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Making policy robust to change and uncertainty is vital.
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The idea of having our own trade policy, of cutting tariffs, of signing shiny new trade agreements sounds terribly enticing. The reality, though, is boring. Get a sense of scale, throw in some simple arithmetic and sprinkle a basic understanding of trade and it is obvious that the economic costs of ...
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A second round of councils began piloting so-called 100% rates retention this month. Neil Amin-Smith and David Phillips from the Institute for Fiscal Studies look at the financial implications of the pilots.
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In a new Municipal Journal article, David Phillips and Neil Amin-Smith discuss what the government might be hoping for from its business rates retention pilots and analyse the financial implications of the pilots for both pilot and non-pilot councils.
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An anti-obesity drive is about to see a tax introduced on sugary drinks across the UK, while Scotland is set to impose a minimum price on alcohol to target problem drinking. But does making unhealthy products more expensive persuade people to make "better" choices? And what are the trade-offs ...
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Towards the end of last month, the Department for Work and Pensions published the latest version of Households Below Average Income. Not a publication with a title to set the pulse racing, perhaps, but the most thorough analysis we have of what has been happening to household incomes and ...
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IFS Director Paul Johnson writes in The Times.
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Carl Emmers, Deputy Director at IFS, is writing in the Times Red Box about the Chancellor's Spring Statement 2018.
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IFS Director Paul Johnson writes in The Times.
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A new IFS report funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that one important factor in the gender wage gap is that mothers spend less time in paid work, and more time working part time, than do fathers, and as a result, they miss out on earnings growth associated with more experience.
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IFS Director Paul Johnson writes in The Times.
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IFS Director Paul Johnson writes about the power of statistics in an article for Prospect Magazine .
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Andrew Hood
The Institute for Fiscal Studies says that a large chunk of the £200bn debt held by UK households is manageable
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IFS director Paul Johnson looks at the issues behind the persistence of the gender pay gap.
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The impact of variation in diet quality across individuals on obesity and diet-related disease has received much attention, but variation in individuals’ diet quality over time less so. This column combines British data on food purchases with a model in which individual choice is driven by the ...
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This article by Paul Johnson, published in the Times Newspaper, looks at the issue of hypothecating taxes for the NHS.
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IFS Director Paul Johnson writes in The Times.
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IFS Director Paul Johnson writes in The Times.
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Trying to find an apprenticeship for my teenager exposed how biased we are against training
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In a recent Guardian column, Elliot reproduced some classic misconceptions about what economists actually do.