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.
Our research considers the determinants and effectiveness of educational investments across the lifecycle, from early childcare and pre-school education, through to primary and secondary schools, post-compulsory schooling, higher education and adult learning.
Our overarching aim is to understand the relative effectiveness of different policy interventions aimed at promoting human capital investment. To this end, we have a wide range of research and policy evaluation projects underway.
This report aims to inform policy debate by providing clear evidence on the magnitude of the differences in outcomes between children and adults born at the start and end of the academic year in England.
New research published today provides fresh evidence on the extent to which their month of birth continues to affect individuals throughout their lives.
Reading and maths skills at age 10 and earnings in later life: a brief analysis using the British Cohort Study
This note looks at the relationship between reading skills and maths at age 10 with earnings in later life.
Gillian Walnes and Heather Boyce
This study examines the effect of a typical Anne Frank Scotland project on White-British 11 and 12 year olds.
This paper studies the intergenerational effects of maternal education on children's cognitive achievement, behavioural problems, grade repetition, and obesity, using matched data from the female participants of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79) and their children.
IFS research provides new evidence on the consequences of recent changes to university funding in England
Two new pieces of research on higher education funding are published today. These reports have been funded by the Nuffield Foundation and will be presented as part of the ESRC’s Festival of Social Science on Friday 9th November.
This Note examines what happened to HE participation overall and at highstatus institutions following the increase in tuition fees (and accompanying changes to student support and other policies designed to 'widen' participation) that occurred in 2006-07.
Fees and student support under the new higher education funding regime: what are different universities doing?
An in-depth analysis of the new student support arrangements following changes to the HE education finance regime introduced in September 2012.
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IFS was instrumental in creating data that is helping policymakers understand the barriers to attending university faced by poor children.
We provided evidence to the Browne Review of higher education funding about the impact of a number of higher education finance reforms.
IFS research increased awareness of the disadvantages faced by children born at the end of the academic year.
We analysed the impact of the 2006 HE funding reforms and informed the surrounding debate.
An IFS assessment of the effectiveness of the Education Maintenance Allowance informed the Government’s decision to extend the policy nationwide in 2004.
We provided a rigorous assessment of the rationale for a pupil premium and analysis of how it would affect school finances.