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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Workplace pensions and remuneration in the public and private sectors in the UK

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We estimate the changing value of workplace pensions in the UK and incorporate their value into an estimate of the public sector pay differential. Falling pension membership in the private sector and growing value of public service pensions led to a significant increase in the estimated public sector pay differential from 1997 to 2009, even though headline pay grew faster in the private sector. From 2009 to 2012, although pay grew faster in the public sector, reforms to public service defined benefit pensions, particularly indexation to the CPI rather than RPI, significantly reduced the public pay differential.

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IFS Researchers present at 72nd Annual Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance

This year IFS Researchers are attending the 72nd Annual Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance on "Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Public Policy", taking place from 9 to 11 August 2016 at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA.

IFS Researchers will present at the following lectures:

Health Care and Health Outcomes
Session Chair: Melanie Luhrmann, IFS and Royal Holloway, University of London 

The E ffects of Fluoride In The Drinking Water
Discussant(s): Melanie Luhrmann (IFS and Royal Holloway, University of London)

Preferences for Sugar and the Eff ects of a Soft Drinks Tax
Martin O'Connell (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

Impact Of The Structure Of Household On Demand For Health Care Service And Health Expenditure: In The Case Of Advancement Of Aging In Japan
Discussant(s): Martin O'Connell (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

Increasing incomes, increasing waistlines? The impact of Chinese income growth on nutrition and diet
Melanie Luhrmann (IFS and Royal Holloway, University of London)

Sin Goods
Session Chair: Kate Smith, Institute for Fiscal Studies

Regulating Tobacco Consumption
Discussant(s): Kate Smith (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

Corrective Taxes and Consumer Heterogeneity in the Alcohol Market
Rachel Griffith, Martin O'Connell, Kate Smith (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

Immigration and the Use of Public Maternity Services in England
George Patrick Stoye (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

Bitterness in Life and Attitudes towards Immigration
Discussant(s): George Patrick Stoye (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

Firm Behavior
Firm level investment spikes: evidence from the UK's Great Recession
Richard Disney, Thomas Pope (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

How do small firms respond to tax schedule discontinuities? Evidence from South African tax registers
Discussant(s): Thomas Michael Pope (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

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IFS residential conference 2016 ‘Corporate tax avoidance: where next for policy and practice?’

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Location: Magdalen College Oxford

Every two years, IFS holds a residential conference, aiming to facilitate high-level knowledge exchange between practitioners, policymakers and academics on key areas of policy and practice. This year we will consider how anti-avoidance measures are designed, how governments’ and businesses’ perspectives on tax avoidance are changing, and what we can expect from international efforts going forward.

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