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Newsletter - November 2008
If we had wanted to highlight the continuing relevance of the IFS’s research and public engagement - with our 40th anniversary year just a few weeks away - we could hardly have asked for a better illustration than this week’s Pre-Budget Report.

The Government abandoned its fiscal rules, announced dramatic downward revisions to its public finance forecasts, implemented a temporary VAT change, announced controversial reforms to the income tax and National Insurance system, rethought its plans for environmental tax reform, announced significant changes to business taxes and signalled a tight squeeze on public spending. In the run-up IFS researchers were busily engaged helping the Government, the Opposition parties and the media to prepare. And in its aftermath we had more than 200 people attend our “morning after” briefing and our analysis was cited approvingly by Alistair Darling, George Osborne and Vince Cable in the emergency debate in the House of Commons.

The PBR leaves us with much to analyse in our annual flagship Green Budget, which will be launched at the British Museum on January 28 in association with Morgan Stanley. I hope to see as many of you there as possible, so please sign up. It is also time to sign up for our biennial residential conference in Cambridge on April 2 and 3 2009, which this year focuses on education policy and will bring together leading politicians, academics and other education specialists from the UK and elsewhere.

Robert Chote

New publications
18 November 2008
IFS Working Papers
This paper concerns the decomposition of income risk into permanent and transitory components using repeated cross-section data on income and...
04 November 2008
IFS Working Papers
This paper investigates how the permanent departure of the head from the household, mainly due to death or divorce, affects children's school...
31 October 2008
IFS Briefing Notes
This note looks at a couple of key indicators of the health of the public finances in historical and international perspective to assess whether...
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Fiscal studies
Volume 29, Number 3, September 2008
Teresa Leal, Javier J Pérez, Mika Tujula and Jean-Pierre Vidal
CEMMAP events
20 November 2008
Conference fees:This conference is free of charge but there is a £50 fee should you wish to attend the conference dinner on Thursday 20th November. If you wish to attend the dinner, please...
03 December 2008
UCL Economics Department
How can one evaluate whether a government labour market programme such as the New Deal, or a subsidy to education such as the EMA is actually working? This course deals with the econometric and...
14 January 2009
UCL Economics Department
This three day course will study the specification, estimation, and application of discrete choice models. We will examine theoretical background and practical application of up to date and...