Our goal at the Institute for Fiscal Studies is to promote effective economic and social policies by better understanding how policies affect individuals, families, businesses and the government's finances.

Brexit and the UK’s public finances

If the result of the referendum on 23 June leads to the UK leaving the EU, there will be impacts on the UK public finances. This report aims to set out the possible impacts, focusing particularly on the short run, given that the Chancellor wishes to achieve a budget balance by the end of this parliament. We also look at possible long-run consequences.

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Not so sweet 16, the turning point in education that fails young people

While we hear a lot about schools and universities surely the greatest challenge facing our education system remains its failure properly to serve many of those young people who do not go on to do A levels at age 16, so writes IFS Director Paul Johnson in The Times.

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The early years: child well-being and the role of public policy

Following the 2015 Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) flagship publication of 2015, "The Early Years: Child Well-Being and the Role of Public Policy", the Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policy (EDePo) at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the IDB are organising an academic conference on the themes covered extending the scope to experiences in developing, middle income and developed countries. The focus of the conference will be on lessons that can be learned from the literature on the early years, their long term consequences, and the potential role for policy.

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Corporate tax avoidance: where next for policy and practice?

Every two years, IFS holds a residential conference, aiming to facilitate high-level knowledge exchange between practitioners, policymakers and academics on key areas of policy and practice. This year, 9-10 September in Oxford, we will consider how anti-avoidance measures are designed, how governments’ and businesses’ perspectives on tax avoidance are changing, and what we can expect from international efforts going forward.

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New research on graduate earnings

What and where you study matter for graduate earnings – but so does parents’ income. These are some of the key findings from a new IFS working paper, written by researchers at the IFS, UCL Institute of Education, Harvard and Cambridge and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

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The new (not yet flat rate) state pension

From April 6th everyone reaching state pension age will accrue entitlement to, and claim, a state pension under new rules. Legislated for by the coalition government in 2013, this is the most radical overhaul of UK state pension policy for decades. The new system will ultimately be much simpler than the complicated rules for calculating entitlement that are being replaced, but there will still be complexity in the short-run, and many may be disappointed not to receive the full ‘single tier’ or ‘flat-rate’ amount that they might have expected.

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Is the new soft drinks levy well designed?

New IFS research looks at the pattern of sugar consumption by different types of household, and asks what the effects of a soft drinks levy might be.

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