IFS announcements

Announcements about IFS research and researchers.

ECORES Lecture Series with Rachel Griffith

Rachel Griffith, Research Director at IFS, is the 1st holder of the newly established ECORES chair. She will give 4 lectures, looking at what different types of policies, aimed at reducing obesity, might achieve in terms of reducing long-run inequalities in health, social and economic outcomes. Lecture topics:

  • "Should governments control what we eat?"(19 April)
  • "Self-control in Food Purchases" (23 April)
  • "Tax Design for Sin Goods" (24 April)
  • "Habit Formation in Sugar Consumption" (26 April)

Full details & registration can be found here:

Ghana Ministry of Finance officials explain how the TAXDEV programme is helping improve tax policy analysis in Ghana

Our partners from the Ghanaian Ministry of Finance joined us in London for the TAXDEV Policy Conference on March 23rd, where they presented our joint work, and discussed some of the key tax policy issues facing Ghana. While they were here they also took part in video interviews to explain how our joint work is helping improve tax policy analysis and the policy-making process in Ghana.

Andara Kamara, Assistant Revenue Officer at the Ghana Ministry of Finance explains how the GHATAX microsimulation model allows policy analysis to move beyond revenue effects".

Dan Nuer, Head of the Tax Policy Unit at the Ghana Ministry of Finance discusses some of the key challenges facing policymakers in Ghana - and how the IFS TAXDEV programme is helping address these challenges.

IFS announces project with the BBC to mark 70 years of the NHS

To mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) will be working with a group of leading independent research organisations including the Health Foundation, the King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust on a project with the BBC.

The group will be coming together to address some of the important questions facing the NHS as it turns 70, the first time all four organisations have come together in this way. 

The following questions will be looked at, and IFS researchers will contribute where expertise allows:

  • how good is the NHS?
  • does the NHS need more money?
  • how can we do better on social care?
  • what will new technology mean for the NHS and its patients?
  • are we expecting too much from the NHS?

The group will be producing independent analysis, which will be a major contribution to the national conversation around the NHS at 70, and will help to inform the BBC's coverage of the NHS at a crucial time. It will be published in late June, shortly before the anniversary.


IFS Director Paul Johnson conferred as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

The Academy of Social Sciences has announced that it has conferred the award of Fellow on 58 leading social scientists, including IFS Director Paul Johnson.

The new Fellows are drawn from academics, practitioners and policymakers across the social sciences. They have been recognised after an extensive peer review process for the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for public benefit.

Announcing the conferment, Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, Chair of the Academy said:

“Each new Fellow has made an outstanding contribution in their respective field and together they demonstrate the vital role played by social science in addressing some of our most pressing public issues. We are delighted to welcome them to the Academy.”

Find out more information here.

Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) afforded official ESRC "Research Institute" status

Today for the first time, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised two global centres of excellence with official ESRC Research Institute status. One of these is the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP), which is based at IFS. The other is the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), at LSE. 

The move acknowledges those centres which have demonstrated sustained strategic value to the Council, as well as to the broader social science research landscape, with long-term, five-year funding. Both CEP and CPP have demonstrated significant impact over the long term on public debates around policy in their areas, particularly in economic and fiscal policy. They are also key centres of excellence for training researchers, building expertise and skills within the UK research community in these areas, to compete at an international level. 

Successful application for Institute status will provide long-term funding (with review every five years) for the new Institute to pursue independent research into ongoing, complex research and societal challenges, as well as to respond promptly in cases of national need. 

Professor Sir Mark Walport, UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive, said: “These two ESRC Institutes represent landmark investments in the national research landscape.  They will continue to play a vital influence in maintaining the UK’s international standing at the cutting edge of economic research, and in influencing thinking on economic and fiscal policy nationally, and globally.  We are delighted that they have been recognised for their achievements to-date and look forward to their future relationship with UK Research and Innovation in helping shape the future of economic research and policy.”

Professor Sir Richard Blundell, Director ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at IFS, said: "We are delighted with the recognition the ESRC has given to us with the award of Research Institute status. Over the last 25 years and more the ESRC has been key to the success of IFS. Centre funding has allowed us to bring rigorous evidence-based research to the analysis of public policy. It has provided a unique environment for building new generations of economists who have gone on to take leading roles both in public policy, the media and academia. It has allowed IFS to respond swiftly, authoritatively and independently to the changing public policy debate.  In recognising the international excellence of our work, Institute status also provides us with stability for the future development of our ambitious research programme. We intend to ensure that we maintain our global leadership and enhance our public policy influence."