IFS announcements

Announcements about IFS research and researchers.

IFS researcher delivers skills training on revenue data management and analysis with civil servants from Ethiopia

India Keable-Elliott from the IFS's TAXDEV recently delivered remote training on data management and analysis to partners at the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC). The objectives of the training were to support our partners to further develop their familiarity with MS Excel and STATA, and to apply these statistical software skills to analyse revenue data from different tax bases over time. This builds on previous STATA training sessions delivered by IFS researchers in Addis Ababa in January 2017, and are part of TAXDEV’s broader programme of skills development and training in Ethiopia, which provides support to civil servants to enable them to conduct high-quality and independent analysis and modelling of the impacts of tax policy.

The role of evidence for tax policy and administration design: Discussing IFS' work with Tax Administrators from Commonwealth countries

On 1st of September of 2017, Laura Abramovsky spoke at HMRC's International Tax Training Programme, a flagship programme run by HMRC on behalf of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA: http://www.catatax.org/). Laura introduced IFS' work to support evidence-based tax policy and administration design in the UK and in low- and middle-income countries.

The role of evidence for tax policy and administration design: discussing IFS and TAXDEV work with Tax Advisors from Commonwealth countries

On 1 of September of 2017, Laura Abramovsky spoke at the HMRC's International Tax Training Programme, which is a flagship programme run by HMRC on behalf of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Advisors (CATA). Laura showcased the role of IFS and TAXDEV work in facilitating evidence-based tax policy and administration design in the UK and developing countries.

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.

Wave 8 fieldwork completed

The ELSA wave 8 fieldwork was completed in June 2017. The data is currently being cleaned and processed and will be archived in the UK data Service by January 2018.