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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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The AEA, in conjunction with 59 associations in related disciplines known as the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA), holds a three-day meeting each January to present papers on general economics topics. This January, several IFS economists are presenting their work. 

IFS Research Director Rachel Griffith is presenting papers on 'Tax Design in the Alcohol Market', 'The Innovation Premium to Soft Skills in low-skilled occupations' and 'How well targeted are soda taxes?'.

CPP Director Richard Blundell is presenting papers on 'Nonlinear Persistence and Partial Insurance: Innovations in ...

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On Wednesday 19 December, IFS Associate Director David Phillips gave evidence to the Finance and Constitution Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the Scottish Government's taxation proposals. The session was reported live here.

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On 12 December, IFS research economist Tom Waters gave evidence to the Commons Work and Pensions Committee on the two child limit in tax credits and Universal Credit. The committee session is available to watch online here.

Jobs

Current job vacancies
Salary From £54K
Apply from 3 January 2019
Closing date 1 February 2019
The senior economist will work in the Tax sector. We are looking for somebody who will be a key member of teams working on projects and who can, or will soon be able to, lead projects in their own right. A central role for economists at this level is to undertake high quality and rigorous research and policy analysis in a timely and efficient manner.
Current job vacancies
Salary £70,000 to £85,000
Closing date 15 February
The IFS is recruiting a Research Director for the Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV). This role provides an outstanding opportunity to lead the development of IFS’ research agenda on tax, social protection and development, working closely with colleagues and a network of academics and policymakers.