IFS Briefing Notes (BN118)

The impact of tax and benefit reforms by sex: some simple analysis

Date: 23 June 2011
Authors: James Browne
DOI: 10.1920/bn.ifs.2011.00118

The Equalities Act 2010 puts an obligation on the government to give 'due consideration' to how its policies affect gender inequalities. In this paper, we show some simple ways in which the government could examine the impact of tax and benefit reforms on men and women using household level data that it already has available.