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Observation
A special Issue of Fiscal Studies published today by Wiley on behalf of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) provides new analysis of the evolution of mortality levels and socio-economic inequalities in 11 OECD countries, including England, over the last 20-30 years.
Observation
While there is still much uncertainty, we now project Scotland’s budget deficit in 2020–21 to have spiked at between 22% and 25% of national income, up from 8.6% of national income in 2019–20, although less than our previous projection. It is also still higher than a forecast deficit of 16% ...
Press release
IFS researchers will be presenting a summary of their Scottish election analysis at 10am today at an online event in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and funded by the Scottish Policy Foundation. This press release highlights their key conclusions.

Latest press releases and announcements

Press release
Inheritances have been growing as a share of national income in the UK since the 1970s. That trend looks set to continue: older generations hold more wealth than their predecessors and younger generations have incomes no higher than the generations born just before them. As a result, inheritances ...
Press release
IFS researchers will be presenting a summary of their Scottish election analysis at 10am today at an online event in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and funded by the Scottish Policy Foundation. This press release highlights their key conclusions.
Press release
The government has sought to make reforming adult education and skills policy a key priority, with the recent White Paper seeking to communicate the government’s strategy. However, many key details are missing or left to further consultation. Rather than just another statement of good intentions, ...
Press release
The SNP’s manifesto offers big gains to a number of targeted groups in Scotland - but would involve difficult trade-offs in a tight budgetary environment.
Press release
The Scottish Government has used its devolved tax and benefit powers to craft a more progressive system than is in place in the rest of the UK. On average, taxes are higher for high-income households, and benefits more generous for low-income households.
Press release
Spending on health per person in Scotland went from being 22% higher than in England in 1999–2000, to 10% higher in 2009–10 and just 3% higher in 2019–20, according to official estimates.
News
The Royal Economic Society is holding their annual conference online from Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 April 2021, and as part of the conference Rachel Griffith delivered a lecture on obesity, poverty, and public policy.
Press release
Real-terms funding for the Scottish Government’s day-to-day (or resource) spending in 2021-22 is still set to be 2% lower per person than in 2010-11, after excluding temporary COVID-19 related funding, and adjusting for new responsibilities.