Effects of policy on inequality, poverty and living standards

Government policy can have pronounced effects on the distribution of resources held, and living standards experienced, by the population. Since our foundation, researchers at IFS have sought to analyse and inform the public about these effects. Each year, in the days following the Budget, Autumn or Spring Statements, we publish an assessment of the distributional impact policy changes announced will have. We also carry out detailed analysis of measures that affect poor and low-paid families (like Universal Credit, the most radical overhaul of the working age benefits system for decades); provide the public with an overview of the government’s record and parties’ proposals at election time; and assess the impact of policy changes on inequality, poverty and living standards over the longer-run.

Journal Article | Oxford Review of Economic Policy
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IFS Working Paper
In this paper we look at how the tax and benefit system redistributed income and affected incentives to work in 2009-10, and at the effect of tax and benefit reforms between 1978-79 and 2009-10 on the level of inequality and work incentives.
Journal Article | Economic Journal
Official statistics give rise to the perception that UK income inequality increased substantially during the 1980s, but are not of themselves adequate to provide unambiguous conclusions about inequality changes.

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James Browne

James Browne

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

Sarah Cattan

Sarah Cattan

Associate Director

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Senior Research Economist

Chris Belfield

Chris Belfield

Research Economist