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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Domestic Effects of Offshoring High-skilled Jobs: Complementarities in Knowledge Production

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We provide evidence on how changes in the use of high-skilled workers (inventors) in a foreign location affect a firm's domestic use of the same type of worker. We exploit rich data that provide variation in the location of inventors within multinational firms across industries and countries to control for confounding firm–time and industry factors. We find that a 10% increase in the use of foreign inventors leads to a 1.9% increase in the use of domestic inventors. Our results suggest that foreign and domestic inventors are complementary in the production of knowledge.

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IFS is recruiting for an Events and Membership Manager and a Research Economist / Tax and Benefit Modeller

Events and Membership Manager

Salary: £34,000- £40,000; the wide salary range reflects our flexibility and ability to tailor the role to suit excellent candidates of different levels of experience.

Closing date: 8 June 2016

The IFS is looking for someone to promote the Institute and its research to key audiences and engage them with our work through the successful design and delivery of a large events programme and to manage and develop the IFS corporate membership programme, engaging with key stakeholders through events, emails and newsletters.

Research Economist / Tax and Benefit Modeller

Salary: £45,000

Closing date: 20 June 2016

The IFS is looking for a Research Economist to lead and manage improvements and extensions to the IFS’s tax and benefit micro-simulation model (TAXBEN).

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CIOT/IFS Debate: Pensions and Savings: What role for the tax system?

| 18:30 - 20:00
Location: Royal Society of Arts

This is the seventh in a series of lectures and debates being organised by the CIOT and the IFS to promote debate among policy-makers, opinion-formers and the wider tax and economics communities on the future of the UK and international tax systems.

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