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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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Education spending is the second-largest element of public service spending in the UK behind health, representing about £99 billion in 2020–21 in today’s prices or about 4.5% of national income.
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Areas with larger ethnic minority populations experienced greater reductions in emergency admissions during the first ten months of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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We look at the UK's low productivity and rising inequality by tracing the history of wages, technology and globalisation over the past four centuries.
We investigate the extent to which individual universities, subjects and courses promote intergenerational mobility.

Autumn Budget and Spending Review

IFS TaxLab


Upcoming event
Date 06 December 2021 | 09:30 - 10:30
Location Online only
Availablity Places available
This online event presents new evidence on economic inequalities between men and women. It investigates how far patterns of work and pay have changed over time and what the causes of the persistent gaps are.

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'We need a new settlement that recognises the increasing role of self-employment in the economy and society.' Paul Johnson in The Times.
This observation looks at how today’s high inflation figures are affecting different income groups.
Listen to this year's IFS Annual Lecture by Nobel Prize winner Professor Jean Tirole on how economics can help solve the world's biggest crises.
This report looks at the relationship between trade and inequality.
What do shifts in trade patterns – such as surges in import competition or new trade barriers due to Brexit – mean for different workers?
We compare trends in output, consumer spending and saving from the 2020 recession with those from two previous recessions beginning in 1990 and 2008.