IFS announcements

Announcements about IFS research and researchers.

IFS Associate Director David Phillips attends Scottish Parliament's External Experts Network

David Phillips, Associate Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, attended the first meeting of the Scottish Parliament's External Experts Network in Edinburgh on the 12th June. The aim of this Panel is to support the Scottish Parliament's committees with responsibility for scrutinising issues related to Brexit, the Fiscal Framework and Social Security benefits - issues which David has undertaken research on. In this first meeting, David joined other researchers from across Scotland and the UK, as well as Scottish parliamentarians and parliamentary staff, for an initial discussion of the key challenges in the coming years, and the areas of interest he could contribute to.

The External Experts Panel is a joint venture between the Scottish Parliament and the Centre on Constitutional Change at Edinburgh University.

IFS researchers present at conference on sanitation financing & revenue models in reuse (human) waste

This conference was organisded by EDePo at IFS and WASTE and benefited from the support of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). The conference brought together from different parts of the world; academics, practitioners and policy-makers with the aim to generate knowledge regarding sanitation financing and revenue models on sludge reuse.

The sessions focused on presentations on policy and impact research in sanitation financing, setting up of impact bonds and (micro)-financing of sanitation. This was followed by presentations delivered by practitioners in the field and WASH specialist who looked into revenue models in reuse of human waste. Discussions were of much interest due to their potential to overcome sanitation challenges in developing countries.

This event benefited from EDePo’s experience gained over the last eight years through collaborations and academically rigorous and innovative methods to evaluate the effectiveness of low cost sanitation on health in developing countries.

The event has been kindly supported by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Accounts held at IFS.

Conference proceedings can be found here.



cemmap awarded ESRC Large Research Grant to 2021

Cemmap has won a £1.9m research grant to fund research and outreach. Cemmap researchers Pedro Carneiro, Andrew Chesher, Raffaella Giacomini, Toru Kitagawa, Dennis Kristensen, Lars Nesheim, Aureo de Paula, Martin Weidner and Daniel Wilhelm with Sokbae Lee (Columbia) and Adam Rosen (Duke) will work together to research on the theme Advancing Microdata Models and Methods. This grant also funds continuation of cemmap’s famous courses, masterclasses, conferences and its working paper series. Proposals for collaborative ventures are welcome.

TAXDEV workshop: taxation of businesses in low- and middle-income countries

On 25 May 2017 The Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV) hosted a research workshop on the taxation of businesses in low- and middle-income countries, attended by academics and policy makers from Europe, North and South America and Africa. Professor Michael Devereux delivered the keynote address, and seven academics presented insights on tax policy and administration, enforcement and compliance from projects across Africa, South America and Asia. In addition to corporate income tax (CIT), there was a focus on VAT, turnover and simplified taxes and withholding taxes. The workshop was funded by the Department for International Development (DFID).