Articles from Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Extra spending on education in England - the numbers explained

Almost all the candidates in the Conservative leadership election have promised higher levels of spending and there are reports the outgoing Prime Minister plans to announce an increase.

Creative arts degrees cost taxpayers 30% more than engineering degrees

The current system of funding undergraduate education means that costs to government are highest for subjects where graduates earn the least, and lowest for subjects where they earn the most, is the findings of the report ‘Where is the money going? Estimating government spending on different university degrees’ published today (6 Mar) by Jack Britton, Laura van der Erve, Neil Shephard and Chris Belfield, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Women who go to university earn 50% more than those that don't

Attending university increases women’s earnings at age 29 by 26% and men’s by 6%: but this varies hugely by degree choice and prior attainment of students.

Historical skew towards the rich in education spending finally at an end

Children from richer families used to benefit much more from public spending on education than did those from poorer backgrounds.

Severe squeeze on further education and sixth-form funding in England

Funding for 16- to 18-year-olds and for general further education has been cut much more sharply than funding for schools, pre-school or higher education.