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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.

Men with low levels of formal qualifications have had a terrible time in the labour market and are at risk of worse to come.
We are now accepting applications for opportunities to join our research teams in 2019 for newly graduated - with undergraduate, masters or doctoral qualifications - as well as more experienced economists.
New figures show that men tend to spend longer commuting to work than women. IFS analysis shows that this ‘gender commuting gap’ starts to widen after the birth of the first child in the family and continues to grow around a decade after that. This bears a striking resemblance to the evolution of the gender wage gap.
Children from poorer backgrounds now have more spent on their education than do those from better-off families.

Events

Upcoming event
Date 04 January 2019 | 09:30 - 16:45
Location Institute for Fiscal Studies, London
Availablity Places available
The Institute for Fiscal Studies is holding a day of talks on issues in public economics of interest to undergraduates in economics and related disciplines. The aim will be to focus on the policy implications of research carried out at the institute. We will also have a number of IFS alumni talking about applying economics in their careers.

Publications and research

Videos and presentations are available from the IFS briefing, following the Chancellor's Budget Statement on Monday 29 October 2018. The IFS Green Budget, published earlier in October, provides detailed background analysis.
We know that higher education boosts earnings. But when considering future family income, other aspects matter too: how many hours graduates work, who they partner and how much tax they pay.
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.

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