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.


Carl Emmerson appointed as member of Social Security Advisory Committee

We are delighted to announce that Lord Freud has appointed Carl Emmerson, Deputy Director at IFS, as a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC).

Read the Committee's announcement here.



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IFS Director Paul Johnson awarded an honorary doctorate from Exeter

Exeter University today awarded IFS Director Paul Johnson the degree of "Doctor of Laws honoris causa".

Exeter Vice-Chancellor Steve Smith said: "It is with great pleasure that I present Paul Johnson for an honorary degree for his work in the field of Economics, and in recognition of the significant contribution he has made to public policy debates in the UK.... we are honoured to welcome Paul to the University today as an honorary graduate and to recognise his achievements. Above all, we are recognising someone who has a unique - and profoundly - influential voice in UK society. This University shares Paul’s commitment to the creation of informed, data-led public debates."

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IFS Researchers and Fellows present at 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Dynamics.

IFS Fellows have held presentations at this year's Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Dynamics in Toulouse.


Savings and wealth inequality, (Mariacristina De Nardi

Medicaid insurance in old age, (Eric French)

Marriage market, labor supply and education choice, (Monica Costa Dias

The Anatomy of the Wage Distribution. How do Gender and Immigration Matter? (Suphanit Piyapromdee)

This presentation was also given at the Barcelona GSE Summer Forum on Structural Microeconometrics (20-21 June, 2016) and the 1st Rome Junior Conference on Applied Microeconomics Rome (23-24 June, 2016).

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