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.
Vanessa Fry and Graham Stark
For most of its lifetime there has been broad consensus on the role of the basic state retirement pension within the benefit system. Most pensioners were poor.
Paul Johnson, Stephen McKay and Stephen Smith
This commentary concentrates on the particular issues raised by environmental taxation, in the form of the additional tax burden and its distribution accross households.
Vanessa Fry, Stephen Smith and Stuart White
Paul Baker and Stephen McKay
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An IFS economist advised a “Citizens Jury” on the welfare system, including basic facts and important issues about its purpose and structure.
IFS researchers played an important role in the analysis underlying the findings of the National Equality Panel set up by the Labour Government.
IFS researchers develop a model of the Mexican tax system that will be used by the Mexican Government analysts.
Reform of the complex French state pension system was informed by recommendations by IFS researchers.
IFS researchers present and discuss new research on retirement saving with a group of business leaders and policy makers.
The IFS has made valuable contributions to the debate on VAT and its impact on the poor.
IFS researchers have monitored the extent to which some households experience higher rates of inflation than others.
In light of Government objectives to increase environmental taxation, we investigate whether the UK tax system is becoming more or less ‘green’.
Government departments used IFS research to inform decision-marking about a temporary cut in VAT.
IFS researchers found that the Saving Gateway was not the best way to support lower income families; government acted on this advice.
Methods developed at IFS for measuring wealth were instrumental in establishing a detailed government dataset about assets and debt in Britain.
IFS researchers and the World Bank plan to develop capacity and tools in developing countries for the comprehensive analysis of tax reforms
In a tough economic climate IFS looks at how households are able to cope.
IFS researchers have investigated whether it is possible to measure the distributional impact of changes to spending on public services.
The IFS played a key role in the debate about who the tax and benefit changes in recent ‘Emergency Budget’ hit hardest.
How to keep warm in winter: what are the effects of benefits designed to protect elderly households from the coldest winters?
IFS researchers have investigated the relative merits of government policies designed to protect elderly households from the coldest winters.
IFS researchers suggest that a minimum price for alcohol could have a big impact.
IFS develops data on food prices and nutrition to build capacity for policy-relevant social science research.
Extensive research on inequality allowed us to develop an online model where users can plot their position in the income distribution.
An IFS research fellow is leading an independent review into how to make automatic enrolment into workplace pensions operate best.
IFS analysis forms an important input into the public debate about child and pensioner poverty and what policies are best suited to tackle these.
Past research into pension reform has contributed to evidence given to government on public service pensions.
IFS researchers have evaluated whether the temporary VAT cut was able to boost the economy effectively.