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.

Announcements

Introduction to 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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CALL FOR PAPERS - Improving productivity in developing countries

CALL for PAPERS: Improving productivity in developing countries: identifying bottlenecks and obstacles to productive investments and technology adoption (A conference by the Centre for Evaluation of Development Policies (EDePo) at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, London, UK)

The call for papers for this conference is now open and will close on 28 February 2015. Confirmed speakers include: Prof. Pascaline Dupas, Prof. Imran Rasul, Prof. Eliana La Ferrara and Prof. Mark Rosenzweig.

The organising committee invites submissions of high-quality research papers studying these constraints and other policy relevant topics in a developing country context. For more information please see the conference event page

 

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Report launched on the dynamics of ageing

This report, the sixth wave of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, a survey of people aged 50 and over in England, was launch on 23 October. It focuses on three issues that are of importance to public policy and scientific investigation: intergenerational financial transfers and the distribution of wealth; the evolution of lifestyles at older ages; and trends in obesity among older people.

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