IFS research director, Professor Rachel Griffith has been awarded the 2017 Richard Musgrave Guest Professorship.
In 2008, the CESifo Group and the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF) established the Richard Musgrave Visiting Professorship, to honour the memory of one of Public Finance's greatest scholars. Richard Musgrave began his studies at the University of Munich and was a founding member of CESifo. This annual prize honours an outstanding scholar in the area of Public Finance. With this award the prize winner is also named a Distinguished CESifo Fellow.
The award winner is chosen through a formal selection process by the President and Vice Presidents of IIPF together with the President of the CESifo Group.
Rachel Griffith is the first woman to be awarded the Richard Musgrave Guest Professorship. Her work considers a wide range of issues in public economics and micro-econometrics, with a primary interest in bringing academic insights into the policy arena. She has published on topics ranging from corporate taxation, productivity and innovation economics and consumer behaviour. Her work with Philippe Aghion on the relation between competition and innovation is very highly cited. Professor Griffith currently has an ERC Advanced Grant to study consumer behaviour and health in food markets.
In her capacity as guest professor, Professor Griffith will give the 9th Richard Musgrave Lecture entitled "Do Sin Taxes Work?" on 27 April 2017 in the Senate Hall of the University of Munich. She will also give a doctorate course in: "Applied Empirical Industrial Organisation", on 20 and 21 April 2017.