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IFS 50th anniversary celebration

The Institute for Fiscal Studies was founded in 1969. For the last 50 years, we have been fortunate to employ some of the brightest and best researchers and have collaborated with renowned academics on new economic theories and techniques as well as providing high quality, politically independent commentary and analysis to policy-makers and the media. Initially established to inform and improve UK tax policy-making through evidence and research, our remit and expertise has significantly widened over time. We now cover important topics such as education, health, public finances, retirement, consumer behaviour, overseas development, tax, inequality and poverty and we aim to freely publish all of our research and much of our data so that other researchers and those working in relevant fields can fully scrutinise and benefit from our work.

On 9 May, we'll be celebrating our 50th anniversary with a public event and drinks reception, where a panel of past and present IFS Directors and researchers will look back at the history of IFS and ahead to the big economic challenges that we'll be covering over the next 50 years. We are delighted that Evan Davis (BBC), Andrew Dilnot, John Kay and Jennifer Rubin (ESRC) will be joining us on the evening. 

If you would like to come and celebrate our birthday with us, please email us at to request a place.