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An article by IFS authors was the most downloaded in the journal Economica for 2017. The article, 'Two Decades of Income Inequality in Britain: The Role of Wages, Household Earnings & Redistribution', by Chris Belfield, Richard Blundell, Jonthan Cribb, Andrew Hood, and Robert Joyce was published in Econonica in January 2017. In the paper, the authors study earnings and income inequality in Britain over the past two decades, including the period of relatively ‘inclusive’ growth from 1997 to 2004, and the Great Recession.

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We will begin with a presentation of standard models of comparative advantage that have been used to explain the pattern of trade (who trades what with whom) and the normative effects of trade (who gains and who loses when trade becomes easier to do) both between and within nations.  This will span the perfectly competitive models of Ricardo and Heckscher-Ohlin (including their modern versions such as that due to Eaton and Kortum), as well as the monopolistically competitive models of Krugman and Melitz.

We will then turn to the recent empirical literature that aims to connect these models ...

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IFS director, Paul Johnson, has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire), for services to the social sciences and economics, in the Queen's birthday honours list 2018.

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On the 5 June, IFS senior researcher Kate Smith presented at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Social Science and Policy.  The meeting looked at the likely effect of the sugar tax on public health and children’s health in particular. The government recently extended its campaign against the childhood obesity epidemic by telling the food industry to cut 20 per cent of calories from their products within six years. The action by Public Health England comes on top of its drive to reduce consumption of sugary foods and sweet drinks.

Kate Smith is part of a team at the IFS ...

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How would you fund the NHS? Use our interactive NHS funding tool to try and reach these projected funding “targets” through increasing taxes and/or by cutting government spending in other areas.

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Richard Blundell writes:

"For the last 25 years the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) has provided core long term research funding for IFS. With centre funding IFS has brought rigorous evidence-based research to the analysis of public policy, allowing us to respond swiftly, authoritatively and independently to the changing public policy debate. It has created a unique environment for building new generations of economists who have gone on to take leading roles in academia, in public policy, and in the media. The new Research Institute status will enable ...

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Helen Miller, director of the tax research programme at the IFS, has been awarded the prestigious Tax Personality of the Year award for 2018. The 2018 awards were on Thursday 17th May at the Hilton Park Lane where over 500 tax professionals celebrated the winners.

 
Helen Miller receives the award
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This one-day conference covers methodological advances and empirical applications in the empirical analysis of contracting and bargaining, with a special focus on vertically related markets and implications for competition policy.

 

Confirmed speakers:

Enghin Atalay (UW Madison)

Matthew Backus (Columbia)

Pierre Dubois (Toulouse)

Alon Eizenberg (Jerusalem)

Matthew Grennan (Penn)

Gautam Gowrisankaran (Arizona)

Robin Lee (Harvard)

Peter Newberry (Penn State)

Howard Smith (Oxford)

Introduction to conference by Mike Walker (Chief Economic Adviser, Competition and Markets Authority, ...


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IFS Associate director Rowena Crawford is presenting today at 'Re-assessing the Generational Contract', an all-day conference organised by the Resolution Foundation, Imperial College Business School and the Economic and Social Research Council. Presentations given will address issues surrounding intergenerational inequality, from why the rapid generation-on-generation incomes gains of the 20th century have ended, to how the market and state should respond to ageing populations. Rowena's talk will focus on "Inheritances and inequality in the UK".

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As in many high income countries, developing countries often exempt or apply reduced rates of VAT to food and other goods and services in an effort to limit the impacts of VAT on poorer households' cost of living. But with richer households often consuming far more of these goods in absolute terms, and developing countries expanding their cash transfer and social protection schemes, are there better ways to support poorer households?

In a new video, Ross Warwick, a research economist at the IFS, talks about ongoing research being carried out alongside Commitment to Equity Institute ...

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Rachel Griffith, Research Director at IFS, is the 1st holder of the newly established ECORES chair. She will give 4 lectures, looking at what different types of policies, aimed at reducing obesity, might achieve in terms of reducing long-run inequalities in health, social and economic outcomes. Lecture topics:

  • "Should governments control what we eat?"(19 April)
  • "Self-control in Food Purchases" (23 April)
  • "Tax Design for Sin Goods" (24 April)
  • "Habit Formation in Sugar Consumption" (26 April)

Full details & registration can be found here:

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Our partners from the Ghanaian Ministry of Finance joined us in London for the TAXDEV Policy Conference on March 23rd, where they presented our joint work, and discussed some of the key tax policy issues facing Ghana. While they were here they also took part in video interviews to explain how our joint work is helping improve tax policy analysis and the policy-making process in Ghana.

Andara Kamara, Assistant Revenue Officer at the Ghana Ministry of Finance explains how the GHATAX microsimulation model allows policy analysis to move beyond revenue effects".

Dan Nuer, Head of the Tax ...

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To mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) will be working with a group of leading independent research organisations including the Health Foundation, the King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust on a project with the BBC.

The group will be coming together to address some of the important questions facing the NHS as it turns 70, the first time all four organisations have come together in this way. 

The following questions will be looked at, and IFS researchers will contribute where expertise allows:

  • how good is the NHS?
  • does the NHS need more ...
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The Academy of Social Sciences has announced that it has conferred the award of Fellow on 58 leading social scientists, including IFS Director Paul Johnson.

The new Fellows are drawn from academics, practitioners and policymakers across the social sciences. They have been recognised after an extensive peer review process for the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for public benefit.

Announcing the conferment, Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, Chair of the Academy said:

“Each new Fellow has made an outstanding contribution in their respective field and ...

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Today for the first time, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised two global centres of excellence with official ESRC Research Institute status. One of these is the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP), which is based at IFS. The other is the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), at LSE. 

The move acknowledges those centres which have demonstrated sustained strategic value to the Council, as well as to the broader social science research landscape, with long-term, five-year funding. Both CEP and CPP have demonstrated significant impact over the ...

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The Royal Economic Society (RES) has appointed Professor Rachel Griffith as its President-elect from 2019/2020. They also announced that the former Chief Economist of the World Bank and former President of the British Academy, Lord Nicholas Stern will be President of the Royal Economic Society for 2018/19.

She will join the ranks of other prestigious economists who have led the Society in its 128-year history. Past Presidents have included John Maynard Keynes and William Beveridge.

President-elect Rachel Griffith is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester, Research Director ...

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IFS Director Paul Johnson will give the 2018 Joseph Fisher Lecture at the University of Adelaide, Australia.  The Joseph Fisher lecture is one of the longest running lecture series held by the University of Adelaide, having been started in 1903. 

Paul's presentation, entitled 'Choices in Public Policy' will explore why:

  • Making policy is much harder than politicians or commentators allow;

  • There is huge uncertainty over facts and forecasts, as well as over policy impacts;

  • There are also almost always big trade offs and ethical judgments;

The talk will be ...

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Low and middle income countries (LMICs) face particular challenges in designing and implementing efficient and equitable tax systems. IFS researchers and partners from LMIC governments presented ongoing research and collaborative policy analysis aimed at helping this process at the TAXDEV policy conference on Friday 23 March.

Read more about the event and download the papers and presentations

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We will begin with a presentation of standard models of comparative advantage that have been used to explain the pattern of trade (who trades what with whom) and the normative effects of trade (who gains and who loses when trade becomes easier to do) both between and within nations.  This will span the perfectly competitive models of Ricardo and Heckscher-Ohlin (including their modern versions such as that due to Eaton and Kortum), as well as the monopolistically competitive models of Krugman and Melitz.

We will then turn to the recent empirical literature that aims to connect these
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Researchers from IFS TAXDEV were in Accra on 7th March 2018 for an event hosted by the Ghanaian Ministry of Finance (MoF). The event was a chance to present ongoing work on tax policy analysis that is being undertaken in collaboration with the MoF and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and to get feedback and suggestions from key stakeholders. 

IFS researchers David Phillips and Ross Warwick and MoF analysts Seth Anoff Akuffo and Andara Kamara from the Revenue Policy Division (RPD), presented three strands of their joint work:

1. Refining approaches to costing new tax policies, including ...


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This masterclass develops structural approaches for analyzing large cross sectional and longitudinal data sets, by exploiting restrictions derived from the equilibrium dynamic outcomes in individual discrete choice optimization problems and non-cooperative games. We investigate empirical content, characterize identification of the primitives and  counterfactuals, and evaluate alternative estimators and testing procedures.

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CPP director Professor Sir Richard Blundell CBE FBA has received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Economics from Ca' Foscari University of Venice.  He delivered his Lectio Magistralis on 'Economic Policy Reform and the Challenge of Inequality'.  

In his speech, Professor Blundell stated: "inequality is probably the most pressing issue facing modern society. We need to actively support complementary activities to innovation and human capital. Universities have a key role to play in these and other aspects of delivering equitable growth".

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Optimization is coming back as a major developing research area in economics. There are at least two reasons for this. The first one is the emergence of online platforms, which act as central planners and need to solve complex optimization problems such as matching service providers with customers, introducing potential dating partners, performing dynamic pricing  tasks, etc. The second reason is that econometric methods have been cross-fertilized by novel techniques from machine learning, that heavily rely on optimization tools. This conference is a chance for experts on optimization, ...

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We are delighted to announce that IFS Associate Director Helen Miller has joined the consultative committee for the Office for Tax Simplification review of Depreciation and Capital Allowances.  The project concerns whether the use of accounting depreciation to provide relief for capital expenditure instead of capital allowances would simplify the preparation of tax returns for both incorporated and unincorporated firms.

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IFS Senior Research Economist Kate Smith gives evidence at the Health Select Committee and the Home Affairs Committee a which are holding a one-off oral evidence session to assess the case for introducing a minimum unit price (MUP) on alcohol in England in the light of developments since the Health Committee’s report in 2012 on the Government’s Alcohol Strategy. With evidence from charities, academics, professional bodies, industry, government agencies and ministers, the session will cover a range of issues, including:

  • the potential impact a MUP could have on health, healthcare, the ...
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We were sad to hear that Heinz Neudecker passed away in December 2017. UvA posted this obituary.

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The NHS Confederation has asked the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Health Foundation to conduct a comprehensive study into the funding needs of the UK’s health and care systems for the next 15 years. The work is designed to identify the challenges faced by health and care services and to provide objective evidence of what will be needed going forward.

The NHS Confederation hopes this research will help inform political and public debate about what will be required to deliver a health and care system fit for the 21st Century.

The first of two reports will be presented at the ...

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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 ...

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CPP director Richard Blundell recently presented IFS research at the American Economics Association (AEA) and Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. He gave two presentations:

Labor supply, human capital investment and welfare reform

Nonlinear persistence and partial insurance: income dynamics and consumption insurance in the PSID

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A paper by IFS researchers has received the 2017 Atkinson Award. The award is given every other year to the best paper published in the Journal of Public Economics. The award recipient is chosen by the editors based on nominations from the entire board of editors and co-editors. The award is named after Tony Atkinson, who was the founding editor of JPubE in 1972 and served as editor for 26 years (jointly with Nick Stern for  the last 15 years). Tony passed away on New Year’s Day of 2017.

The paper, 'Cash by any other name? Evidence on labeling from the UK Winter Fuel Payment' was

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Analysts from the Ghanaian Ministry of Finance (MoF) and Revenue Authority (GRA) have completed a two week visit to the London offices of the IFS. The main purpose of this visit was the completion of the second round of training on the GHATAX tax and benefit microsimulation model. This model uses household survey and tax administration data from Ghana and is designed to allow analysts to estimate the revenue and distributional effects of existing tax policy and tax policy reforms. The focus of this round of training was familiarisation with new features added to GHATAX and with the process of ...

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cemmap is pleased to annouce that David Drukker, the Executive Director of Econometrics at Stata, will deliver a course on Implementing an Estimation Command in Stata/Mata.

Writing a Stata command for methods that you use or develop disseminates your research to a huge audience.  This short course shows how to write a Stata estimation command. No Stata or Mata programming experience is required, but it does help.  After providing an introduction to basic Stata do-file programming, the course covers basic and advanced ado-file programming. Next, it provides an introduction to Mata, the ...

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Orazio Attanasio, a Research Director of IFS and Professor of Economics at University College London, has been elected Second Vice-President of the Econometric Society. He will be First Vice-President in 2019, and President in 2020.

Orazio is Co-Director of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) at IFS.

Read more on the Econometric Society website.

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A conference was held on 26-28 October, jointly run by IFS and the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. The academic organisers were Richard Blundell, Rui Costa, Hilary Hoynes, Robert Joyce, Stephen Machin and Jim Ziliak. Papers and presentations from the conference are available online.

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cemmap has created a new software library that collects links to external websites containing econometric software. Code can be submitted via the library's website.


The project has been generously funded by the ESRC (grant RES-589-28-0001).

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IFS Research Director Rachel Griffith has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Fellows are elected after an extensive peer review process for the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for public benefit. This includes substantial contributions and leadership in various fields, including higher education, social, economic and environmental policy, government, law, charitable foundations and think tanks.

More information on the announcement can be found here.

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cemmap is happy to annouce a masterclass on Empirical Models of Comparative Advantage and the Gains from Trade by Dave Donaldson.

Starting with a presentation of standard models of comparative advantage that have been used to explain the pattern of trade (who trades what with whom) and the normative effects of trade (who gains and who loses when trade becomes easier to do) both between and within nations.  This will span the perfectly competitive models of Ricardo and Heckscher-Ohlin (including their modern versions such as that due to Eaton and Kortum), as well as the monopolistically ...

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IFS researchers Jonathan Cribb and Professor Richard Disney presented papers at the Office of Manpower Economics Conference: 'Research on public sector pay' on Thursday 21 Spetember 2017, along with a number of other organisations. The presentations can be found here

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IFS has launched a new searchable directory of Low and Middle Income country Longitudinal Population Studies. Developed on behalf of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust, it aims to provide a valuable resource for researchers, funders and those interested in understanding changing socio-economic and health circumstances and to enhance opportunities for international and interdisciplinary research collaboration.

You can access the directory here: https://www.ifs.org.uk/tools_and_resources/longitudinal

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We are delighted to announce that IFS Senior Research Economist Peter Levell has been appointed to the ONS's Technical Advisory Panel on Consumer Prices.

The Advisory Panel on Consumer Prices (Technical) (APCP Technical) provides independent advice to the National Statistician on technical aspects of consumer price indices.

 

 

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India Keable-Elliott from the IFS's TAXDEV recently delivered remote training on data management and analysis to partners at the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC). The objectives of the training were to support our partners to further develop their familiarity with MS Excel and STATA, and to apply these statistical software skills to analyse revenue data from different tax bases over time. This builds on previous STATA training sessions delivered by IFS researchers in Addis Ababa in January 2017, and are part of TAXDEV’s broader programme of skills development ...

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On 1 of September of 2017, Laura Abramovsky spoke at the HMRC's International Tax Training Programme, which is a flagship programme run by HMRC on behalf of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Advisors (CATA). Laura showcased the role of IFS and TAXDEV work in facilitating evidence-based tax policy and administration design in the UK and developing countries.

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On 1st of September of 2017, Laura Abramovsky spoke at HMRC's International Tax Training Programme, a flagship programme run by HMRC on behalf of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA).

Laura introduced IFS' work to support evidence-based tax policy and administration design in the UK and in low- and middle-income countries.

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We are delighted to announce that IFS will be a partner in the newly established National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Obesity Policy Research Unit (OPRU), to be hosted by the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and in partnership with researchers at IFS, UCL, City University and King’s College, London.

OPRU has received funding of £5 million from the Department of Health to help improve the evidence base to support the government in the implementation and evaluation of its Childhood Obesity Plan. The key IFS researchers who are involved in OPRU are Rachel Griffith, ...

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The ELSA wave 8 fieldwork was completed in June 2017. The data is currently being cleaned and processed and will be archived in the UK data Service by April 2018.

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Researchers from the DfID-funded Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV) at the IFS have completed their most recent trip to Ghana’s Ministry of Finance as part of our collaborative research and capacity development programme. During this visit (7th to 11th August), as well as continuing work on costing proposed tax policies in Ghana, TAXDEV researchers and staff at the Tax Policy Unit (TPU) of the Ghanaian Ministry of Finance (MoF) co-organised four days of workshops and meetings with a delegation of Ethiopian tax policymakers and administrators. These were attended by ...

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Researchers from the Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV) at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) are collaborating with the recently established Tax Policy Directorate (TPD) of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MOFEC) of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on tax policy and administration analysis and capacity building.  The collaboration is funded by the Department for International Development as part of the IFS TAXDEV initiative.

On Tuesday the 1st August 2017, TAXDEV and the TPD co-organised a one-day workshop with over 40 key stakeholders,

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Paul Johnson presented a BBC Radio 4 Analysis Programme discussing the impact of minimum wages. Listen to the programme here.

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For the fourth year in a row, the IFS has won the Prospect award for the best economics and finance think tank. The judges praised the IFS for maintaining its trusted and dominant voice on public finances through the 'heat' of a general election.

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The Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice (cemmap) has won a £1.9m, four year grant in the ESRC 2017 Large Grants Competition.

The new grant funds research to advance our ability to address questions about the structure of complex economic and social processes using big data and new tools of econometrics and statistics.  The research programme is built around five interlocking themes: big data and machine learning, dynamics and complexity, robust models, networks and interactions, and survey design and measurement.

Cemmap (www.cemmap.ac.uk) is a joint venture by UCL and the Institute ...