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.   CPP logo

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 has received funding from the ESRC for five years from autumn 2015. A launch event was held on Friday 15 October.


Centre funding contributes to the website, Microeconomic Insights, which is a home for accessible summaries of high quality microeconomic research which informs the public about microeconomic issues that are, or should be, in the public’s eye.

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Breast feeding and the weekend effect: an observational study

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An extensive literature documents the potential benefits of breast feeding for infant health. These benefits might extend to the long term. Breast feeding is associated with lower blood pressure and lower risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity, as well as with higher cognitive development measures. Alongside this, there is a strong socioeconomic pattern in breast feeding. In the UK in 2010, the incidence of breast feeding was 91% among babies whose mothers left full-time education when they were over 18, compared with 75% among those whose mothers left full-time education aged 17 or 18 and 63% among those whose mothers were 16 or under when they left full-time education.

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IFS Director Paul Johnson awarded an honorary doctorate from Exeter

Exeter University today awarded IFS Director Paul Johnson the degree of "Doctor of Laws honoris causa".

Exeter Vice-Chancellor Steve Smith said: "It is with great pleasure that I present Paul Johnson for an honorary degree for his work in the field of Economics, and in recognition of the significant contribution he has made to public policy debates in the UK.... we are honoured to welcome Paul to the University today as an honorary graduate and to recognise his achievements. Above all, we are recognising someone who has a unique - and profoundly - influential voice in UK society. This University shares Paul’s commitment to the creation of informed, data-led public debates."

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IFS residential conference 2016 ‘Corporate tax avoidance: where next for policy and practice?’

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Location: Magdalen College Oxford

Every two years, IFS holds a residential conference, aiming to facilitate high-level knowledge exchange between practitioners, policymakers and academics on key areas of policy and practice. This year we will consider how anti-avoidance measures are designed, how governments’ and businesses’ perspectives on tax avoidance are changing, and what we can expect from international efforts going forward.

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