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Our goal at the Institute for Fiscal Studies is to promote effective economic and social policies by better understanding how policies affect individuals, families, businesses and the government's finances.
Budget briefcase
The budget date has been announced as March 11. In preparation, you can view our independent, jargon-busting analysis here.
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Today, the Office for National Statistics published its latest Public Sector Finances release, covering data on government revenues and spending up to January of this year.
Our work relies on world-class research, which means world-class researchers. Meet Angus Phimister, one of them.
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The special issue is edited by James Banks, James Cloyne, Monica Costa Dias, Matthias Parey and James P. Ziliak and features contributions from around the IFS.


Upcoming event
Date 26 February 2020 | 09:30 - 11:30
Location One Birdcage Walk, London
Availablity Bookings closed
Two weeks ahead of what could be the most fiscally important Budget for years, IFS researchers will set out their latest assessment of the constraints within which the Chancellor is operating and will assess his options.
Upcoming event
Date 11 March 2020 | 17:00 - 18:45
Location University of Manchester
Availablity Places available
This IFS Public Talk, jointly organised with the University of Manchester, will be given by Rebekah Stroud, Research Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and will look at whether or not there is an economic rationale for interventions aimed at altering people's diets.
Upcoming event
Date 12 March 2020 | 13:00 - 14:45
Location The Building Centre, London
Availablity Places available
The Chancellor is due to deliver his first Budget on Wednesday 11 March 2020. The next day, IFS researchers will present their initial analysis of the Chancellor's announcements on the public finances, spending on public services, and the tax and the benefit system.

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These files provide rich data, all derived from original surveys, in readily usable and user-friendly form.
Objective analysis of economic policy is more important than ever. You can join our network and help us to improve public debate by becoming a member.
With a working majority it looks like we’ll have something approaching a full five-year parliament. Beyond “getting Brexit done” Boris Johnson, his chancellor Sajid Javid and the rest of the cabinet will have plenty on their plate to fill the time.
Employing public sector workers to help deliver public services is a major part of what government does.
In this briefing note, we analyse the early years packages from the Labour party and the Liberal Democrats.
This briefing note provides a summary of the current higher education funding system in England and investigates the two big reform packages that are currently on the table going into the 2019 General Election.