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'We haven’t had to worry much about such things for a long while. For this year at least, we need to. ' Paul Johnson in The Times on the perils of rising inflation.
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We examine the rising cost of living, its impacts on different kinds of households, and the mitigation measures available to the government.
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Paul Johnson is joined by four IFS experts to summarise the most important issues facing the economy in 2022.
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IFS researchers find that English councils’ finances held up much better during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020–21, than previously thought.

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IFS TaxLab


Upcoming event
Date 27 January 2022 | 13:00 - 14:15
Location Online only
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This webinar will present the new TaxDev employment income taxes dataset (EITD) and how to use it, and then explore the tax burdens facing salaried employees in African countries and how these have evolved over the past 25 years.

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Researchers look at the lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic for the funding arrangements of the devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
'The UK government perhaps should be willing to allow the devolved nations more freedom to make their own decisions. And their own mistakes.' Paul Johnson in The Times.
We speak with IFS economist Peter Levell and Penny Goldberg, Professor of Economics at Yale University and former Chief Economist of the World Bank about the impact of trade on inequality.
An initial analysis of the 2022-23 Local Government Finance Settlement finds slightly more funding than expected, and bigger increases for poorer areas.
Millions of people missed out on hospital care during the pandemic, but still haven’t come forward to join the waiting list. Where are they?
'If women hadn’t become better-educated than men, we might well be looking at pay and employment gaps barely changed in the past quarter of a century.' Paul Johnson in The Times.

Working papers

IFS Working Paper W22/08
IFS Working Paper W22/06
IFS Working Paper W22/05