The Institute for Fiscal Studies has hosted an ESRC research centre since 1991. The Centre is directed by Professor Richard Blundell and co-directors, Professor Orazio Attanasio, Professor James Banks, Professor Rachel Griffith and Dr Imran Rasul.
The Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) aims to carry out core analytical research that will allow informed microeconomic analysis of major public policy issues, from productivity growth to poverty reduction, and from promoting employment to ensuring sound public finances. Our focus is on the careful modelling of individual, household and firm behaviour, combining cutting-edge empirical analysis with detailed understanding of policy options and implementation.
The stable funding provided by the ESRC through the Centre allows IFS as a whole to maintain a rigorous, scientific approach to research, while offering scope for timely, independent, well-informed contributions to public debate.
Complementing our policy-based research, IFS also hosts the ESRC Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice (cemmap), for the development of evaluation methodology and other econometric and statistical methods. cemmap which builds on the strengths developed at the ESRC Centre. This has further strengthened our commitment to evidence-based policy and to the development of suitable research methods in parallel with our empirical analysis.
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23 Apr 14
ETPF/IFS Conference "International Taxation: Base Erosion, Profit Shifting and Distortions to Real Activity"
28 Apr 14
IFS Annual Lecture by Professor Raj Chetty (Harvard)
The Determinants of Social Mobility: New Evidence and Policy Lessons
19 May 14
Public spending analysis stokes public debate and prompts increased transparency over government’s plans for spending cuts.
Changes to the benefit system recommended by IFS researchers have made working less than 16 hours a week more attractive to benefit recipients.