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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.


Richard Blundell receives 2020 Jacob Mincer Award for lifetime contributions to field of labor economics


Current job vacancies
Salary £28,000 - £32,000 pro rata
Apply from 18 June 2020
Closing date 30 June 2020
The IFS is looking for a short-term, close to Full-Time Research Assistant. The successful candidate will work with IFS and University of Oxford research staff on a project looking at the effects of the New Homes Bonus (NHB) on local authority planning decisions and real estate development outcomes. The project is likely to major impact as it is expected to feed into a review of the NHB this Summer.
Current job vacancies
Salary £21,000
Apply from 17 June 2020
Closing date 8 July 2020
We are looking for a hardworking and creative individual to join us for a 12-month internship as a Communications Officer. Already much in demand for our comment and analysis, we want to develop and improve our online and publications presences to gain greater impact and reach.
Annual recruitment round
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Applications for Post-Doctoral Fellows will next be open in autumn 2020.
Annual recruitment round
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Applications for Research Economists will next be open in autumn 2020.
Annual recruitment round
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Applications for summer student placements will next be open from autumn 2020.