David Phillips

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David
Phillips
Job Title: 
Senior research economist
Organisation: 
The Institute for Fiscal Studies
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David is a Senior Research Economist, currently working in the Direct Tax and Welfare sector and the Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policy (EDePo@IFS). Most of David's work is arranged around the broad themes of poverty, inequality and the tax and benefit system and includes projects both in the UK and in middle income countries. Recent projects include analysis of the distributional and behavioural impacts of tax reforms in Mexico and El Salvador for the World Bank; an assessment of the impact of welfare reforms on labour supply in Wales; and analysis of poverty and inequality in the UK.He is also working with Magali Beffy, Guy Laroque and Costas Meghir on models of family labour supply, a piece of work that has grown out of his work for the Mirrlees Review. More recent research interests include local government spending and the analysis of fiscal issues in the devolved nations of the UK, especially those related to the Scottish independence debate. He also has experience analysing social capital, human capital and consumer demand.

Project Job Role: 
Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy

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In this observation, David Phillips of the IFS discusses what the GERS figures tell us about Scotland’s notional fiscal position in 2013-14. On March 11th, the Scottish Government published the latest version of its annual Government Expenditure and Revenues Scotland (GERS) publication on Scotland’s... Read more
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On November 27th 2014, the Smith Commission published proposals for further devolution of powers to Scotland. We now know what is to be devolved – the UK and Scottish Governments now have the more prosaic task of implementing the changes. Getting the details of how the taxes and welfare are devolved... Read more
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This briefing note takes a step back from the big questions about whether there should be further tax devolution and whether there should be a move to a needs-based formula. Instead, it focuses on the more technical – but important – question of how devolved taxes should interact with the block gran... Read more
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Paul Johnson and David Phillips of the Institute for Fiscal Studies ask whether the Scottish NHS is more financially secure within or outwith the union. The future of the welfare state, and particularly of the NHS, has taken centre stage in the Scottish independence debate in recent days. Scotland’s... Read more
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David Phillips discusses IFS research on how welfare policy might be funded in an independence scenario, drawing our attention to potential funding challenges. The future of the welfare state has emerged as a key issue in the Scottish independence debate. The Scottish Government has said it would of... Read more
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David Phillips of the Institute for Fiscal Studies shares his observations on the annual Government Expenditutre and Revenues report, reflecting on declining returns from North Sea oil. The Scottish Government has published the latest version of its annual Government Expenditure and Revenues Scotlan... Read more
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Designing an appropriate system of benefits and social protection is an important task for any modern state. The first thing the White Paper does is set out the broad principles that the Scottish Government says would guide its long-term approach in an independent Scotland. These include the better... Read more
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Guest blog by David Phillips, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) This blog originally appeared on British Politics and Policy at LSE blog In the run up to elections politicians are often less than fully open about their plans for taxes and spending. They often claim that they will only know what is... Read more
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There has been a growing debate about how the benefits system (that is, the system of state benefits, pensions and tax credits) may be affected if Scotland becomes independent. This debate takes place at a time when the benefits system that Scotland currently shares with the rest of the UK is going... Read more
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