ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) at IFS

The ESRC Centre for Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy is central to the research carried out and disseminated by IFS. The IFS as a whole seeks to carry out empirical microeconomic work of the highest quality and relevance, and to impact on policy and the public debate. The ESRC Centre is fundamental to the Institute’s success. It provides the long-term funding that allows IFS to carry out groundbreaking independent research in economics and microeconometrics, and to invest in developing a unique range of models and datasets. It is only through ESRC Centre funding that the IFS is able to maintain the combination of impartiality, rigour and authority which are essential if we are to continue to achieve wide-ranging impact on policy and to inform the public debate. It ensures that any evidence given at a select committee, appearance on broadcast media or briefing to ministers or industry leaders is underpinned by deep, unbiased intellectual foundations.

The Centre’s work covers the full extent of policy impact, investigating the ways in which policies influence human capital investments, work and occupational choice, firm behaviour, saving and retirement decisions, consumer choices and the public finances. The wide ranging activity of the Centre enables researchers to identify and analyse relationships between different policy decisions, drawing, for example, on expertise in education policy analysis to understand better the structure and effects of certain health policies.

The Centre uses an extensive range of microeconomic and microeconometric techniques to provide well-rounded and timely research. For example, researchers refine and develop databases and computer models on public finances and the tax and benefit system; compile and improve new datasets on education, health and consumer choice; and develop and apply new theoretical and empirical models.

Comparing charitable fundraising schemes: evidence from a natural field experiment and a structural model

| Journal Articles

The authors present evidence from a natural field experiment and structural model to shed light on the efficacy of alternative fundraising schemes.

Find out more

New IFS research to focus on health and social care spending on older people

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) is to carry out new research on the need for, and use of, health and social care services among older people in England, and how these services interact – thanks to funding from the Health Foundation, an independent health care charity.

The IFS researchers will investigate how public money is allocated across health and social care services for older people with different types of needs, and the effect on their health outcomes and wellbeing.

The research project will be led by IFS Programme Director Gemma Tetlow. She says, “With an ageing population and limited public funding, it is important to understand how health and social care spending can be directed most efficiently and how these services can complement one another to produce the best outcomes."

The IFS research is one of four projects selected for support by the Health Foundation under its £1.5 million Efficiency Research Programme.

Find out more


ETPF/IFS Conference : Britain, Europe and Tax Competition

| 09:00 - 15:30
Location: RICS

What are the most important plans for the EU? How do they relate to proposals likely to emerge from the OECD? And conversely, are OECD BEPS proposals commensurate with EU law and policy? How far, and in what ways, do member states continue to compete with each other? Are some forms of competition fairer than others? And in the focus on combating tax avoidance, what about the effects of corporation tax on investment and economic growth? The European Tax Policy Forum’s 2015 conference will address these issues with a range of first class speakers.

Find out more