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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.

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The review is a comprehensive five-year study of inequalities in society led by Nobel Prize-winning economist Sir Angus Deaton and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.
If the world can get to net zero in the second half of this century we should be able to avoid some of the worst consequences of climate change. The UK should play its part.
Imran Rasul and Oriana Bandiera share the 2019 Yrjo Jahnsson award - for work that's careful, empirical, relevant, robust and on rather different issues to those you might expect.
Today the Office for National Statitics published their March 2019 public sector finance numbers for the UK. 2018-19 saw the lowest deficit since 2001–02, following many years of fiscal consolidation since the financial crisis.

Events

Upcoming event
Date 04 June 2019 | 09:30 - 12:00
Location One Great George Street, London
Availablity Places available
New IFS research, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, examines the effect that Sure Start has had on health outcomes. To what extent has Sure Start benefitted children’s health? Which groups of children benefit the most? How might these benefits have come about?
Upcoming event
Date 25 June 2019 | 18:30 - 20:00
Location The Royal Institution, London
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In the context of demographic change, among other trends, how will the incomes of pensioners in the future be supported? This IFS at 50 event will look at how our pensions and savings system has worked to support retirement incomes and how we should think about supporting future generations of pensioners in the decades to come.
Upcoming event
Date 26 September 2019 | 18:30 - 20:00
Location The Royal Society, London
Availablity Places available
We’re pleased to announce that Professor Pinelopi (Penny) Koujianou Goldberg, Chief Economist of the World Bank Group, will give the 2019 IFS Annual Lecture on the unequal effects of globalisation.

Publications and research

Rachel said: "we have a great opportunity...to shape how economics is perceived and to encourage greater diversity in the economics profession.”
IFS researcher and co-director of the ESRC Centre for Public Policy (CPP) at IFS, Imran Rasul, has been awarded the Yrjö Jahnsson prize for his work on the role of social relationships in economics.
Unlike many other countries, the UK routinely uprates the cash values of most tax thresholds and benefit rates each year in line with inflation, to maintain their real value. In several cases, however, this routine uprating has been cancelled for extended periods. Some of these policies raise revenue; others give money away. But in neither case is it sensible policymaking.
The government raises over £1 in every £3 in the UK economy in tax. On Wednesday 3 April, IFS Deputy Director Helen Miller will look at how tax has changed in recent decades and what it means to aspire to a well-designed tax system. She will then join John Kay (economist, author and former IFS Director) and Ben Page (Ipsos Mori).
The deadline is fast approaching for organisations to publish their gender pay gaps for a second year. The reporting requirements have brought greater scrutiny to the gender pay gap, but they miss a potentially key part of the problem: the tendency of men and women to work for different types of organisations.
The UK's lowest-paid workers are about to get a pay rise - the result of an increase in the minimum wage on Monday. The government is considering what to do after 2020 and further rises are possible. So, is there a limit to how much they could be paid? And what are the benefits and risks of paying more?

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