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.
Researchers at IFS monitor the changes in inequality across the population.
The aim of this project, which is jointly funded by the NAPF and ESRC, is to examine, theoretically and empirically, some key questions relating to individual engagement with the annuity market. This programme of work focuses on the decumulation stage of pension saving – in particular, examining annuitisation decisions – which has been relatively under-researched compared to the accumulation phase.
The objectives of this project is to study how individuals' labour supply is affected by the structure of the tax and benefit system and to what extent the different work patterns observed in France, the UK and the US (and how these have changed over time) can be explained by the different tax and benefit structures. The project aims at using household data sets and microsimulation models of tax and benefit systems in a comparable manner across these three countries.
This theme is concerned with transitions both within the compulsory education phase and beyond.
Changes to participation and marginal tax rates, and changes in employment and labour supply will be described, and the changes will be placed in the context of the significant changes to the tax system in the 1980s.
The principal work on this project has been undertaken by Emma Chamberlain and Professor Judith Freedman.
The study aims to quantify the relationship between ethnicity and labour market outcomes, especially employment entry and benefit exit, for Jobcentre Plus overall and for its programmes and mainstream services. It will also investigate the relative impact in terms of ethnic parity of different Jobcentre Plus programmes.
This project investigates the nature of retirement saving. In particular we make use of the English Longitudinal Survey of Ageing to examine the determinants of retirement saving and retirement ages.
The project will estimate the impact of an extension of the National Minimum Wage to 16 and 17 year olds on their labour market and education choices.
The objective of this project is to evaluate a forthcoming pilot scheme for reforms to incapacity benefit.
This project is being co-ordinated through RAND in California and brings together a large international group of researchers. By using new data and a number of different modeling approaches it aims to improve understanding of retirement decisions particularly considering what makes people reduce their work effort later in life than we have to date.
Preparation and presentation of a paper at an ESRC seminar on Pensions, Pensioners and Pensions Policy to also include brainstorming sessions, writing the research booklet and fielding any associated media enquiries.
The centre for economic research on ageing gathers together IFS research about ageing and will take it forward on a coherent basis, targeting the research towards the big policy questions in the economics of ageing. At the heart of the centre is the analysis, and design, of individual level data on all aspects of later life, including economic and social position, health and cognitive function.
This project investigates the extent of constraints on desired hours of work within jobs and the degree of flexibility of the labour market for a sample of women.
Health inequalities among the older population have important implications for a range of policy issues as our population continues to age.
Working with the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL this project aims to show how pension arrangements and incentives relate to other individual circumstances such as income, wealth, broader measures of socio-economic position, physical and mental health and functioning, the nature of work and leisure activities and family circumstances.
This research involved some secondary analysis of data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) to allow the Pensions Commission to carry out comparisons of a MORI survey with the ELSA data, to provide additional information on the pensions arrangements of LSA respondents and to provide additional information on the expectations of ELSA respondents.
While hedonic models have been used for decades to analyse labour markets, one aspect of the labour market has been neglected.
This strand of research is developing models of life-cycle consumption, labour supply and savings with fixed costs of labour force participation and other such fixed costs.
The research develops models of life-cycle consumption, labour supply and savings with fixed costs of labour force participation and other non-convexities. These non-convexities have important impacts on household intertemporal decision problems because they result in households making choices about consumption, labour force participation, and housing tenure that exhibit discrete jumps in response to changes in the economic environment.
The Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) Demonstration is testing a new strategy for improving job retention and advancement of individuals who are either already employed in low paying jobs or who have newly entered work from benefits.
This work examines in some detail the Departments new pension simulation model looking at the assumptions that underpin the model and considering how it might be improved.
This research, which is performed in cooperation with the IMF, provides an analysis of the Russian income tax reform of 2001. This reform introduced a flat-rate income tax system. We analyse both its effects on labour supply and on tax compliance.
The aim of the project is to exploit very large and comprehensive new Swedish datasets to evaluate the effects of the Swedish Active Labour Market Programmes (ALMPs) for the unemployed on a variety of labour market outcomes of participants.
Current research is looking at changes in wealth in the over 50 population and continuing to look at consumption around retirement in order to understand the adequacy of retirement saving.
Research in this area has focused on policy design issues arising from recent announcements, and in particular, ISAs and Stakeholder Pensions, Pension Credit, MIG and State Second Pension. Current research continues to look at general and specific issues in pension policy, particularly in the light of the recent Green Paper.
This work updates earlier research looking at the proposals for the Pension Credit.
This project evaluates the government's Sure Start Wraparound pilot projects.
Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP)
The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing is an exciting new study, the aim of ELSA is to become an interdisciplinary data resource on health, economic position and quality of life as people age.
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