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.


Stuart Adam gives evidence to Work and Pensions Committee

IFS researcher, Stuart Adam, is giving evidence on Wednesday 22 March to the Work and Pensions Committee enquiry on Self-employment and the gig economy.

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IFS researchers give evidence to Treasury Committee

IFS researchers Carl Emmerson, Paul Johnson and Helen Miller are giving evidence on 14 March 2017 to the Treasury Committee as part of the Budget 2017 inquiry. The Treasury Committee questions the Office for Budget Responsibility and the Institute for Fiscal Studies as part of its inquiry into the Budget.

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IFS Associate Director, Cormac O'Dea, awarded Netspar PhD thesis award

We are delighted to announce that IFS Associate Director, Cormac O'Dea, has been awarded the prize for the best PhD thesis (Essays in the economics of consumption and saving) by Netspar.

Netspar is Dutch organiation that works to continually enhance the environment in the Netherlands for financing retirement.

Find more information about Netspar and the award here.


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