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Econometric methods
Econometric methods   Our approach is to combine new ideas in economic theory with cutting-edge microeconometric methods.

By using data to analyse the characteristics and behaviour of people and firms at a disaggregated level, we can develop a richer understanding of the impact of policy and its social and economic environment than is possible simply from looking at aggregate measures.

To help achieve this, our research agenda encompasses investigation of microeconometric methods, policy evaluation methodology and modelling of individual, household and firm behaviour, as well as analysis of particular policy issues and key ingredients for effective policy development.

The Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice (cemmap) at IFS provides a focus for development, understanding and application of the statistical and econometric tools used to identify and estimate models of behaviour.
Research projects
Date started: 01 April 2005
This project aims to produce several contributions of considerable policy and practical relevance, as well as of methodological interest, for the study of the returns to educational qualifications using data from the National Child Development Survey.
Date started: 01 April 2005
Supported by the EU 6th Research Framework and Marie Curie Research Training Actions
Date started: 01 July 2004
A small ESRC funded grant to support the activities of a specialist study group, which runs workshops during the year and an annual residential conference. Most of the money can only be used for travel and subsistence of participants.
Date started: 01 January 2004
Research has investigated the finite sample properties of alternative testing procedures, including bootstrap methods.
Date started: 01 January 2004
The objective of this research is to apply LIV to several interesting empirical problems in labour economics.
Date started: 01 January 2004
We are investigating theoretical issues related to appropriate inferences in the context of semiparametric and nonparametric methods.
Date started: 01 January 2004
Research under this theme examines the nature of the restrictions that endow an econometric model with the power to identify particular structural features.
Date started: 01 January 2004
Measurement error contaminates many responses recorded in microdata.
Date started: 01 January 2004
When considering changes in welfare caused by policy interventions it is good to know how individuals within households are affected by a policy.
Date started: 01 January 2004
Testing for functional structure in preference orderings
Date started: 01 January 2004
Characteristics models are based on the idea that people have preferences over generic characteristics of goods and services and they have been found to be useful in many areas of economics and psychology.
Date started: 01 January 2004
Hedonic models are fundamental in the analysis of markets with differentiated products.
Date started: 01 January 2004
It is difficult to measure the contribution of school quality to student outcomes. Since parents choose where their children attend school, it is impossible to tell using a naïve analysis whether students at 'good' schools do well because the schools are good or whether they do well because they are in some sense 'good' students.
Date started: 01 January 2004
This strand of research is developing models of life-cycle consumption, labour supply and savings with fixed costs of labour force participation and other such fixed costs.
Date started: 01 October 2002
Policymakers have used the wide body of research evidence from around the world, which purports to show that children who grow up in poor families experience a wide range of negative outcomes, to justify large increases in benefits to families with children. The most commonly found justification for this approach has been that it serves to improve children's outcomes, both in childhood and later in life.
Date started: 19 August 2002
The Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice (cemmap) provides a focus for development, understanding and application of methods for modelling individual behaviour, the influences on it and the impact of policy interventions.