Follow us
Publications Commentary Research People Events News Resources and Videos About IFS
Home Publications Evaluating the labour market impacts of Universal Credit: a feasibility study

Evaluating the labour market impacts of Universal Credit: a feasibility study

Stuart Adam, Monica Costa Dias and Barbara Sianesi
External publication

The introduction of Universal Credit (UC) is arguably the most radical restructuring of the benefits system since the 1940s. The aim is to simplify the system and to strengthen work incentives.

This report assesses what options are available for evaluating the labour market impacts of UC, and considers whether a credible quantitative evaluation is feasible and worthwhile based on a hypothetical roll-out scenario provided by DWP. The report identifies the main questions that would be interesting and potentially feasible to answer and considers alternative empirical approaches, methodological challenges and data availability.

The report was largely written during winter 2012-13 and reflects the best information available to us at that time.

Find out more

IFS Working Paper W13/26
In this paper, we use micro-simulation techniques to investigate whether financial work incentives will be stronger in 2015-16 than they were in 2010-11 and to separate out the impact of changes to taxes, benefit cuts and the introduction of universal credit from the impact of wider economic ...
Journal article | Fiscal Studies, Vol. 33, No. 1, March 2012
Alongside a series of cuts that will reduce welfare spending by £18 billion per year by 2014–15, the UK government announced in November 2010 plans to integrate and simplify means-tested welfare benefits and in-work tax credits for working-age adults into a single programme, to be known as ...
Presentation
This presentation was given at the 2014 Work, Pensions and Labour Economics Study Group conference held at the University of Sheffield on 28-29 July 2014.