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IFS at 50: The future shape of the state

Due to the General Election taking place, this event has been cancelled.

The British economy is going to face a number of big issues over the next fifty years. Whether it is reforming the tax and benefit system, managing an ageing population, or preparing for the workplace of the future, there are plenty of challenges and opportunities ahead.

The role of the state has changed substantially over the past half century, as the circumstances facing the country have altered and politicians of different hues have come and gone. At this event, Rowena Crawford will look at how things may evolve in future, focusing on the implications of increasing longevity and demographic change for public policy. Paul Johnson (Director, IFS) will then chair a conversation on the topic with Rowena and a panel of experts.

About the Future of Policy series

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, and to mark the occasion we will be holding a series of events throughout the year where we draw on this experience to consider these big issues and discuss what evidence-based analysis can tell us about how to understand and respond to them. Events in this series will feature expert insight from IFS researchers and key commentators on each topic, and there will be plenty of time for discussion and debate.

Other events in the series include:

27 February: The future of benefits
3 April: The future of tax
25 June: The future of income in retirement
28 October: The future of education


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