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Reports provide in-depth coverage of findings from substantive research with long-term policy relevance. They are aimed at non-specialists, as well as academics.
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This report examines trends in the organisation of general practitioner (GP) practices in England between 2004 and 2010, and the relationship between practice size and two indicators of the quality of care: Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) scores; emergency inpatient admissions for ambulatory ...
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Rebecca Allen, Chris Belfield, Ellen Greaves, Caroline Sharp and Matt Walker
This report provides the first evidence of the relative cost-effectiveness of different routes into teaching in England, describing and empirically estimating the costs and benefits of different routes into teaching while accounting, as far as possible, for the selection of teachers with different ...
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This report describes new research on the impact of different pre-school experiences on academic outcomes at the end of Key Stage 4 (KS4, age 16) and relates this to the potential longer-term economic benefits for both the individuals themselves and the exchequer.
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Daniel Chandler and Gemma Tetlow
In this report, we distinguish between factors affecting mainly the demand for older workers and those affecting mainly the supply of older workers. However, in practice, it is very difficult to disentangle the effects of the two.
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This report focuses on trends in public sector pay and compares these with what has been happening in the private sector.
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This report analyses government statistics about the distribution of income in the UK (Households Below Average Incomes or HBAI).
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Carl Emmerson, Katy Heald and Andrew Hood
This report presents projections of mortality, family composition, health, care receipt, care provision, labour supply and receipt of disability benefits for people aged 65 and over from 2010–11 through to 2022–23.
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We produce an independent estimate of the long-run cost of providing student loans.
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This report updates and extends the previous IFS work to examine the consequences of these changes for graduates.
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Barra Roantree and Jonathan Shaw
Most analysis of the impact of taxes and benefits on households is cross-sectional, with individuals classified as rich or poor, and gains and losses calculated, using a single snapshot of data. In this report, we argue the case for taking a longer-run perspective.
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As Chancellor George Osborne prepares for his keynote statement on fiscal policy and the economy the IFS Green Budget assesses some of the issues he will have to deal with.
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Stuart Adam, James Browne, William Jeffs and Robert Joyce
Council tax benefit (CTB) was abolished in April 2013 and local authorities in England were charged with designing their own council tax support (CTS) schemes in its place. This report analyses the CTS schemes that local authorities adopted in the first year of the new policy.
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Andrew Hood and Robert Joyce
This report compares and contrasts the economic circumstances of individuals born between the 1940s and the 1970s, currently aged between their mid-30s and mid-70s.
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Michael Amior, Rowena Crawford and Gemma Tetlow
This report examined the long-run fiscal pressures an independent Scotland would face given high public spending, an ageing population, and declining oil revenues.
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This report investigates the feasibility of different scenarios for spending on higher education by illustrating the implications that such spending would have for other areas of BIS spending.
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Arun Advani, Paul Johnson, Andrew Leicester and George Stoye
In this report, we show the effects of energy price rises over the recent past, look at what current policies mean for effective carbon prices and their impact on bills, and consider the distributional consequences of a more consistent approach to carbon pricing, alongside possible changes to the ...
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Arun Advani, Samuela Bassi, Alex Bowen, Sam Fankhauser, Paul Johnson, Andrew Leicester and George Stoye
This report examines the effect of UK government policies on energy use and carbon pricing.
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This report considers the extent to which differences in parental characteristics explain gaps in cognitive and socio-emotional development between children at older ages.
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Benjamin Deaner and David Phillips
This report examines the changes in Welsh Government spending in recent years, and sets out a number of scenarios for the Welsh Government’s budget for the period to 2025.
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Rowena Crawford, Soumaya Keynes and Gemma Tetlow
We use a unique data set combining lifetime National Insurance contribution histories with detailed micro data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing to look at who will benefit from the introduction of the single-tier state pension.