Institute for Fiscal Studies

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (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.

The IFS is non-profit and non-political and receives funding from a range of sources, including the Economic and Social Research Council, UK Government departments, foundations, the European Research Council, international organisations, companies and other non-profit organisations. It holds the highest ratings for funding transparency from from Who Funds You? (rated A) and Transparify (rated 5 stars).

The IFS was founded in 1969. In 2018, it was awarded prestigious ‘Institute’ status from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), recognising us as a “global centre of excellence” that has made a significant contribution to the social science landscape. Its Director is Paul Johnson.

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This report from UK think tank the IFS looks at education spending per student across the life cycle. In this…

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This report from UK think tank the IFS analyses state pension provision for the self-employed in the context of the…

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By Rowena Crawford; Heidi Karjalainen

This report from UK think tank the IFS looks at the decline in pension saving amongst the self-employed. In this…

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This report from UK think tank the IFS looks at the huge economic trauma since the March 2020 Budget. The…

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By Kate Ogden; David Phillips; Jean-Christophe Spiliotis

This report from UK think tank looks at the longer shadow on councils’ finances of covid-19. The COVID-19 crisis is…

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This report from UK think tank the IFS presents analysis of some of the first data on children’s lives during…

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By Luke Sibieta

This report from UK think tank the IFS presents their annual report on education spending in England. School spending covers…

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By Alex Davenport; David Dorn; Peter Levell

This report from UK think tank the IFS looks at changing public attitudes to trade in developed economies. In this…

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