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At IFS, we recruit top-quality economists. We specialise in the economic analysis of public policy, bridging the gap between purely academic research and issues of practical policy design or evaluation. You will carry out in-depth economic research and communicate your findings to politicians, journalists, academics and others such as campaigning groups and professional organisations.

You will work closely with colleagues in a small team as well as with other teams across the Institute; your colleagues will include policy experts and leading academics from the UK and overseas. We will support you in developing your skills, through further study, ad hoc training and by giving you opportunities to get involved with all aspects of research and communication right from the start.

We recruit annually for research economists, post-doctoral fellows, graduate scholars and summer students. We also consider applications for senior economists on an ongoing basis.

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Working at the IFS


IFS Virtual Recruitment Event

19 October 2021 | 17:00 - 18:30

Current job vacancies
Salary £ 405 per week
Apply from 5 October 2021
Closing date Sunday 23 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).

Case studies

Senior Research Economist, Pensions and Public Finance research programme
Ben joined the IFS in 2017.
Deputy Director
Carl joined IFS in 1996.
Senior Research Economist
Senior Research Economist
Research Economist
Research Economist
Associate Director, Pensions and Public Finances
George joined IFS in 2011.
Associate Director, Direct Tax and Welfare Research Programme
David joined IFS in 2007.
Senior Research Economist, Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies
Alison joined the IFS in 2013.
Associate Director, Education research programme
Jack joined the IFS in 2013.

Related information

Video clip
This was the introduction to a public economics lecture day presenting IFS work on public economics topics and dsicussing working in economic research in general and at the IFS in particular.