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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.



The AEA, in conjunction with 59 associations in related disciplines known as the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA), holds a three-day meeting each January to present papers on general economics topics. This January, several IFS economists presented their work. 

IFS Research Fellow, Phillipe Aghion, presented work on 'The Innovation Premium to Soft Skills in low-skilled occupations'.

IFS Research Director Orazio Attanasio gave the European Economic Association Lecture on 'Consumption Insurance in Networks with Asymmetric Information'.

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On Wednesday 19 December, IFS Associate Director David Phillips gave evidence to the Finance and Constitution Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the Scottish Government's taxation proposals. The session was reported live here.


On 12 December, IFS research economist Tom Waters gave evidence to the Commons Work and Pensions Committee on the two child limit in tax credits and Universal Credit. The committee session is available to watch online here.


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