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.


Paul Johnson appointed to the Board of the Office of Tax Simplification

We are delighted to announce that the Chancellor has appointed Paul Johnson, Director IFS, to the Board of the Office of Tax Simplification.

Read the Board's announcement here.

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IFS Researchers present at 72nd Annual Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance

This year IFS Researchers are attending the 72nd Annual Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance on "Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Public Policy", taking place from 9 to 11 August 2016 at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA.

IFS Researchers will present at the following lectures:

Health Care and Health Outcomes
Session Chair: Melanie Luhrmann, IFS and Royal Holloway, University of London 

The E ffects of Fluoride In The Drinking Water
Discussant(s): Melanie Luhrmann (IFS and Royal Holloway, University of London)

Preferences for Sugar and the Eff ects of a Soft Drinks Tax
Martin O'Connell (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

Impact Of The Structure Of Household On Demand For Health Care Service And Health Expenditure: In The Case Of Advancement Of Aging In Japan
Discussant(s): Martin O'Connell (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

Increasing incomes, increasing waistlines? The impact of Chinese income growth on nutrition and diet
Melanie Luhrmann (IFS and Royal Holloway, University of London)

Sin Goods
Session Chair: Kate Smith, Institute for Fiscal Studies

Regulating Tobacco Consumption
Discussant(s): Kate Smith (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

Corrective Taxes and Consumer Heterogeneity in the Alcohol Market
Rachel Griffith, Martin O'Connell, Kate Smith (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

Immigration and the Use of Public Maternity Services in England
George Patrick Stoye (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

Bitterness in Life and Attitudes towards Immigration
Discussant(s): George Patrick Stoye (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

Firm Behavior
Firm level investment spikes: evidence from the UK's Great Recession
Richard Disney, Thomas Pope (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

How do small firms respond to tax schedule discontinuities? Evidence from South African tax registers
Discussant(s): Thomas Michael Pope (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

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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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