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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.


IFS and Ghanaian Ministry of Finance disseminate their joint work at event in Accra, Ghana, attended by key public sector, private sector and international stakeholders

Researchers from IFS TAXDEV were in Accra on 7th March 2018 for an event hosted by the Ghanaian Ministry of Finance (MoF). The event was a chance to present ongoing work on tax policy analysis that is being undertaken in collaboration with the MoF and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and to get feedback and suggestions from key stakeholders. 

IFS researchers David Phillips and Ross Warwick and MoF analysts Seth Anoff Akuffo and Andara Kamara from the Revenue Policy Division (RPD), presented three strands of their joint work:

1. Refining approaches to costing new tax policies, including accounting for the potential impacts of policies on taxpayer behavior.

2. Building a tax and transfer microsimulation model (GHATAX) to assess the impacts of tax and transfer policies and policy proposals on the incomes of different sections of Ghanaian society

3. Improving the availability of micro-level tax data, to allow more reliable and accurate tax policy analysis

Anthony Dzadrza, director of the RPD, introduced and closed the event, and Edward Abrokwah, Principal Economics Officer of the RPD set out the background to our joint work, and chaired discussions. 

The event was attended by representatives from several divisions of the MoF, the GRA, the Ghana Statistical Service, the International Growth Centre, the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, the University of Ghana, the IMF, USAID, GIZ, DfID, PwC, KPMG and Ali Nakyea and Associates. Attendees provided useful comments and suggestions on taking this work forward and provided positive feedback on the work undertaken to date. 

Ghanaian officials meet with IFS researchers

Ghanaian officials, and key public sector, private sector and international stakeholders meet with IFS researchers

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