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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.

The failures of our economic policy in recent decades have not arisen from constraints imposed by the EU, they have been our own failures.
On average, attending higher education increases the age 29 earnings of men by 6% and women by 26%. If we focus on the impact of graduating from higher education, these returns rise to 8% and 28%.
The independence of the UK Statistics Authority and the Committee on Climate Change makes their analysis, statistics and recommendations trustworthy. It allows governments to be held to account.
It's a fact that spending on schools in England is much higher than it was 20 years ago. But that's not the full picture in a country which has seen a population boom coincide with a squeeze on public spending.


Upcoming event
Date 04 January 2019 | 09:30 - 16:45
Location Institute for Fiscal Studies, London
Availablity Places available
The Institute for Fiscal Studies is holding a day of talks on issues in public economics of interest to undergraduates in economics and related disciplines. The aim will be to focus on the policy implications of research carried out at the institute.
Upcoming event
Date 13 March 2019 | 16:00 - 18:00
Location University of Manchester
Availablity Places available
This IFS Public Talk, jointly organised with the University of Manchester, will be given by Jack Britton, Senior Research Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and will give an economist's perspective on the ongoing tuition fee debate.

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Men with low levels of formal qualifications have had a terrible time in the labour market and are at risk of worse to come.
We are now accepting applications for opportunities to join our research teams in 2019 for newly graduated - with undergraduate, masters or doctoral qualifications - as well as more experienced economists.
New figures show that men tend to spend longer commuting to work than women. IFS analysis shows that this ‘gender commuting gap’ starts to widen after the birth of the first child in the family and continues to grow around a decade after that. This bears a striking resemblance to the evolution of the gender wage gap.
Children from poorer backgrounds now have more spent on their education than do those from better-off families.
Videos and presentations are available from the IFS briefing, following the Chancellor's Budget Statement on Monday 29 October 2018. The IFS Green Budget, published earlier in October, provides detailed background analysis.
We know that higher education boosts earnings. But when considering future family income, other aspects matter too: how many hours graduates work, who they partner and how much tax they pay.

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