Hosting one of the UK’s only two prestigious UKRI-funded social science Research Institutes, IFS economists carry out cutting-edge empirical research on a par with our leading universities.
IFS Research Director, Rachel Griffith, was awarded honorary membership to the American Economic Association and - alongside IFS Research Fellow Carol Propper was made a Dame in the New Year's Honours List.
IFS Research Director Richard Blundell received the 2020 Jacob Mincer Award for lifetime contributions to field of labour economics. Additionally, with IFS colleagues, Richard won an ONS award for research excellence.
Research Director Imran Rasul received an OBE for services to social sciences and appointed Fellow of the Econometric Society.
Our research and expertise is drawn upon by national, regional and local policymakers in the UK and overseas, as well as MPs from all parties. We publish high quality, policy-relevant research:
“When I worked in the Treasury, we knew the IFS would keep us honest...and we knew that having an independent check on our costings and analysis was an excellent discipline.”
Lord Gus O’Donnell, former Cabinet Minister and IFS President
One of the fruits of IFS’s national and international collaboration with leading academics and policymakers is the Review of Inequalities in the 21st century , led by Novel Prize-winner, Sir Angus Deaton. The review involves over 100 academics from around the world, including Penny Goldberg (World Bank), Thomas Piketty (Paris) and Nobel-Prize winner Jean Tirole (Toulouse).
“I am delighted that IFS and the Nuffield Foundation have launched this review, and am honoured that I have been asked to chair it. It is an exciting prospect to work with so many distinguished scholars in so many disciplines to try to understand more about the nature of inequality, what it is about inequality that upsets so many people, and what might be done about it.”
Professor Sir Angus Deaton, Nobel Laureate and Chair of the Review
Find out more about Inequality: The IFS Deaton Review here.
We inform public and policy debates on issues such as education, health, inequality and the public finances. We significantly increased engagement and reach in 2020.
IFS staff regularly engage with journalists from print, online and broadcast media. Our research, analysis and reactive commentary earned us over 25,000 UK media mentions in 2020 (source: Kantar).
“The Institute for Fiscal Studies’ genuine impartiality has become a major asset in scrutinising claims and counter claims.”
Heather Stewart, The Guardian