About the IFS

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.


IFS Associate Director David Phillips attends Scottish Parliament's External Experts Network

David Phillips, Associate Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, attended the first meeting of the Scottish Parliament's External Experts Network in Edinburgh on the 12th June. The aim of this Panel is to support the Scottish Parliament's committees with responsibility for scrutinising issues related to Brexit, the Fiscal Framework and Social Security benefits - issues which David has undertaken research on. In this first meeting, David joined other researchers from across Scotland and the UK, as well as Scottish parliamentarians and parliamentary staff, for an initial discussion of the key challenges in the coming years, and the areas of interest he could contribute to.

The External Experts Panel is a joint venture between the Scottish Parliament and the Centre on Constitutional Change at Edinburgh University.

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IFS researchers present at conference on sanitation financing & revenue models in reuse (human) waste

This conference was organisded by EDePo at IFS and WASTE and benefited from the support of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). The conference brought together from different parts of the world; academics, practitioners and policy-makers with the aim to generate knowledge regarding sanitation financing and revenue models on sludge reuse.

The sessions focused on presentations on policy and impact research in sanitation financing, setting up of impact bonds and (micro)-financing of sanitation. This was followed by presentations delivered by practitioners in the field and WASH specialist who looked into revenue models in reuse of human waste. Discussions were of much interest due to their potential to overcome sanitation challenges in developing countries.

This event benefited from EDePo’s experience gained over the last eight years through collaborations and academically rigorous and innovative methods to evaluate the effectiveness of low cost sanitation on health in developing countries.

Conference proceedings can be found here.

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