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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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Imran Rasul, co-director of the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, will give the keynote address at the 11th Transatlantic Workshop on the Economics of Crime in Amsterdam on the 26th-27th September. This year’s theme will focus on prevention of crime over the life cycle.


Current job vacancies
Salary From £54,000
Apply from November 2019
Closing date 13 December 2019
The IFS is looking to recruit a number of outstanding economists to join our team.
Current job vacancies
Salary From £36,000
Apply from September 2019
Closing date 22 November 2019
Each year we recruit a number of outstanding post-doctoral economists to join our research teams.
Current job vacancies
Salary £382.50 per week
Apply from September 2019
Closing date 17 January 2020
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 Fees etc in line with ESRC rates
Apply from October 2019
Closing date 24 January 2020
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.