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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Recent Reports

By Stuart Adam; Louis Hodge; David Phillips; Xiaowei Xu

This latest report by UK think tank the IFS looks at reform of the council tax system.  Council tax matters.…

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By Jack Britton; Lorraine Dearden; Laura van der Erve; Ben Waltmann

This latest report from UK think tank the IFS looks at the differing financial benefit of going to university. Going…

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By Tom Harris; Louis Hodge; David Phillips

This latest report from UK think tank the IFS looks at financial changes in English local government. The 2010s have…

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By Various authors

This report from the UK think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies looks at the six big economic challenges that…

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By George Stoye; Ben Zaranko

This report from the UK think tank Institute for Fiscal Studies looks at how health spending has changed over the…

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By Carl Emmerson; Christine Farquharson; Paul Johnson

This report from the UK think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies looks at the issues and challenges facing Chancellor…

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By Jack Britton; Christine Farquharson; Luke Sibieta

This report from the UK think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies looks at education spending in England. Education spending…

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By Maddalena Conte; Helen Miller; Thomas Pope

This report from the UK think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies compares money raised by tax revenues in the…

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IFS Green Budget 2020

This event, hosted by UK think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies will analyse the economic trauma since the March…

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