoluntary Transfers (edited version in Fiscal Studies, 13(1), 1992)
    Karen Gardiner, John Hills, Mark Kleinman, January 1992
    Paper No' WSP 062:

  • Banding, Tilting, Gearing, Gaining and Losing: An Anatomy of the Proposed Council Tax (edited version in Fiscal Studies, 12(4), 1991)
    John Hills, Holly Sutherland,  1991
    Paper No' WSP 063:

  • Subsidies to Social Housing in England: Their Behavioural Implications. (Revised version, Ch15 in Unravelling Housing Finance: Subsidies, Benefits and Taxation, J Hills (1991), Oxford University Press)
    John Hills, January 1991
    Paper No' WSP 024:

  • The Voluntary Sector in Housing: The Role of British Housing Associations (in The Nonprofit Sector in International Perspective: Studies in Comparative Culture and Policy, E James (ed) (1989), Oxford University Press)
    John Hills, January 1989
    Paper No' WSP 020:

  • When is a Grant not a Grant? The Current System of Housing Association Finance (Summarised in 'How to Get Better Value from Subsidy to Housing Associations', Public Money, 7:1, June 1987; see also Unravelling Housing Finance, below)
    John Hills, June 1987
    Paper No' WSP 013:

  • The Welfare State in Britain 1970-1985: Extent and Effectiveness (Ch.7 in The Performance of the British Economy, R Dornbusch and R Layard (eds) (1987), Oxford University Press)
    A.B. Atkinson, John Hills, Julian Le Grand, January 1987
    Paper No' WSP 009:

  • The Effects of Differences in Housing and Health Care Systems on International Comparions of Income Distribution
    Jane Falkingham, Karen Gardiner, John Hills, Valérie Lechêne, Holly Sutherland,
    Paper No' WSP 110:

  • Investigating Welfare: Final Report of the ESRC Welfare Research Programme
    Howard Glennerster, John Hills, Julian Le Grand,
    Paper No' WSP 092:

  • The Distribution of Welfare Benefits In Kind
    Maria Evandrou, Jane Falkingham, John Hills, Julian Le Grand,
    Paper No' WSP 068:
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • From Right-to-Buy to Rent-to-Mortgage: Privatisation of Council Housing Since 1979
    John Hills,
    Paper No' WSP 061:
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • Distributional Effects of Housing Subsidies in the United Kingdom. (Revised version in Journal of Public Economics, 44:3, 1991)
    John Hills,
    Paper No' WSP 044:

  • Shifting Subsidy from Bricks and Mortar to People: Experiences in Britain and West Germany (Housing Studies, 5:3, 1990, pp.147-167)
    John Hills, Franz Hubert, Horst Tomann, Christine Whitehead,
    Paper No' WSP 041:
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • Social Security in Developed Countries: Are There Lessons for Developing Countries? (Ch3 in Social Security in Developing Countries, E Ahmad, J Drèze, J Hills, A Sen (eds) (1991), Oxford University Press)
    A.B. Atkinson, John Hills,
    Paper No' WSP 038:

  • Twenty-First Century Housing Subsidies:Durable Rent-Fixing and Subsidy Arrangementsfor Social Housing. (Revised and expanded versions of much of this paper are to be found in Unravelling Housing Finance (see above)
    John Hills,
    Paper No' WSP 033: