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.


cemmap awarded ESRC Large Research Grant

The Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice (cemmap) has won a £1.9m, four year grant in the ESRC 2017 Large Grants Competition.

The new grant funds research to advance our ability to address questions about the structure of complex economic and social processes using big data and new tools of econometrics and statistics.  The research programme is built around five interlocking themes: big data and machine learning, dynamics and complexity, robust models, networks and interactions, and survey design and measurement.

Cemmap (www.cemmap.ac.uk) is a joint venture by UCL and the Institute for Fiscal Studies founded in 2000 with a grant from the Leverhulme Trust and an ESRC Research Centre since 2007. The new grant based at IFS provides support to 9 researchers at UCL’s Department of Economics, 2 overseas researchers, and support for cemmap’s on-going programme of seminars, workshops, training courses and master classes.

Andrew Chesher is  Principal Investigator with Co-Investigators and researchers: Pedro Carneiro, Áureo De Paula, Raffaella Giacomini, Toru Kitagawa, Dennis Kristensen, Sokbae Lee (Columbia), Lars Nesheim, Adam Rosen (Duke), Martin Weidner and Daniel Wilhelm.

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Current job vacancies

Communications Intern

Salary: £370 per week
Closing date:

The IFS is looking for a graduate intern to work in our communications office on a range of projects to enhance the communication of our research. The purpose of an intern’s role is to contribute to the day-to-day activities of the communications team and to carry out discrete projects – which will be determined based on the needs of the Institute combined with the skills and interests of the intern.

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