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Working with the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

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23 academic staff from UCL's Economics department have an attachment to the IFS, a number of whom are based in the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (cenmap), hosted by the IFS.  Cenmap training courses on policy evaluation methods, designed to be of particular benefit to economists and social scientists in the public and private sectors wanting to know how to use microeconometrics and microdata to inform policy making, are held in a state-of-the-art microeconometrics laboratory at UCL's Department of Economics, University College London. 

IFS reports to which UCL academics have contributed include:

The Mirrlees Review, which explored what makes a good tax system for an open economy in the 21st century.  The final report made a number of recommendations for the UK tax system to achieve this.  

Reports relating to trends in poverty and inequality, including on the optimal taxation for low-income families, which provide important contributions to public and policy debate around welfare policies. 

A report on the impact of birth date on educational outcomes, the findings of which contributed to the decision by Ed Balls, then Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, to ask Sir Jim Rose to consider the needs of summer-born children in his review of the primary curriculum. The results were also widely reported by the media.

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