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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.

The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) is a multidisciplinary cohort study that features an extensive range of data from a representative sample of men and women living in England who are aged 50 and over.
Our annual Green Budget looks at the issues and challenges facing Chancellor Philip Hammond as he prepares for his Budget later in October. The full report, slides and recordings from the launch presentations are online.
It is hard to overstate just how big a change universal credit will be. It will create millions of winners and losers. Any poll tax moment, though, is most likely to occur for administrative reasons.
A new report by researchers from the IFS and the Center for Global Development (CGD) analyses how UK aid is spent and the potential drivers of changes over recent years.


Upcoming event
Date 22 October 2018 | 18:00 - 20:00
Location The British Academy, London
Availablity Places available
This is the thirteenth in a series of lectures and debates being organised by the CIOT and the IFS to promote debate among policy-makers, opinion-formers and the wider tax and economics communities on the future of the UK and international tax systems.
Upcoming event
Date 30 October 2018 | 13:00 - 14:45
Location The Building Centre, London
Availablity Places available
On Tuesday 30 October, IFS researchers will present their analysis of Chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Budget - the first Budget to be held on a Monday since 1962.
Upcoming event
Date 07 November 2018 | 16:20 - 17:45
Location Room G03, University of Birmingham
Availablity Places available
Where should decisions on our taxes and public services be taken? Is more local responsibility a good thing that will empower communities to improve and tailor services? Or does it simply risk worsening ‘postcode lotteries’ in access to services and the taxes we pay? These questions and more will be discussed at an event at Birmingham University.

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The IFS is looking to recruit an outstanding and experienced economist with a strong interest in education economics. Applications close on 15 October 2018.
New IFS research looks at young adults and the housing market in England. The analysis focuses on how barriers to homeownership have changed in the last 20 years and considers possible policy solutions.
In new research, we look at potential changes to trade barriers with the EU and examine the consequences these might have for different industries, workers and regions. We shed light on relative impacts across different groups in the population and find that men with fewer qualifications are most at risk from potential new trade barriers.
In this Times article, Paul Johnson looks at some of the detail in what he argues are the most radical tax and spending plans placed before the electorate by one of the main parties in more than 70 years.
Professor Janet Currie, Chair of the Department of Economics at Princeton University, gave the 2018 IFS Annual Lecture on 27 September on the topic of "Life, death, and mental health: How access to care helps children succeed". A video of her lecture, as well as her slides, are now available on the IFS website.
A conference organised jointly by IFS with the London School of Economics and the Paris School of Economics took 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?'

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