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The Institute for Fiscal Studies was founded in 1969. Established as an independent research institute, IFS was launched with the principal aim of better informing public debate on economics in order to promote the development of effective fiscal policy. Through the establishment of rigorous independent research, for example the IFS Green Budget and Post Budget analysis, IFS successfully opened up debate about public policy to a wider audience and influenced policy decision making.

Today, IFS is Britain’s leading independent microeconomic research institute. Its research remit is one of the broadest in public policy analysis, covering subjects from tax and benefits to education policy, from labour supply to corporate taxation. Our research not only has an impact on policy makers, think tanks and practitioners, it has also gained a worldwide reputation for academic rigour, and contributes to the development of academic scholarship. We communicate our research widely on a national and international scale, providing independent advice to policy makers in the UK, Europe and in developing countries; collaborating with world renowned academics on new economic theories and techniques; and disseminating our research globally through the press, media and the web.

IFS is host to the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy which analyses fiscal policy to determine its effects on households and companies. The Centre’s work covers the full extent of policy impact, investigating the ways in which policies influence human capital investments, work and occupational choice, firm behaviour, saving and retirement decisions, consumer choices and the public finances.

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Attila Lindner, a Research Associate at the IFS, has co-written the lead paper in The American Economic Review August 2019 edition.
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The new Chancellor has the opportunity to take a new approach to making tax policy. The UK needs a tax system formed through a considered strategy which reduces the burdens of compliance on business and can become a source of competitive advantage for the UK.
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The 34th Annual Congress of the European Economic Association will meet at Manchester University from August 26th – August 29th.

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Annual recruitment round
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We are currently interested in applications from experienced economists with expertise in one or more of these areas: labour economics, welfare, pensions, taxation, public finances, and economics of education.
Annual recruitment round
Salary from £36,000 per annum
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Closing date 11 November 2019
Each year IFS recruits a number of outstanding economists to join our research teams.