Fiscal Studies is the journal of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The journal was started by researchers at the Institute and aims to bridge the gap between academic research and policy. 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.
Like the Institute itself, the contents of the journal reflect a broad interpretation of “fiscal studies”. Articles are concerned with the whole spectrum of ways in which government action affects the economy, and usually have an applied microeconomics focus. Recent papers published have covered a broad range of topical issues of concern worldwide, including higher education finance, labour supply, poverty and inequality, and productivity.
As well as more traditional applied economics papers, the journal also encourages the submission of timely papers that aim to provide considered responses to current policy debates. If accepted for publication, the editors will work quickly to publish time-sensitive papers in order to maximise their impact. Fiscal Studies is able to offer a very swift turnaround from acceptance to publication for all our articles, with authors usually experiencing a waiting time of only a few months.
The journal's editors are drawn from among the Institute's own research staff and from its Fellows and Associates, who are leading academics in the field. All papers in Fiscal Studies written by IFS staff are externally refereed to ensure both the quality and impartiality of the journal.