Fiscal Studies

Fiscal Studies is the journal of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Since its inception in 1979, Fiscal Studies has earned a reputation around the world for publishing high-quality, original research papers in a style understandable to a wide audience. Written by leading academics, policymakers and practitioners, articles are presented in a clear and accessible format designed to appeal to a broad international readership. 

Fiscal Studies welcomes academic papers of policy interest in the fields of applied micro and public economics.

Journal Impact Factor (Clarivate): 7.3

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Symposium on Tax and Welfare Policy - New Perspectives on Old Issues

When we established the idea of symposia in Fiscal Studies, our intention was to provide a location for diverse sets of papers, allowing for a more flexible format and content than typically found in academic economics journals. In addition to short papers on specific policy issues or choices, or discussing methods or data resources, we also wanted to include thought pieces and reflections by senior researchers in order to discuss the current understanding of key topics in public and applied microeconomics and to suggest important open questions and potential avenues for future investigation as well as areas for broad policy change.

This symposium embodies those ambitions with contributions from two of the most eminent academic researchers working in public and labour economics – Professor Joel Slemrod from the University of Michigan and Professor Sir Richard Blundell from University College London – and companion pieces from Paul Johnson, the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London, and Antoine Bozio, the director of the Institut des Politiques Publiques in Paris. All four have contributed immensely, and in diverse ways, to the study and current understanding of taxes and benefits, their design and their impact on people, inequalities and the economy. All four are also especially generous members of the profession, having worked tirelessly to bridge the gaps between the academic and public debates on taxes and welfare and to train the next generation of public economists.

Symposium Articles:

What taxpayers, governments and tax economists do - and what they should do - Joel Slemrod

Comment on 'What taxpayers, governments and tax economists do - and what they should do' - Paul Johnson

Beyond tax credits and the minimum wage: the challenge of labour market inequality - Richard Blundell

The unusual French policy towards labour market inequalities - Antoine Bozio

Fiscal Studies is a forum for original contributions in public and applied economics. Its goal is to promote a broad and rigorous discussion of public policy, contributing to advancing the academic understanding of policy design and its impacts, and to informing policymaking and its public debate. To that end, the journal publishes articles studying the behaviour of individuals and firms, their responses to public policy and the wider effects of government action on the economy, with emphasis on the application of microeconomic insights and empirical methods. Articles are presented in a clear and accessible format designed to appeal to a broad international readership of academics, policymakers and practitioners.

Journal issues are published quarterly and are usually formed of two sections. One section is dedicated to symposia, which are collections of papers in selected topical themes, offering perspectives from leading academics and practitioners in the area. The symposia will serve various purposes, such as summarising active and new areas of research, providing timely analysis of key policy-related topics, overviewing specific resources for research and policy analysis such as data or methods, or offering state-of-the-art but accessible views of a research area that could, for instance, be used in the classroom. The majority of these papers are solicited by the editors and associate editors.

The other section is populated by contributed papers. We encourage submissions from individuals not associated with the Institute and from international institutions, particularly from academic economists working on applied problems whose results have topical policy application. Contributed papers are externally refereed to ensure both the quality and impartiality of the journal. To maintain the topicality of the journal, submissions will be refereed quickly.

Public economics, labour markets, education, applied microeconomics, applied micro-econometrics, taxation and welfare, public finance, inequality, individual and family behaviour, ageing.

Managing Editors

James Banks, University of Manchester, UK; Institute for Fiscal Studies, UK
Pierre Cahuc, Sciences Po, France
Monica Costa Dias, University of Bristol, UK; Institute for Fiscal Studies, UK
Matthias Parey, University of Surrey, UK
Kimberley Scharf, University of Birmingham, UK
James P. Ziliak, University of Kentucky, USA

Advisory Board

Sir Richard Blundell (Chair), University College London, UK
Joel Slemrod, University of Michigan, USA

Associate Editors

Stuart Adam, Institute for Fiscal Studies, UK
Antoine Bozio, Paris School of Economics, France
Arun Advani, University of Warwick UK; Institute for Fiscal Studies, UK
Jonathan Colmer, University of Virginia, USA
Richard Disney, University of Sussex, UK
Eric French, University of Cambridge, UK; Institute for Fiscal Studies, UK
Clemens Fuest, Ifo Institute and University of Munich, Germany
Egbert Jongen, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis; Leiden University, Netherlands
Sonya Krutikova, Institute for Fiscal Studies, UK
Peter Levell, Institute for Fiscal Studies, UK
Eric Ohrn, Grinnell College, USA
Johannes Spinnewijn, London School of Economics, UK
Emma Tominey, University of York, UK
Marcos Vera-Hernández, University College London, UK; Institute for Fiscal Studies, UK
Mazhar Waseem, University of Manchester, UK

Production Editors

Rachel Lumpkin
Judith Payne, Institute for Fiscal Studies, UK

Citation Impact

2022 CiteScore (Scopus): 9.5
2022 Journal Citation Indicator (Clarivate): 1.9
2022 Journal Impact Factor (Clarivate): 7.3


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2022 Acceptance rate: 20%
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2022 Submission to acceptance: 61 Days