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The Institute for Fiscal Studies was founded in 1969. Established as an independent research institute, IFS was launched with the principal aim of better informing public debate on economics in order to promote the development of effective fiscal policy. Through the establishment of rigorous independent research, for example the IFS Green Budget and Post Budget analysis, IFS successfully opened up debate about public policy to a wider audience and influenced policy decision making.

Today, IFS is Britain’s leading independent microeconomic research institute. Its research remit is one of the broadest in public policy analysis, covering subjects from tax and benefits to education policy, from labour supply to corporate taxation. Our research not only has an impact on policy makers, think tanks and practitioners, it has also gained a worldwide reputation for academic rigour, and contributes to the development of academic scholarship. We communicate our research widely on a national and international scale, providing independent advice to policy makers in the UK, Europe and in developing countries; collaborating with world renowned academics on new economic theories and techniques; and disseminating our research globally through the press, media and the web.

IFS is host to the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy which analyses fiscal policy to determine its effects on households and companies. The Centre’s work covers the full extent of policy impact, investigating the ways in which policies influence human capital investments, work and occupational choice, firm behaviour, saving and retirement decisions, consumer choices and the public finances.



Today the Social Security Advisory Committee, of which IFS Deputy Director Carl Emmerson is a member, released their report on the draft Universal Credit (Managed Migration) Regulations 2018. The report, and the government's response to its recommendations can be found here.


This year’s Gorman Lectures will be delivered by Claudia Goldin (Harvard) on May 20/21, 5.30-7pm, at UCL.

There will be a Conference during both days (co-sponsored by CREAM and IFS) themed around Claudia’s work and co-organised by Uta Schoenberg, Monica Costa Dias and Claudia Olivetti.

Established in 2001, the Gorman Lectures are given in honour of the influential economist William Moore "Terence" Gorman. The annual series features a different leading economist each year and has included: Eric MaskinDan McFaddenJames HeckmanAvinash DixitRobert M. TownsendKen ...



On Tuesday, October 30th, Professor Sir Richard Blundell, CBE FBA, will deliver a Levine Family Lecture on "Household Behaviour and the Dynamics of Inequality" at University of California, Davis. The lecture will be held from 4:00 to 5:30pm in the Buehler Alumni Center, Alpha Gamma Rho. Levine Lectures are free and open to the public at large.

Created by the Jay (BA Economics '84) and Tammy Levine Family Foundation, the Levine Family Fund supports activities that further the academic and research mission of the Economics Department, including funding for visiting speakers, undergraduate ...


Annual recruitment round
Salary Fees etc in line with ESRC rates
Apply from October 2018
Closing date January 2019
The IFS runs an annual Graduate Scholarship Programme, whereby students studying for a PhD on an accredited pathway at an ESRC doctoral training centre are affiliated with the IFS.
Annual recruitment round
Salary Between £54K and £68K
Apply from Ongoing
Closing date Ongoing
We are currently interested in applications from experienced economists with expertise in one or more of these areas: labour economics, welfare, pensions, taxation, public finances, and economics of education.