Hosting one of the UK’s only two prestigious UKRI-funded social science Research Institutes, IFS economists carry out cutting-edge empirical research on a par with our leading universities.
IFS Research Director, Rachel Griffith and IFS Research Fellow Carol Propper were both made Dames in the New Years Honours List. IFS Associate Director Anne Brockmeyer was awarded the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship while IFS Research Associate Xavier Jaravel won Le Monde's Best Young Economist award.
Our research and expertise is drawn upon by national, regional and local policymakers in the UK and overseas, as well as MPs from all parties. We publish high quality, policy-relevant research:
“When I worked in the Treasury, we knew the IFS would keep us honest...and we knew that having an independent check on our costings and analysis was an excellent discipline.”
Lord Gus O’Donnell, former Cabinet Minister and IFS President
We inform public and policy debates on issues such as education, health, inequality and the public finances. We significantly increased engagement and reach in 2021.
IFS staff regularly engage with journalists from print, online and broadcast media. Our research, analysis and reactive commentary earned us over 29,929 UK media mentions in 2021.
“The Institute for Fiscal Studies’ genuine impartiality has become a major asset in scrutinising claims and counter claims.”
Heather Stewart, The Guardian