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.


Rachel Griffith awarded Richard Musgrave Guest Professorship

IFS research director, Professor Rachel Griffith has been awarded the 2017 Richard Musgrave Guest Professorship.  

In 2008, the CESifo Group and the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF) established the Richard Musgrave Visiting Professorship, to honour the memory of one of Public Finance's greatest scholars. Richard Musgrave began his studies at the University of Munich and was a founding member of CESifo. This annual prize honours an outstanding scholar in the area of Public Finance. With this award the prize winner is also named a Distinguished CESifo Fellow.
The award winner is chosen through a formal selection process by the President and Vice Presidents of IIPF together with the President of the CESifo Group.

Rachel Griffith is the first woman to be awarded the Richard Musgrave Guest Professorship. Her work considers a wide range of issues in public economics and micro-econometrics, with a primary interest in bringing academic insights into the policy arena. She has published on topics ranging from corporate taxation, productivity and innovation economics and consumer behaviour. Her work with Philippe Aghion on the relation between competition and innovation is very highly cited. Professor Griffith currently has an ERC Advanced Grant to study consumer behaviour and health in food markets.

In her capacity as guest professor, Professor Griffith will give the 9th Richard Musgrave Lecture entitled "Do Sin Taxes Work?" on 27 April 2017 in the Senate Hall of the University of Munich. She will also give a doctorate course in: "Applied Empirical Industrial Organisation", on 20 and 21 April 2017.

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Current job vacancies

Research Assistant

Salary: £29,394 - £34,613
Closing date:

The postholder will be embedded within the academic team at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford under the supervision of Alan Stein, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. (S)he will be working across two projects, both of which are conducted across the IFS and Oxford University, led by Professor Orazio Attanasio, Research Director at IFS, and on which Professor Alan Stein is also an applicant.

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