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.

The outlook for public spending on the NHS

| Journal Articles

This article, commissioned and published by The Lancet, considers the rising demand and cost pressures for the NHS and how these might be addressed under the parties’ plans for public spending over the next few years.

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IFS at the Royal Economic Society conference

The Royal Economic Society conference 2015 is held in Manchester between 30 March and 1 April and co-organised by James Banks (IFS and Manchester). In addition to the usual programme of outstanding keynote lectures and special sessions, this year’s conference features a number of sessions celebrating the 125th Anniversary of The Economic Journal (EJ) and launching the anniversary edition of the journal. The journal is currently administered at IFS, as IFS’s Rachel Griffith is on the editorial board.

Presentations by and session involving IFS staff and associates include:

30 March

  • Rachel Griffith (IFS and Manchester) chairing ‘Behavioural economics and public policy’
  • Imran Rasul (IFS and UCL), ‘Extrinsic and intrinsic motivations for tax compliance: evidence from a field experiment in Germany’
  • Claire Crawford (IFS and Warwick), chairing ‘UK early years policy’
  • Sarah Cattan (IFS), ‘The impact of Sure Start on cognitive achievement’
  • Bansi Malde (IFS) chairing ‘Development economics: credit markets and insurance’
  • Bansi Malde (IFS), ‘Network structure and risk sharing in extended family networks’
  • James Banks (IFS and Manchester), ‘Labour economics: retirement and pensions’
  • Claire Crawford (IFS and Warwick) chairing ‘Labour economics: returns to education I’
  • Jack Britton (IFS), ‘Conditional cash transfers: a dynamic structural model of post-compulsory education decisions’
  • Sarah Cattan (IFS) chairing ‘Public economics: health I’
  • Jonathan Shaw (IFS) chairing ‘Public economics: taxation I’
  • Jonathan Shaw (IFS), ‘How long-lasting are the effect of audits?’
  • Orazio Attanasio (IFS and UCL) chairing ‘Harrod and Ramsey on Growth’ (Economic Journal special session)
  • Orazio Attanasio (IFS and UCL), ‘Frank Ramsey's mathematical theory of saving’

31 March

  • James Banks (IFS and Manchester) chairing ‘Econometrics: panel data’
  • Richard Blundell (IFS and UCL), chairing ‘The taxation of savings(Economic Journal special session)

1 April

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ETPF/IFS Conference : Britain, Europe and Tax Competition

| 09:30 - 17:00
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.

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