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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.

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The review is a comprehensive five-year study of inequalities in society led by Nobel Prize-winning economist Sir Angus Deaton and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.
If the world can get to net zero in the second half of this century we should be able to avoid some of the worst consequences of climate change. The UK should play its part.
Imran Rasul and Oriana Bandiera share the 2019 Yrjo Jahnsson award - for work that's careful, empirical, relevant, robust and on rather different issues to those you might expect.
Today the Office for National Statitics published their March 2019 public sector finance numbers for the UK. 2018-19 saw the lowest deficit since 2001–02, following many years of fiscal consolidation since the financial crisis.

Events

Upcoming event
Date 04 June 2019 | 09:30 - 12:00
Location One Great George Street, London
Availablity Places available
New IFS research, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, examines the effect that Sure Start has had on health outcomes. To what extent has Sure Start benefitted children’s health? Which groups of children benefit the most? How might these benefits have come about?
Upcoming event
Date 07 June 2019 | 14:00 - 15:00
Location University College London, London
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As part of the UCL Festival of Culture, Professor Sir Richard Blundell (UCL Economics and Institute for Fiscal Studies) will lead a presentation and discussion on inequality in the UK at this free public event.
Upcoming event
Date 19 June 2019 | 10:00 - 12:00
Location Church House Conference Centre
Availablity Places available
At this event, IFS researchers will present the key findings from the latest in the series of flagship IFS annual reports on living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK. Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the report will analyse the latest data on living standards, while setting this in the context of developments in pay, employment and inflation.

Publications and research

Rachel said: "we have a great opportunity...to shape how economics is perceived and to encourage greater diversity in the economics profession.”
IFS researcher and co-director of the ESRC Centre for Public Policy (CPP) at IFS, Imran Rasul, has been awarded the Yrjö Jahnsson prize for his work on the role of social relationships in economics.
Unlike many other countries, the UK routinely uprates the cash values of most tax thresholds and benefit rates each year in line with inflation, to maintain their real value. In several cases, however, this routine uprating has been cancelled for extended periods. Some of these policies raise revenue; others give money away. But in neither case is it sensible policymaking.
The government raises over £1 in every £3 in the UK economy in tax. On Wednesday 3 April, IFS Deputy Director Helen Miller will look at how tax has changed in recent decades and what it means to aspire to a well-designed tax system. She will then join John Kay (economist, author and former IFS Director) and Ben Page (Ipsos Mori).
The deadline is fast approaching for organisations to publish their gender pay gaps for a second year. The reporting requirements have brought greater scrutiny to the gender pay gap, but they miss a potentially key part of the problem: the tendency of men and women to work for different types of organisations.
The UK's lowest-paid workers are about to get a pay rise - the result of an increase in the minimum wage on Monday. The government is considering what to do after 2020 and further rises are possible. So, is there a limit to how much they could be paid? And what are the benefits and risks of paying more?

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