About the IFS

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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Professor Sir Richard Blundell presents paper at AEA meeting 2017

Professor Sir Richard Blundell presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association in Chicago.

In his presentation 'What We Have Learned From Structural Models' - Learning From Data in Economics (chaired by James Heckman, Chicago), Richard Blundell argues that reliable empirical policy research in economics acknowledges the importance of aligning structural models with reduced form evidence.

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Current job vacancies

Research Assistant: early childhood intervention, India

Salary: Between £22,876 and £27,508
Closing date:

We are seeking to recruit a Research Assistant (RA) to support a research project on early childhood development in rural India. The project involves the design, implementation and evaluation by randomized controlled trial of a psycho-social stimulation and nutritional education program that aims to promote child development by improving interactions between mothers and their infants/children. The project is a collaboration between the Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies at IFS and Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Pratham India, CECED at Ambedkar University and J-PAL South Asia.

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Current job vacancies

Research Assistant: sanitation intervention, India

Salary: Between £22,876 and £31,414
Closing date:

We are seeking to recruit a Research Assistant (RA) to support a research project on sanitation uptake in rural India. It involves a collaboration with a microfinance institution in India, which offers credit for sanitation investment, and an NGO that provides awareness creation activities about the benefits of improved sanitation. The research project analyzes, using a randomised control trial design, the effectiveness of offering credit, and offering credit in conjunction with awareness creation in achieving sustainable improvements in household and community sanitation - with the ultimate aim of improving the health and of reducing health expenditures of the poor in rural India

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