Facts and figures about UK taxes, benefits and public spending.
Income distribution, poverty and inequality.
Slides, video clips and interactive tools.
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.
David is a Senior Research Economist, currently working in the Direct Tax and Welfare sector and the Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policy (EDePo@IFS). Most of David's work is arranged around the broad themes of poverty, inequality and the tax and benefit system and includes projects both in the UK and in middle income countries. Recent projects include analysis of the distributional and behavioural impacts of tax reforms in Mexico and El Salvador for the World Bank; an assessment of the impact of welfare reforms on labour supply in Wales; and analysis of poverty and inequality in the UK.He is also working with Magali Beffy, Guy Laroque and Costas Meghir on models of family labour supply, a piece of work that has grown out of his work for the Mirrlees Review. More recent research interests include local government spending and the analysis of fiscal issues in the devolved nations of the UK, especially those related to the Scottish independence debate. He also has experience analysing social capital, human capital and consumer demand.
All available publications
David Phillips, March 2014, Scotland's fiscal position worsened in 2012–13 as North Sea revenues fell, Observations
Laura Abramovsky, Paul Johnson and David Phillips, March 2014, Tax design in Turkey and other middle income countries: lessons from the Mirrlees Review, Presentations
Paul Johnson and David Phillips, January 2014, 50p tax – strolling across the summit of the Laffer curve?, Observations
David Phillips, November 2013, Public spending in Scotland: current patterns and future issues, Presentations
Paul Johnson and David Phillips, October 2013, How public spending in Scotland may be affected by independence, External publications , British Politics and Policy at LSE
Benjamin Deaner and David Phillips, September 2013, Scenarios for the Welsh Government Budget to 2025-26, IFS Reports , R83 , Insitute for Fiscal Studies
David Phillips, September 2013, Welsh Government faces tough choices balancing spending over the next 12 years as cuts continue, IFS Press Releases