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Our goal at the Institute for Fiscal Studies is to promote effective economic and social policies by better understanding how policies affect individuals, families, businesses and the government's finances.

A conference organised jointly by IFS with the London School of Economics and the Paris School of Economics is taking place at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Organised by Richard Blundell, Antoine Bozio, Robert Joyce, Camille Landais and Johannes Spinnewijn, it was preceded by a panel discussion: 'What should policy do about low earnings?'
Corporation tax is levied based on where businesses create value, but what does that mean in today’s world? Are the government right to be considering a revenue-based tax for digital companies? Is an international solution likely? Join us to discuss these and wider issues around business taxation at the IFS/CIOT panel discussions at the main party conferences this autumn.
Our first annual report on education spending in England provides measures of spending per student in the early years, schools, further education and higher education back to the early 1990s. Among the findings this year, the report shows that f unding for 16- to 18-year-olds and for general further education has been cut much more sharply than funding for schools, pre-school or higher education.
A new poverty measure combines elements of the current absolute and relative measures by comparing incomes to a rolling three-year average of median incomes. So how many people are in poverty in the UK? Just over a fifth of the population, a fraction which appears to have changed little over the past 15 years.

Events

Past event
Date 23 September 2018 | 12:45 - 14:00
Location ACC Liverpool
Availablity Places available
For the sixth year in a row, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) are organising two panel discussions at the main party conferences this autumn.
Upcoming event
Date 27 September 2018 | 18:30 - 20:00
Location The Royal Society, London
Availablity Places available
Professor Janet Currie, Chair of the Department of Economics at Princeton University, will give the 2018 IFS Annual Lecture.
Upcoming event
Date 02 October 2018 | 12:45 - 14:00
Location Jurys Inn, Birmingham
Availablity Places available
For the sixth year in a row, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) are organising two panel discussions at the main party conferences this autumn.

Publications and research

We should never stop reminding ourselves just what an astonishing decade we have just lived through, and continue to live through. The UK economy has broken record after record, and not generally in a good way: record low earnings growth, record low interest rates, record low productivity growth, record public borrowing followed by record cuts in public spending.
Following the release of Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) covering 2017–18, we discuss what we can learn about Scotland’s fiscal position from these latest figures.
The government’s Fair Funding Review for councils could hit inner London boroughs like Westminster but help councils in more suburban and rural parts of England, finds new IFS research. This reflects likely changes to assessments of councils’ spending needs and revenue-raising capacity.
Despite receiving 55% of A levels overall this year, girls received just 43% of A levels awarded in STEM subjects. In a new observation IFS researchers explore what drives girls’ A level choices, including why they may or may not opt for maths or physics.
We have have a rather oblique and expensive way of instilling general skills at university. It is probably one reason why those from less advantaged backgrounds still earn so much less than their better-off peers doing exactly the same course.
Received wisdom says household income has stagnated since 2008. Actually the problem goes further back says Senior Research Economist Jonathan Cribb in Prospect Magazine.

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