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.

Cash by any other name? Evidence on labeling from the UK Winter Fuel Payment

| Journal Articles

This article examines the effect of the UK Winter Fuel Payment, a cash transfer to older households, on spending patterns.

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IFS researchers present at EEA-ESEM conference

A number of IFS researchers presented paper at the EEA-ESEM conference, including papers on female labour supply and welfare reform; lifetime inequality and redistribution; how household spending adjusts to economic conditions; and estimates of the the effects of teacher pay on pupils' attainment.

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Child development and policy interventions (an IFS briefing as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science)

| 09:30 - 12:30
Location: The British Academy

The first years of a child’s life lay the basis for lifelong outcomes. During this vital period, though, many children are exposed to poverty, malnutrition, illnesses and un-stimulating home environments, which have a detrimental effect on their cognitive, motor, and social-emotional development, as well as on their health, thus prohibiting them from reaching their full developmental potential. This period of early childhood is therefore a critically important one for intervention.

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