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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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IFS, in partnership with the Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy and the District Council Network, have created a free, online model of the local government finance system.
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Through the lottery of birth, children are born into different socio-economic circumstances and grow up in environments that are remarkably different from each other. This report looks at inequalities in early childhood in the UK.
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We quantify the impact of increasing the state pension age from 65 to 66 on household incomes, poverty and public finances, after – in particular – taking into account that some will remain in paid work at age 65 as a result of the reform.
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Paul Johnson writes for the Times on the 'difficult decisions' surrounding public sector pay.

IFS TaxLab


Upcoming event
Date 05 July 2022 | 18:30 - 20:00
Location The British Academy, London
Availablity Places available
How should the tax system treat pension saving? Is the answer different in a world of ‘pension freedoms’? These are some of the questions our expert panel will consider in this topical debate.
Upcoming event
Date 14 July 2022 | 10:00 - 11:15
Location Online only
Availablity Places available
At this event, IFS researchers will present the key findings from their latest flagship annual report on living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Upcoming event
Date 06 September 2022 | 18:30 - 20:00
Location One Birdcage Walk, London
Availablity Places available
We’re pleased to announce that Baroness Minouche Shafik, Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, will give the 2022 IFS Annual Lecture.

Older articles

We seek to shed new light on the fall in employment and rise in economic inactivity amongst older people in the UK, with a particular focus on those in their 50s and 60s.
This week, we speak to Christine Farquharson, senior economist at IFS and expert on education and childcare and to Neil Leitch, Chief Executive of the Early Years Alliance.
Due to inflation forecast errors alone, students from the poorest families will lose £100 per month in maintenance support.
We provide context to reforms to the adult education system and explore what we know about their potential impact.
We look at why the UK has one of the lowest rates of productivity growth in the OECD.
Since 2010, more experienced and higher-paid workers in the NHS have experienced the largest pay cuts. This has compressed the pay distribution.