Research in this area encompasses both healthcare systems and individual health.
Our work on healthcare systems focuses on the increased use of market mechanisms within the NHS. We examine the responses of patients, GPs and other healthcare workers to market incentives, and the impacts upon recorded NHS activity and hospital outcomes.
Our work on health includes:
- trying to understand the relationship between socio-economic status and health;
- examining the causes and consequences of poor health across the lifecycle;
- the effect of individuals’ consumption decisions on health; and
- how public policy can influence these behaviours.
We also compare levels of and inequality in health in the UK with patterns seen in other developed countries.
As part of their research in this area, IFS researchers sometimes make use of administrative records.This includes the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and ONS mortality records. Further detail on these data, and how they are used together, can be found here.