IFS announcements

Announcements about IFS research and researchers.

Empirical Models of Differentiated Products

This conference will bring together researchers working on empirical methods for studying the behaviour of consumers and firms in differentiated product markets.  A programme is now available to view on the event page.

The conference is organised by Rachel Griffith (IFS and Manchester) and Lars Nesheim (cemmap and UCL) and co-sponsored by the ERC.

Workshop: wages and low pay in the labour market

This workshop is being organised by Richard Blundell (UCL / IFS) and Stephen Machin (UCL / LSE).

It is taking place at the IFS Conference Room, 7 Ridgmount Street, London WC1E 7AE - see details here.

If you wish to attend this workshop, the registration form as well as a draft programme can be found on the following webpage:


This workshop is being co-sponsored by UCL Economics The Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at LSE and the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) at IFS.


Charles Manski masterclass: public policy in an uncertain world

On 16 and 17 March Charles Manski (Northwestern) will deliver a joint cemmap/PEPA masterclass. This masterclass will discuss themes in Manski's book Public Policy in an Uncertain World: Analysis and Decisions (Harvard University Press, 2013) and related technical articles.

BBVA Foundation awards Richard Blundell Frontiers of Knowledge Award

The BBVA Foundation has named IFS Research Director Richard Blundell as recipient of the 2015 Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Economics, Finance, and Management. Professor Richard Blundell receives this award, together with Professor David Card from University of California at Berkeley, for contributions in empirical microeconomics and public policy. “Motivated by important empirical questions, they (and their various coauthors) developed and estimated appropriate econometric models, making significant methodological contributions in the process.  Both Blundell and Card are known for their attention to institutional detail, careful and innovative research design, rigorous application of econometric tools, and dispassionate reporting of results.Nobel Prizewinner Professor Eric Maskin of Harvard University, Chair of the Jury for the 2015 Award.