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IFS issues frequent press releases and observations and features regularly in online, broadcast and printed media. Staff also write and contribute to news articles.

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By freezing the thresholds at which child benefit is withdrawn, the personal allowance is withdrawn and the top rate of income tax applies, recent governments have, rather stealthily, increased the tax rates on high earners and the number of people facing high marginal rates of tax.
Observation
Women work for less productive, lower-paying firms than men, our new analysis suggests - which may contribute to the gender pay gap. This difference between the kinds of firms that men and women work for opens up around the time women have children, when many switch to part-time work or start ...
Observation
Automatic enrolment is a key government policy to help employees save privately for their retirement. We find that it substantially increased workplace pension participation among those working for small employers by around 45 percentage points to reach 70% of targeted employees – with most, but ...

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The Royal Economic Society has appointed IFS Research Director Professor Rachel Griffith as its new President for 2019/20. Rachel is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester, Research Director of the IFS and Co-Director of the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP).

She is the Society’s first female President in over 35 years and becomes only the second woman to hold the post in the Society’s 129-year history.The Society also named Professor Carol Propper (Imperial College London) as President-Elect for 2019/20. They will join the ranks of other ...

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IFS researcher and co-director of the ESRC Centre for Public Policy (CPP) at IFS, Imran Rasul, has been awarded the prestigious Yrjö Jahnsson prize for his work on the role of social relationships in economics. Imran, who is also a professor at University College London, receives the 2019 award jointly with Oriana Bandiera (London School of Economics).

The award was previously given to Richard Blundell, now director of CPP, in 1995. This was for his work in microeconometrics and the analysis of labour supply, welfare reform and consumer behaviour. The award is selected by the European ...

Press release
By freezing the thresholds at which child benefit is withdrawn, the personal allowance is withdrawn and the top rate of income tax applies, recent governments have, rather stealthily, increased the tax rates on high earners and the number of people facing high marginal rates of tax.
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Paul Johnson has given evidence to the Commons Treasury Committee during their Spring Statement session on Wednesday 3 April 2019.

MPs asked how much 'fiscal headroom' the Chancellor might have for increasing spending given the improvements to borrowing forecasts at the Spring Statement. They asked whether the Chancellor was still aiming for budget balance, and how to improve sharing of data and analysis around fiscal events.

Watch the session on Parliament Live. Catch up on all of our Spring Statement 2019 analysis.

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Years of cuts and rising demands for services like social care mean that council funding in England looks increasingly unsustainable. In this context, the idea of devolving additional tax revenues and powers has been gaining traction among English councils, as they seek both more funding and ...
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Chris Belfield, Jack Britton, Neil Shephard and Laura van der Erve
The current system of funding undergraduate education means that costs to government are highest for subjects where graduates earn the least, and lowest for subjects where they earn the most. This is an unintended consequence of the English loan-based system, which costs taxpayers about £9 billion ...
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The statistical analysis the government cites to justify not including deprivation in the funding formula for many key services does not stand up to full scrutiny.
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This morning the ONS released the latest public finance numbers, which provide data on public sector receipts and spending through to the end of January 2019. These are the final set of monthly data due to be published before the Chancellor’s Spring Statement which is scheduled for Wednesday ...