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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.

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Current job vacancies
Salary from £36,000 per annum
Apply from September 2020
Closing date 9 November 2020
Each year IFS recruits a number of outstanding economists to join our research teams. Applications are open for applicants wishing to start work in autumn 2021.
Current job vacancies
Salary £405 per week
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Closing date 15 January 2021
IFS offers several placements each summer to economics students who are interested in how microeconomics can be applied to public policy issues and who are considering a career in economic research.
Current job vacancies
Salary from £38,000 per annum
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Closing date 20 November 2020
The Institute for Fiscal Studies is recruiting outstanding post-doctoral economists to join our research teams.
Current job vacancies
Salary £38,000 - £45,000
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Closing date 11.59pm on 29th September 2020
With exciting projects underway and growing demand for our commentary and analysis, we are seeking a strong and experienced candidate to manage our busy press office.