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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.
Accident and emergency
The national Accident and Emergency (A&E) four-hour waiting time target is once again in the news headlines.
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These files provide rich data, all derived from original surveys, in readily usable and user-friendly form.
Budget briefcase
The budget date has been announced as March 11. In preparation, you can view our independent, jargon-busting analysis here.
Our work relies on world-class research, which means world-class researchers. Meet Polly Simpson, one of them.


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
Chancellor Sajid Javid 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.
Upcoming event
Date 07 - 08 May 2020 | 09:00 - 17:00
Location Washington D.C., USA
Availablity Places available
This conference will bring together leading researchers and policy makers to discuss recent research on taxing personal income and wealth with relevance for developing countries. A unique feature of the conference will be the blending of frontier academic research with the practical experience of policy makers.

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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.
Here, we examine how the scale and make-up of public sector employment has evolved over the last 20 years.