IFS announcements

Announcements about IFS research and researchers.

IFS wins "Think Tank of the Year"

We are delighted to have won two Prospect awards: "Think Tank of the Year 2014" and "Economic and Financial Think Tank of the Year 2014". Judges recognised IFS for being "hugely prominent in the fiscal and economic debates". Full details on the awards are here.

The aim of the Think Tank Awards is to honour the achievements of the organisations that help to shape public and political thinking on policy questions. Entrants to the awards were scored according to six criteria: coherent selection of topics of importance; innovative and plausible policy prescription; rigour of analysis; influence on politics; influence on media and wider impact; convening power. 

Nonparametric demand conference

On 12-13 November 2014 cemmap is holding a conference in London on "Nonparametric demand". Speakers will include: Ian Crawford (IFS and University of Oxford), Rachel Griffith (IFS and University of Manchester), Stefan Hoderlein (Boston College), Arthur Lewbel (Boston College), Lars Nesheim (cemmap and UCL) and Whitney Newey (MIT).

IFS to research economics of the police

The Economic and Social Research Council has awarded IFS a grant of £240,523 from July 2014 to June 2016 to study the 'Economics of the Police: recruitment, retention and finance'.

The research will be led by Professor Richard Disney and Rowena Crawford. Among the topics to be investigated by the project are: how the quality of police recruits through individual police forces is affected by local labour markets and the relative attractiveness of alternative careers; how exits from the police are affected by retirement incentives in the police pension scheme and job opportunities elsewhere; and the extent to which differences in local revenue-raising capacity through the local police precept affects the quality of local policing.