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ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP)

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.

Featured publications and research
February 2014
We consider how influential corporate income taxes are in determining where firms choose to legally own intellectual property.
September 2013
This paper estimates the impact of a long-established pre-school nursery programme on children's nutritional status.
28 Mar 2014 - 28 Mar 2014
University of California, Berkeley
03 Mar 2014 - 14 Mar 2014
01 Jan 2012 - 01 Jan 2014
University College London
01 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2013
University of Warsaw (Microeconomics Department)

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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Impact on Society
IFS researchers used knowledge from past findings to analyse the potential impact of a proposed reduction in corporation tax to encourage innovation.
IFS researchers found that the In-Work Credit encouraged lone parents to leave benefit more quickly but did not increase work retention.