IFS announcements

Announcements about IFS research and researchers.

The IFS wins UK think tank of the year

The IFS was awarded the UK think tank of the year for 2015, for the second year running. The award, run by Prospect Magazine, has not previously been given to the same organisation two years in a row.

The Institute was also the winner in the 'financial and economic' category.

One of the judges, the distinguished economist George Magnus, commended the IFS 'for throwing a light into plenty of dark spaces.'


Jeffrey Racine: Applied Nonparametric Econometrics

This is a cemmap masterclass by Jeffrey Racine, McMaster.

In the masterclass, a unified framework for nonparametric and semiparametric kernel-based analysis will be studied.

It will focus on kernel-based methods capable of handling the mix of categorical (nominal and ordinal) and continuous datatypes one typically encounters in the course of applied data analysis.

Please note that computers will not be provided and therefore participants are expected to bring their own laptops.


Event details:

Monday 22 - Friday 26 June 2015

09:00 - 16:00

Jevons Lecture Theatre, University College London


New IFS research to focus on health and social care spending on older people

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) is to carry out new research on the need for, and use of, health and social care services among older people in England, and how these services interact – thanks to funding from the Health Foundation, an independent health care charity.

The IFS researchers will investigate how public money is allocated across health and social care services for older people with different types of needs, and the effect on their health outcomes and wellbeing.

The research project will be led by IFS Programme Director Gemma Tetlow. She says, “With an ageing population and limited public funding, it is important to understand how health and social care spending can be directed most efficiently and how these services can complement one another to produce the best outcomes."

The IFS research is one of four projects selected for support by the Health Foundation under its £1.5 million Efficiency Research Programme.