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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.

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Year: 500 publications
01 May 2011
Erich Battistin and Barbara Sianesi
We study the impact of misreported treatment status on the estimation of causal treatment effects, focusing on applications where no additional information or repeated measurements are available.
15 April 2011
We develop an empirical search-matching model with productivity shocks so as to analyze policy interventions in a labour market with heterogeneous agents.
01 April 2011
Gordon Anderson, Ian Crawford and Andrew Leicester
We develop a nonparametric empirical method for deriving welfare rankings for a social planner based on data envelopment, which avoids the need to specify a weighting scheme.
01 April 2011
This paper compares partial and general equilibrium e ects of alternative education policies on the distribution of education and earnings.
02 August 2010
James Heckman, Seong Hyeok Moon, Rodrigo Pinto, Peter Savelyev and Adam Yavitz
Social experiments are powerful sources of information about the effectiveness of interventions.
03 July 2010
This paper provides estimators for moments and quantiles of the unknown distribution in this problem.
03 July 2010
03 July 2010
This paper develops a concrete formula for the asymptotic distribution of two-step, possibly non-smooth semiparametric M-estimators under general misspecification.
03 July 2010
Jerry Hausman, Menzel, Conrad, Lewis, Randall and Whitney Newey
In this paper we modify CUE to solve the no moments/large dispersion problem.
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Impact on Society
We run a policy evaluation methods course that has trained practitioners inside and outside government how to conduct an evaluation and interpret the results.
We provided evidence to the Browne Review of higher education funding about the impact of a number of higher education finance reforms.