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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 updates and extends the previous IFS work to examine the consequences of these changes for graduates.
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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.
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The official statistics on the distribution of income and the extent of poverty in the UK in 2011-12 were released on Thursday 13 June 2013. Analysis in this report uses the underlying data.
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This report aims to inform policy debate by providing clear evidence on the magnitude of the differences in outcomes between children and adults born at the start and end of the academic year in England.
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James Browne, Andrew Hood and Robert Joyce
This report presents projections of relative and absolute income poverty among children and working-age adults in every year to 2016-17, and in 2020-21.
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James Browne and Barra Roantree
This is the first of two reports examining welfare reform and poverty in Northern Ireland.
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This report provides an overview of socio-economic indicators that can be used to define educational disadvantage.
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This report uses business data to document what happened to a variety of indicators of labour hoarding, as well as investment and training, over the course of the 2008–09 recession.
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This report attempts to quantify, as far as possible, the likely effects of the UK coalition government’s welfare reforms (excluding tax changes) on labour supply in Wales.
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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.