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About the IFS

The Institute for Fiscal Studies was founded in 1969. Established as an independent research institute, IFS was launched with the principal aim of better informing public debate on economics in order to promote the development of effective fiscal policy. Through the establishment of rigorous independent research, for example the IFS Green Budget and Post Budget analysis, IFS successfully opened up debate about public policy to a wider audience and influenced policy decision making.

Today, IFS is Britain’s leading independent microeconomic research institute. Its research remit is one of the broadest in public policy analysis, covering subjects from tax and benefits to education policy, from labour supply to corporate taxation. Our research not only has an impact on policy makers, think tanks and practitioners, it has also gained a worldwide reputation for academic rigour, and contributes to the development of academic scholarship. We communicate our research widely on a national and international scale, providing independent advice to policy makers in the UK, Europe and in developing countries; collaborating with world renowned academics on new economic theories and techniques; and disseminating our research globally through the press, media and the web.

IFS is host to the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy which analyses fiscal policy to determine its effects on households and companies. The Institute’s work covers the full extent of policy impact, investigating the ways in which policies influence human capital investments, work and occupational choice, firm behaviour, saving and retirement decisions, consumer choices and the public finances.

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Daniel Prinz, Research Economist and Country Programme Manager for Ethiopia at the IFS and TaxDev, was awarded an honourable mention by the National Tax Association’s Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2021.
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Today marks the launch of the Latin American and Caribbean Inequality Review
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IFS Associate Director and Research Director of Tax and Development Anne Brockmeyer has been awarded a UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowship.

Jobs

Current job vacancies
Salary £ 405 per week
Apply from 5 October 2021
Closing date Friday 14 January 2022
IFS offers several placements each summer to economics students who are interested in how microeconomics can be applied to public policy issues and who are considering a career in economic research.
Current job vacancies
Salary Stipend at UKRI level and fees paid
Apply from November 2021
Closing date 21 January 2022
The Enrichment scheme offers students currently enrolled on a doctoral programme within the ESRC DTP network the opportunity to join us for up to 12 months at the ESRC Institute for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).
Current job vacancies
Salary Funding to cover stipend and fees
Apply from November 2021
Closing date 21 January 2022
IFS has been allocated a number of associated studentship awards via our ESRC Institute for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy. Students must be studying or have a place to study on a pathway that is eligible for ESRC funding, based at a university within either the UBEL or SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).