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IFS issues frequent press releases and observations and features regularly in online, broadcast and printed media. Staff also write and contribute to news articles.

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Following the provisional local government finance settlement for 2019–20, we look at how the funding cuts made over the four years between 2015–16 and 2019–20 are set to vary around the country.
Press release
On average, attending higher education increases the age 29 earnings of men by 6% and women by 26%. If we focus on the impact of graduating from higher education, these returns rise to 8% and 28%.
Observation
IFS analysis shows that willingness to pay to use community toilets is low in slums in India but that this could potentially increase if the cleanliness and quality of the facility is improved.

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IFS Research Fellows Gabriella Conti and Martin Weidner have been awarded Consolidator Grants by the European Research Council (ERC). The ERC bestows the Consolidator Grants to outstanding researchers who have a promising scientific track record, and between 7-12 years of experience after the completion of their doctorates.

The ERC grants have been awarded to 291 top scientists across Europe. Funding for these researchers, part of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, is worth in total €573 million and will give them a chance to build up their teams and have far-reaching ...

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On 28 November, IFS Research Director Orazio Attanasio gave a lecture as part a series convened by the Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning (CEDIL) and the Centre for Evaluation, addressing methods and innovation in primary studies. The lecture was entitled, 'Contextualised structural modelling for policy impact' and focused on Early Childhood interventions. You can find out more and watch a video of the lecture on the CEDIL website.

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On average, attending higher education increases the age 29 earnings of men by 6% and women by 26%. If we focus on the impact of graduating from higher education, these returns rise to 8% and 28%.
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IFS Research Director Orazio Attanasio has given the 2018/19 Richard Ely Distinguished Lecture Series at Johns Hopkins Department of Economics:

Lecture 1: November 12, 2018; 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm; 

The process of human development over the early years: what we know and what we don’t

Lecture 2: November 13, 2018; 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm; 

Modeling parental behavior

Lecture 3: November 15, 2018; 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm;

Human capital policies: what can be done and at what scale 

The department has funded The Richard Ely Distinguished Lecture Series since 1998. For a two-week period once a ...

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Today the Social Security Advisory Committee, of which IFS Deputy Director Carl Emmerson is a member, released their report on the draft Universal Credit (Managed Migration) Regulations 2018. The report, and the government's response to its recommendations can be found here.

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Children from poorer backgrounds now have more spent on their education than do those from better-off families.
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This year’s Gorman Lectures will be delivered by Claudia Goldin (Harvard) on May 20/21, 5.30-7pm, at UCL.

There will be a Conference during both days (co-sponsored by CREAM and IFS) themed around Claudia’s work and co-organised by Uta Schoenberg, Monica Costa Dias and Claudia Olivetti.

Established in 2001, the Gorman Lectures are given in honour of the influential economist William Moore "Terence" Gorman. The annual series features a different leading economist each year and has included: Eric MaskinDan McFaddenJames HeckmanAvinash DixitRobert M. TownsendKen ...


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We know that higher education provides a significant boost to earnings. But when considering future family income, other aspects matter too: how many hours graduates work, who they partner and how much tax they pay.