Facts and figures about UK taxes, benefits and public spending.
Income distribution, poverty and inequality.
Analysing government fiscal forecasts and tax and spending.
Analysis of the fiscal choices an independent Scotland would face.
Case studies that give a flavour of the areas where IFS research has an impact on society.
Reforming the tax system for the 21st century.
A peer-reviewed quarterly journal publishing articles by academics and practitioners.
Household portfolios and risk bearing over age and time
We exploit the US Survey of Consumer Finances from 1998 to 2007 to study households' portfolio risk bearing. We compare alternative measures of risk, based on a financial portfolio or based on a broader portfolio also including human capital, real estate, business wealth and related debt. The measures provide a different ranking of household risk bearing, but they consistently show that risk bearing fell in the 2000s, and it positively correlates with wealth, good health status and financial sophistication. The alternative risk measures give origin to different shapes of the the risk-age profiles.
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