IFS announcements

Announcements about IFS research and researchers.

Richard Blundell wins 2016 Nemmers Prize in Economics

IFS Research Director, Professor Sir Richard Blundell, has been awarded the 2016 Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics for his "important contributions to labor economics, public finance and applied econometrics".

The Nemmers Prize is awarded for achievement and work of lasting significance in the field of economics. In particular, the prize recognizes major contributions to new knowledge or the development of significant new modes of analysis. Recipients are selected in even-numbered years, and as a condition of the award, spend several weeks in residence at Northwestern University interacting with students and faculty.

Richard is the first British winner of this prestigious prize, often considered second only to the Nobel prize.  His work covers the empirical microeconomic study of consumer, savings and labor supply behavior.  He has developed micro-data based models for intertemporal decisions over labor supply, human capital and consumption. Blundell also has analyzed family labor supply behavior and the interaction between consumer and labor supply behavior, while developing new microeconometric tools for the study of dynamic panel data models and the nonparametric analysis of individual decisions.

As the prize winner, Professor Blundell will give the Nemmers Prize Lecture on "Household Behaviour and the Dynamics of Inequality" on Wednesday 17 May at Northwestern University.


Professor Sir Richard Blundell (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University College London), Professor Larry Christiano (Chair of Economics department, Northwestern) and Dan Linzer (Provost of Northwestern).


Professor Sir Richard Blundell delivering his lecture.


IFS Research Fellow Professor Carol Propper wins international award

IFS Research Fellow, Professor Carol Propper, has won the prestigious International Health Economics Association (iHEA) Arrow Award, which recognises excellence in the field of health economics.

Professor Propper and two other academics were awarded the prize for a paper entitled “Free to Choose? Reform, choice and consideration sets in the English National Health Service (NHS)”. This was judged the best health economics paper published in 2016.


Deputy Minister of Finance for Ghana Visits IFS

Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Finance, Kwaku Kwarteng, visited IFS on Friday 5 May 2017 to discuss our partnership and ongoing work programme with the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

Deputy Minister Kwarteng was joined by Kofi Nti (Commissioner General of the GRA), Anthony Dzadzra (Director of the Revenue Policy Division at the MoF) and Ama Blankson-Anaman (Economics Advisor at the Department for International Development (DFID)).

During the meeting, the delegation from Ghana identified priority areas for tax policy research for the Government of Ghana, and IFS researchers discussed the use of evidence and the role of tax policy analysis in informing government policy and public debate in both the UK and Ghana.

The visit also provided an opportunity to discuss IFS's ongoing projects in Ghana, which are being implemented in collaboration with civil servants. These include the development a microsimulation model to simulate the impact of proposed tax and transfer policy changes on revenues and households along the income distribution, and the provision of support to the MoF and GRA to rigorously cost tax policy proposals, and to increase their use of taxpayer-level administrative data to improve the precision of analysis.  

IFS' work in Ghana is funded by DFID as part of our Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV). You can find more information about TAXDEV here: https://www.ifs.org.uk/centres/taxdev/