Measuring inequality, poverty and living standards

IFS Researchers have been at the forefront of measuring changes in inequality, poverty and living standards for over 25 years. We undertake analysis to understand different measures of living standards, which can lead us to important insights into how the distribution of living standards is changing. In addition, we work with the Department for Work and Pensions to produce consistent measures of the distribution of household income using UK survey data. These data form a consistent series back to 1981 and are available as microdata or summary statistics. Our expertise in data on income and consumption facilitate international collaborations to understand changes in inequality and living standards across different developed countries.

Journal Article | Quarterly Journal of Economics
This paper places the debate over using consumption or income in studies of inequality growth in a formal intertemporal setting. It highlights the importance of permanent and transitory income uncertainty in the evaluation of growth in consumption inequality.
Journal Article | The Economic Journal
We document that households in the UK with extremely low measured income tend to spend much more than those with merely moderately low income. This phenomenon is evident throughout three decades worth of microdata and across different employment states, levels of education and marital statuses.

Contacts

Barbara Sianesi

Barbara Sianesi

Senior Research Economist

Luke Sibieta

Luke Sibieta

Programme Director

David Phillips

David Phillips

Associate Director

Robert Joyce

Robert Joyce

Associate Director

Jonathan Cribb

Jonathan Cribb

Senior Research Economist

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Senior Research Economist

Chris Belfield

Chris Belfield

Research Economist