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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 provides new empirical evidence on the level and distribution of retirement saving in England.
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This Commentary provides an update on trends in poverty and inequality in Great Britain for 2005.
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This commentary compares the university funding of Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. These policies have important implications for students, graduates, universities and taxpayers.
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Robert Chote, Carl Emmerson, David Miles and Zoe Oldfield
The IFS Green Budget 2005 examines the options open to the Chancellor in his forthcoming Budget.
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This report sets out what has happened to income and expenditure inequality in the 1990s and early 2000s, comparing the changes to previous decades. Although income is very often used for assessing living standards in this country, spending is often more informative, because many people can choose ...
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This report describes the survey that was carried out in 122 communities in rural Colombia bythe consortium formed by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Econometria and SEI as the baselinefor the impact evaluation of Familias en Acción, a programme to foster the accumulation ofhuman capital in ...
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This is the baseline evaluation report of Familias en Acción, a conditional cash transfer programme.
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This Commentary presents a detailed analysis of the latest figures and recent trends.
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Laura Blow, Andrew Leicester and Zoe Oldfield
How and why has the way in which the average British family spends its money changed over the past 25 years? Those are the key questions examined in this report, using data from the UK FES between 1975 and 1999. It looks not only at broad changes in total spending, but also at how the division of ...
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Robert Chote, Carl Emmerson and Zoe Oldfield
The IFS Green Budget examines the Chancellor's options for the Budget 2004.
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In this commentary, IFS compares the reforms proposed by the two parties, looking at the effect on student and graduate finances, the distributional impact on households with different incomes, and the cost to the Exchequer and taxpayers in general.
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This commentary reviews the government's tax and benefit reforms affecting pensioners to date, and examines the evidence from the latest official low income figures on the government's record on pensioner poverty so far.
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Robert Chote, Carl Emmerson and Helen Simpson
The Green Budget looks at the Chancellor's options for his March Budget.
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Stuart Adam, Mike Brewer and Howard Reed
This commentary describes the changes to the structure of child-contingent support through the tax and benefit system since 1975. It also presents new results, which were produced to quantify explicitly the amount of government support for families with children, using representative samples of ...
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The main measure of inflation in the UK is the retail price index (RPI). One way to think of the RPI is as a measure of the changing cost of buying a very large shopping basket containing all of the purchases of a typical UK household. There is, of course, no such thing as a typical household. As a ...
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Mike Hawkins and Julian McCrae
In this commentary, the authors examine the effect of stamp duty on the stock market, on business investment and on merger and acquisition activity. They consider possible threats to the long-run sustainability of stamp duty revenues. The commentary goes on to assess the potential revenue ...
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Mike Brewer, Tom Clark and Alissa Goodman
Before the 2001 election the Treasury said that `tax and benefit reforms announced in this Parliament will lift over 1.2 million children out of relative poverty. But official figures released on 11 April show a smaller fall in child poverty, of only 0.5 million since 1996-97. This commentary ...
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This IFS book (March 2002) reveals that mothers still face substantial hurdles in undertaking paid employment. For those who do manage to work, childcare arrangements are a diverse mixture of carers, cost and quality. Government initiatives to increase the availability of childcare places have a ...
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The Green Budget 2002 looks at the options open to the Chancellor in his March Budget.