About the IFS

The Institute for Fiscal Studies was founded in 1969. Established as an independent research institute, IFS was launched with the principal aim of better informing public debate on economics in order to promote the development of effective fiscal policy. Through the establishment of rigorous independent research, for example the IFS Green Budget and Post Budget analysis, IFS successfully opened up debate about public policy to a wider audience and influenced policy decision making.

Today, IFS is Britain’s leading independent microeconomic research institute. Its research remit is one of the broadest in public policy analysis, covering subjects from tax and benefits to education policy, from labour supply to corporate taxation. Our research not only has an impact on policy makers, think tanks and practitioners, it has also gained a worldwide reputation for academic rigour, and contributes to the development of academic scholarship. We communicate our research widely on a national and international scale, providing independent advice to policy makers in the UK, Europe and in developing countries; collaborating with world renowned academics on new economic theories and techniques; and disseminating our research globally through the press, media and the web.

IFS is host to the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy which analyses fiscal policy to determine its effects on households and companies. The Centre’s work covers the full extent of policy impact, investigating the ways in which policies influence human capital investments, work and occupational choice, firm behaviour, saving and retirement decisions, consumer choices and the public finances.


Paul Johnson awarded Honorary Fellowship of CIOT

IFS Director Paul Johnson has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) for his outstanding contribution to the field of taxation.

CIOT President John Preston, who presented the award at the annual CIOT President's Luncheon on 9 January, said that the "Honorary Fellowship is awarded to Paul Johnson for his tremendous contribution to tax and the wider economic debate. Nobody who takes an interest in government fiscal policy can doubt Paul’s huge contribution, alongside his IFS colleagues, to enlightening the public and holding politicians to account without fear or favour on this important area of public policy. We at the CIOT are proud to work with Paul and the IFS in a range of areas, from our Better Budgets report (also involving the Institute for Government) to our regular joint debates.”

Professor Michael Devereux, Director of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and former IFS Research Fellow, also received an Honorary Fellowship.

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The IFS invites applications for its Graduate Scholarship Programme.

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