About the IFS

The Institute for Fiscal Studies was founded in 1969. Established as an independent research institute, IFS was launched with the principal aim of better informing public debate on economics in order to promote the development of effective fiscal policy. Through the establishment of rigorous independent research, for example the IFS Green Budget and Post Budget analysis, IFS successfully opened up debate about public policy to a wider audience and influenced policy decision making.

Today, IFS is Britain’s leading independent microeconomic research institute. Its research remit is one of the broadest in public policy analysis, covering subjects from tax and benefits to education policy, from labour supply to corporate taxation. Our research not only has an impact on policy makers, think tanks and practitioners, it has also gained a worldwide reputation for academic rigour, and contributes to the development of academic scholarship. We communicate our research widely on a national and international scale, providing independent advice to policy makers in the UK, Europe and in developing countries; collaborating with world renowned academics on new economic theories and techniques; and disseminating our research globally through the press, media and the web.

IFS is host to the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy which analyses fiscal policy to determine its effects on households and companies. The Centre’s work covers the full extent of policy impact, investigating the ways in which policies influence human capital investments, work and occupational choice, firm behaviour, saving and retirement decisions, consumer choices and the public finances.


Call for papers: The Econometric Study Group annual conference

The Econometric Study Group Annual Conference will be held this year at the University of Bristol.


Contributions are welcome in any area of econometrics: theoretical, applied or computational. If you would like to present a paper please email a pdf version by Wednesday 1 May 2015.

Invited speakers: Frank Kleibergen (University of Amsterdam), Je ffrey Racine (McMaster University), and Michael Wolf (University of Zurich).

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Correction in the Times about mistaken attribution of numbers to the IFS

This correction appeared in the Times today (referring to this article):

"The figure of £1,000 per working household (“Labour’s £1,000 tax on families”, Apr 24) was extrapolated by us from the Institute for Fiscal Studies finding that a Labour government would increase tax revenues by £12 billion more than the Conservatives by 2020. It was not provided by the IFS."

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Gemma Tetlow helps Tim Harford compile 'economists' manifesto'

Writing for the Financial Times, Tim Harford asked leading economists to contribute to an article on what they would ask any government to consider beyond the election.

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