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.
This project aims to produce several contributions of considerable policy and practical relevance, as well as of methodological interest, for the study of the returns to educational qualifications using data from the National Child Development Survey.
Supported by the EU 6th Research Framework and Marie Curie Research Training Actions
A small ESRC funded grant to support the activities of a specialist study group, which runs workshops during the year and an annual residential conference. Most of the money can only be used for travel and subsistence of participants.
Research has investigated the finite sample properties of alternative testing procedures, including bootstrap methods.
The objective of this research is to apply LIV to several interesting empirical problems in labour economics.
We are investigating theoretical issues related to appropriate inferences in the context of semiparametric and nonparametric methods.
Research under this theme examines the nature of the restrictions that endow an econometric model with the power to identify particular structural features.
Measurement error contaminates many responses recorded in microdata.
When considering changes in welfare caused by policy interventions it is good to know how individuals within households are affected by a policy.
Testing for functional structure in preference orderings
Characteristics models are based on the idea that people have preferences over generic characteristics of goods and services and they have been found to be useful in many areas of economics and psychology.
Hedonic models are fundamental in the analysis of markets with differentiated products.
It is difficult to measure the contribution of school quality to student outcomes. Since parents choose where their children attend school, it is impossible to tell using a naïve analysis whether students at 'good' schools do well because the schools are good or whether they do well because they are in some sense 'good' students.
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.
How important is income in determining children's outcomes? A methodology review of econometric approaches
Policymakers have used the wide body of research evidence from around the world, which purports to show that children who grow up in poor families experience a wide range of negative outcomes, to justify large increases in benefits to families with children. The most commonly found justification for this approach has been that it serves to improve children's outcomes, both in childhood and later in life.
The Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice (cemmap) provides a focus for development, understanding and application of methods for modelling individual behaviour, the influences on it and the impact of policy interventions.