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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Association of Inflammation with Specific Symptoms of Depression in a General Population of Older People: The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.

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•There may be a symptom-specific association between C-reactive protein and depression. •C-reactive protein was associated with somatic but not psychological symptoms. •This association was only found in people untreated by antidepressants.

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IFS researchers awarded PhDs

IFS researchers Martin O'Connell and Cormac O'Dea have received PhDs in economics from University College London. The graduation ceremony took place on Friday 2 September. Gemma Tetlow, who recently moved from IFS to the Financial Times to be Economics Correspondent, also received her PhD.

PhD graduates

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What role can the tax system play in tackling inequality? (Conservative Party Conference Fringe Event)

| 17:30 - 18:45
Location: Jurys Inn, Birmingham

For the fourth year, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) are organising three discussions at the main party conferences this autumn.

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