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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.



IFS Deputy Director Carl Emmerson gave evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee today as part of their inquiry into the benefit cap.

Since 2013 the government has placed a cap on the amount that some working-age families can receive in benefits. In May 2018 60,000 households saw their benefits reduced by the cap. The Government’s objectives for the cap are “improving work incentives, promoting fairness between those on out of work benefits and taxpayers and delivering savings”. The Work and Pensions Select Committee wants to understand how well the benefit cap is achieving ...


Richard Blundell, Director of the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at the IFS, is to give the keynote speech at the Copenhagen Business School's launch of their Business in Society Platform on Inequality. His address is on ‘The dynamics of income and earnings inequality’ and will be followed by a discussion. 

The Inequality Platform run from 2018 to 2023 and aims to address the causes and consequences of inequality from a Danish, European, and global level. The Inequality Platform brings together researchers from four CBS departments – DBP, ECON, INT, and ...


On 26 September, IFS Associate Director David Phillips was in the hot seat at the Health Show UK 2018 to talk about social care funding. He was quizzed by Victoria Macdonald, Channel 4 News's health and social care correspondent, and health and social care professionals about:

- What has happened to social care funding in recent years, and why this may pose a problem;

- What factors may affect the funding needed for social care in the future;

- The options and issues for raising more revenues from people receiving care, or via taxation or compulsory insurance;

- And the tensions between ...


Annual recruitment round
Salary Fees etc in line with ESRC rates
Apply from October 2018
Closing date January 2019
The IFS runs an annual Graduate Scholarship Programme, whereby students studying for a PhD on an accredited pathway at an ESRC doctoral training centre are affiliated with the IFS.
Annual recruitment round
Salary Between £54K and £68K
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Closing date Ongoing
We are currently interested in applications from experienced economists with expertise in one or more of these areas: labour economics, welfare, pensions, taxation, public finances, and economics of education.