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Our goal at the Institute for Fiscal Studies is to promote effective economic and social policies by better understanding how policies affect individuals, families, businesses and the government's finances.
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We look into the vast array of challenges facing the education system after eighteen months of disruption with Birgitta Rabe, education expert at the University of Essex and Luke Sibieta, a research fellow at IFS who studies education policy.
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We address questions around vacancies and labour shortages by bringing together fine-grained data on the demand and supply sides of the labour market up to the summer of 2021.
Reform to the student loans system now seems very likely. We have constructed a new student finance calculator which allows users to look at the effects of changing any parameter of the system.
We produced detailed estimates of the disruption to NHS hospital activity in England during the first year of the pandemic, feeding into a SAGE paper on the impact of the pandemic on health in the UK.

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Inequality The IFS Deaton Review


Today's event
Date 22 September 2021 | 15:30 - 16:45
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This is the third in a series of online events looking in detail at the three major economic challenges identified by the Tirole-Blanchard Commission, featuring presentations by Axel Börsch-Supan, Claudia Diehl, and Carol Propper.
Upcoming event
Date 23 September 2021 | 15:00 - 16:30
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At this event, we will present new work undertaken for the ground-breaking IFS Deaton Review of Inequalities, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, examining people’s attitudes towards inequalities and how these fit with different traditions of philosophical thought on the topic.
Upcoming event
Date 30 September 2021 | 13:00 - 18:00
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In collaboration with the World Bank, this conference will bring together leading researchers and policy makers to discuss recent research on new tax instruments, including carbon taxes and other environmental taxes, taxes on the digital economy, and novel sin taxes such as taxes on carbonated drinks.

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We study the link between higher education, geographical mobility and out-comes for individuals and regions.
Accurate estimates of the returns to different higher education courses are vital. Information on the returns to the different options students face is essential for allowing them to make an informed decision on which subjects and at which university to study.
We dig into the new announcement on health and social care funding, what it means, whether it will work and how it will affect people's care with guests Natasha Curry, Deputy Director of Policy at the Nuffield Trust, and Ben Zaranko, IFS economist.
'If you want a rational system for tax, welfare and public spending, best not to start from here.' Paul Johnson writes in the Times on why our present health and tax systems are a product of history.
We set out the key facts on how England’s childcare system is structured, how it has changed over time, and some of the pressures it faces over the course of the coming Spending Review.
We assess the NHS’s starting point, in terms of its funding, resources and performance on the eve of the pandemic. We then turn to the pandemic-related pressures on the NHS over the next few years and assess the adequacy of the government’s latest funding announcement.