Autumn Statement 2011 and the OBR Economic and Fiscal Outlook

Published on 16 November 2011

After each Autumn Statement, Budget and Spending Review, we publish analysis of the Chancellor's proposals and reforms.

On Tuesday 29th November the Chancellor presented his Autumn Statement and the Office for Budget Responsibility published its latest Economic and Fiscal Outlook. On the following day, IFS researchers presented their analysis at a press briefing.

Slides are available here

  • Our analysis of the Spending Review examined the impact on public finances, public services and the distribution of income.
  • In an IFS Briefing Note, The changing composition of public spending , Rowena Crawford and Paul Johnson show that spending on health, pensions and long term care is set reach half of all public spending over the next 50 years unless there is significant reform or unless total spending is significantly increased.
  • In an IFS Observation, we examine the latest IMF 'Fiscal Monitor', which surveys public finance developments across the world and updates their fiscal projections, and take stock of how the planned fiscal consolidation in the UK compares to those currently planned in other advanced economies.
  • IFS researchers assess the impact of the Office for Budget Responsibility's first 'Fiscal Sustainability Report' In July with an observation, Higher debt for decades?
  • Against the backdrop of better-than-expected 2010-11 public finances, IFS Director Paul Johnson asked whether the Chancellor is right to stick with his programme of cuts in a June 2011 article for Prospect Magazine.
  • In an IFS Commentary Mike Brewer, James Browne and Robert Joyce present forecasts of relative and absolute income poverty in the UK among children and working-age adults for each year between 2010-11 and 2015-16, and for 2020-21.
  • In an IFS Commentary The impact in 2012-13 of the change to indexation policy, researchers show that indexing benefits in line with a measure of inflation using the Consumer Prices Index rather than that measured by the Retail Prices Index or the Rossi index, means that many benefit recipients will be worse off.
  • The UK recently experienced its worst recession for over sixty years, and large falls in GDP were seen across many other developed countries. As part of a cross-country study, IFS researchers examined the effects of this recession on UK households.
  • In an IFS Commentary Poverty and Inequality in the UK: 2011 IFS researchers assess the changes to average incomes, inequality and poverty that have occurred since 1997, with a particular focus on the changes that have occurred in the latest year of data (2009-10).
  • In July IFS launched its first iPhone app, which estimates where in the income distribution you and your household fit in.
  • An IFS Observation Rate cutting, base broadening: a reduced incentive for investment? analyses the coalition's corporate tax policies and looks at how the package of measures will alter the tax burden and affect the UK's competitiveness.
  • In an IFS Briefing Note, researchers describe trends in UK productivity over the recent recession - which ran from the first quarter of 2008 to the last quarter of 2009 - and how they compare with those in the US.
  • New evidence suggests that Chinese inventors have the capacity to engage in research at the technology frontier. Such trends have fuelled widespread concerns over Western economies' ability to maintain their dominance in knowledge creation and high skill employment. In China is investing rapidly in skills and science: UK should do the same, an IFS Observation, Rachel Griffith and Helen Miller argue that innovation is not a zero-sum game and the success of China need not be at the expense of the West.

On Wednesday 23 March we published an initial analysis of Chancellor George Osborne's 2011 Budget statement.

The IFS Green Budget 2011 - produced in collaboration with Barclays Capital and Barclays Wealth - focused on the policy challenges confronting the Chancellor of the Exchequer in advance of the 2011 Budget. IFS researchers examine the outlook for the public finances, assess a number of the key issues relating to the planned public spending cuts and discuss possible decisions on taxation. Barclays analysts look at the outlook for the macro-economy, and the implications for markets.

Our analysis for the election looked at Labour's record and at the parties' proposals. The work was funded by the Nuffield Foundation.