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Year: 134 publications
14 February 2014

In this briefing note, we combine various data sources to provide for the first time a consistent picture on how the size and composition of the public sector workforce has changed over the past 50 years.

15 January 2014

This briefing note updates previous IFS projections of child and working-age poverty in Northern Ireland and the UK as a whole from 2012-13 to 2017-18, and in 2020-21.

04 November 2013

In this briefing note, we document how the food purchases of households in the UK have changed over the recent period of recession and food price rises.

04 November 2013

There has been a marked increase in body weight across much of the developed world. This has taken place, even though data suggest that there has not been an increase in calories consumed. This leads to a puzzle. If calories are declining, why are people gaining weight?

29 October 2013

This Briefing Note looks at the way that tax revenue in Scotland is currently delivered and at the reform options that would be open to an independent Scotland.

19 September 2013
Ben Deaner and David Phillips

This briefing note aims to describe the patterns of public service expenditure in Scotland and to set out a number of issues for the future.

31 July 2013

There has been a growing debate about how the benefits system may be affected if Scotland becomes independent. This briefing note aims to describe the patterns of benefit expenditure in Scotland and set out a number of issues for the future.

18 March 2013
Rachel Griffith, Andrew Leicester and Martin O'Connell

This briefing note considers the effectiveness of the proposed minimum unit price of alcohol.

20 February 2013

This Briefing Note discusses ways of improving the tax system.

26 November 2012

This briefing not examined the outlook for the public finances in the run-up to the 2012 Autumn Statement.

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