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.
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 presentation was delivered on 18 October 2012 at an ESRC conference, 'Social mobility and Equality: early years, education and transition to the labour market'.
The Government’s controversial reforms to higher education funding - involving an increase in the cap on tuition fees to £9,000 per year and the removal of most direct funding for universities - have this month been implemented. However, the new system is substantially more progressive than its predecessor, as the richest graduates are likely to repay ten times as much as the poorest, and would even pay back more than the value of what they borrowed. Here we summarise IFS research assessing who wins and who loses from these reforms.
It has been reported that the education secretary is planning radical reforms to GCSEs in England. With this year's GCSE results out tomorrow, IFS researchers examine the desirability of these potential reforms and whether they would actually represent a substantial change compared with the current system. The evidence also raises a third and more fundamental question: what are GCSEs for?
When all primary school pupils in Newham and Durham were offered free school meals, attainment levels rose. Pupils in these areas made between 4 and 8 weeks more progress over a two year period than similar pupils in other areas.
Browse publications & research
Estimating human capital of graduates: the influence of institution, gender, year of entry into higher education and subject
Started: 09 October 2013
The costs and benefits of different initial teacher training routes: the recruitment, training and retention of trainee teachers in England
Started: 01 May 2013
Started: 29 June 2011
Started: 28 September 2010
Started: 09 November 2009
We provided evidence to the Browne Review of higher education funding about the impact of a number of higher education finance reforms.
We analysed the impact of the 2006 HE funding reforms and informed the surrounding debate.