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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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Setting supposedly binding fiscal rules, missing them, abandoning them and replacing them with something new has become something of a habit.
"In the long term the only sustainable response to a smaller economy is to spend less on public services or tax more to support them."
The IFS Green Budget 2019, in association with Citi and the Nuffield Foundation, looks at the issues and challenges facing Chancellor Sajid Javid as he prepares for his first Budget.
In this chapter, part of the forthcoming Green Budget, we examine both how satisfactorily tax policy treats motoring as we find it today and how it might be made ready for the future.


Upcoming event
Date 17 - 18 October 2019 | 09:00 - 17:00
Location London
Availablity Places available
Organised By: Richard Blundell (University College London and Institute for Fiscal Studies) and Itay Saporta Eksten (Tel Aviv University and University College London)
Upcoming event
Date 28 October 2019 | 18:30 - 20:00
Location The Royal Institution, London
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Little is more important to our society and economy than the effectiveness of our education system. This IFS at 50 event will look at how spending on and effectiveness of the different stages of education have changed over time, how well children from different social backgrounds do, and what the big challenges are for the future.
Upcoming event
Date 04 November 2019 | 13:00 - 14:00
Location Facebook Live
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In this online webinar, IFS Research Economist Ben Zaranko will be looking at the economics of healthcare and social insurance, answering questions such as how and why do countries differ in how they provide health care, and why can’t we just leave it to the market?

Publications and research

Every year we recruit outstanding research economists, post-doctoral fellows and summer students. Applications for this year are now open.
It has been announced that the Labour Party would, if in Government, introduce “emergency” reforms to Universal Credit with the intention of developing a new social security system to replace it altogether. IFS researchers provide comment and analysis.
The new prime minister has expressed a desire to radically overhaul the direct personal tax system. This chapter sets out the impacts of the prime minister’s proposed policies.
The IFS Deaton Review is the most comprehensive scientific analysis of inequalities yet attempted. Find out more at our dedicated website.
Over 50 countries and localities, including the UK, have recently introduced taxes on soft drinks. In new IFS research, we survey the evidence on the effects of soft drink taxes on prices and purchases in 27 studies covering 11 jurisdictions.
Our second 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.

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