IFS announcements

Announcements about IFS research and researchers.

cemmap awarded ESRC Large Research Grant

The Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice (cemmap) has won a £1.9m, four year grant in the ESRC 2017 Large Grants Competition.

The new grant funds research to advance our ability to address questions about the structure of complex economic and social processes using big data and new tools of econometrics and statistics.  The research programme is built around five interlocking themes: big data and machine learning, dynamics and complexity, robust models, networks and interactions, and survey design and measurement.

Cemmap (www.cemmap.ac.uk) is a joint venture by UCL and the Institute for Fiscal Studies founded in 2000 with a grant from the Leverhulme Trust and an ESRC Research Centre since 2007. The new grant based at IFS provides support to 9 researchers at UCL’s Department of Economics, 2 overseas researchers, and support for cemmap’s on-going programme of seminars, workshops, training courses and master classes.

Andrew Chesher is  Principal Investigator with Co-Investigators and researchers: Pedro Carneiro, Áureo De Paula, Raffaella Giacomini, Toru Kitagawa, Dennis Kristensen, Sokbae Lee (Columbia), Lars Nesheim, Adam Rosen (Duke), Martin Weidner and Daniel Wilhelm.

IFS Associate Director David Phillips attends Scottish Parliament's External Experts Network

David Phillips, Associate Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, attended the first meeting of the Scottish Parliament's External Experts Network in Edinburgh on the 12th June. The aim of this Panel is to support the Scottish Parliament's committees with responsibility for scrutinising issues related to Brexit, the Fiscal Framework and Social Security benefits - issues which David has undertaken research on. In this first meeting, David joined other researchers from across Scotland and the UK, as well as Scottish parliamentarians and parliamentary staff, for an initial discussion of the key challenges in the coming years, and the areas of interest he could contribute to.

The External Experts Panel is a joint venture between the Scottish Parliament and the Centre on Constitutional Change at Edinburgh University.

IFS researchers present at conference on sanitation financing & revenue models in reuse (human) waste

This conference was organisded by EDePo at IFS and WASTE and benefited from the support of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). The conference brought together from different parts of the world; academics, practitioners and policy-makers with the aim to generate knowledge regarding sanitation financing and revenue models on sludge reuse.

The sessions focused on presentations on policy and impact research in sanitation financing, setting up of impact bonds and (micro)-financing of sanitation. This was followed by presentations delivered by practitioners in the field and WASH specialist who looked into revenue models in reuse of human waste. Discussions were of much interest due to their potential to overcome sanitation challenges in developing countries.

This event benefited from EDePo’s experience gained over the last eight years through collaborations and academically rigorous and innovative methods to evaluate the effectiveness of low cost sanitation on health in developing countries.

Conference proceedings can be found here.