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.

Using the infrastructure of a conditional cash transfer program to deliver a scalable integrated early child development program in Colombia: cluster randomized controlled trial

| Journal Articles

The objective of this paper is to assess the effectiveness of an integrated early child development intervention, combining stimulation and micronutrient supplementation and delivered on a large scale in Colombia, for children’s development, growth, and hemoglobin levels.

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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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Conference

Higher education access, progression and funding: what lessons for social mobility?

Date:
| 10:00 - 12:30
Location: Nuffield Foundation

With student number controls being relaxed in England, more young people will have the opportunity to go to university than ever before. But with the benefits of a degree varying by subject and institution, the challenge of ensuring that higher education remains a vehicle for social mobility is likely to continue. At the same time, there remain ever-present questions about the financial stability of the HE sector: is the current system of undergraduate funding sustainable? What about other sources of university funding? This event will draw on research funded by the Nuffield Foundation and other IFS work.

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