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 launches new directory of longitudinal population studies

IFS has launched a new searchable directory of Low and Middle Income country Longitudinal Population Studies. Developed on behalf of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust, it aims to provide a valuable resource for researchers, funders and those interested in understanding changing socio-economic and health circumstances and to enhance opportunities for international and interdisciplinary research collaboration.

You can access the directory here: https://www.ifs.org.uk/tools_and_resources/longitudinal

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IFS Senior Research Economist Peter Levell has been appointed to the ONS's Technical Advisory Panel on Consumer Prices

We are delighted to announce that IFS Senior Research Economist Peter Levell has been appointed to the ONS's Technical Advisory Panel on Consumer Prices.

The Advisory Panel on Consumer Prices (Technical) (APCP Technical) provides independent advice to the National Statistician on technical aspects of consumer price indices.



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IFS part of new obesity policy research unit

We are delighted to announce that IFS will be a partner in the newly established National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Obesity Policy Research Unit (OPRU), to be hosted by the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and in partnership with researchers at IFS, UCL, City University and King’s College, London.

OPRU has received funding of £5 million from the Department of Health to help improve the evidence base to support the government in the implementation and evaluation of its Childhood Obesity Plan. The key IFS researchers who are involved in OPRU are Rachel Griffith, Martin O’Connell and Kate Smith.

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