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.



Relative prices, consumer preferences, and the demand for food

| Journal Articles

Shocks to world commodity prices and the depreciation of sterling led to a large increase in the price of food in the UK. It also resulted in large changes in the relative prices of different foods. The authors document these changes, and consider how they affected the composition of households’ shopping baskets.

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Rachel Griffith gives RES annual lecture

Professor Rachel Griffith is giving the annual lecture of the Royal Economic Society on 24 November 2015. The title of the lecture is "Does Starbucks Pay Enough Tax?" How much tax do large multinational firms pay? Where do they pay it and where should they pay it?

This clip about corporate taxation, on the Today programme from 24 November features an interview with Rachel about the location of firms and their taxation.

Rachel is Co-Director of the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester. 

The event will be streamed live. More information can be found on the RES website.

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IFS 2015 Spending review/autumn statement analysis

| 13:00 - 14:45
Location: Beveridge Hall, Senate House

At this event IFS researchers will present an initial assessment of the consequences for government departments, the size of spending cuts required and an analysis of any new tax and benefit changes.

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