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.


BBVA Foundation Awards Richard Blundell Frontiers of Knowledge Award

The BBVA Foundation has named IFS Research Director Richard Blundell as recipient of the 2015 Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Economics, Finance, and Management. Professor Richard Blundell receives this award, together with Professor David Card from University of California at Berkeley, for contributions in empirical microeconomics and public policy. “Motivated by important empirical questions, they (and their various coauthors) developed and estimated appropriate econometric models, making significant methodological contributions in the process.  Both Blundell and Card are known for their attention to institutional detail, careful and innovative research design, rigorous application of econometric tools, and dispassionate reporting of results.Nobel Prizewinner Professor Eric Maskin of Harvard University, Chair of the Jury for the 2015 Award.

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Call for papers: public financing of long-term care

Submissions are invited for this issue of Fiscal Studies will be edited by Joan Costa-Font (London School of Economics), Thomas Crossley (IFS and Cambridge) Edward Norton (University of Michighan) and Luigi Siciliani (University of York). A workshop will be held before publication to discuss the papers.

Long-term care programs have experienced an expansion of government intervention. Population ageing and social change within families (making informal caregiving costly) put significant pressures on government expenditures. A special issue would bring together ideas and empirical evidence to learn more about how to tackle the increasing demand for long term care programs; to measure costs and benefits of different interventions; to assess ahead of time whether the costs are manageable and under control.  We expect to attract a set of papers that would shed some light into how to respond to questions of funding, sustainability, quality, equity and choice.

All submissions to the workshop, to be held at LSE on 3 August 2015, by 1 June 2015 to fiscalstudiesltc@gmail.com

Later submission only for the special issue will be considered before 1 September 2015.

Download full details of the call for papers.

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New course introducing impact assessment

cemmap and the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) at IFS are co-organising a course on impact assessment in February 2015. The course will introduce the various quantitative methods that can be used to estimate the causal impact of a policy intervention and the aim is to give participants an understanding of the suitability of these empirical methods given the nature of the policy under consideration and the available data.

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