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.


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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Case studies on young people's transitions included in new repository

A repository of case studies, collected by IFS researchers under the auspices of the Centre for the Analysis of Youth Transitions (CAYT) is now included in a larger online resource, the Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS). The resource will also make research carried out by CAYT researchers, from IFS, the Institute of Education and the National Centre for Social Research, available to those providing or evaluating services for young people.

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Paul Johnson on the World this Weekend

In this clip IFS director Paul Johnson discusses the Conservatives' inheritance tax and Labour's tax avoidance proposals on the World this Weekend.

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