ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) at IFS

The ESRC Centre for Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy is central to the research carried out and disseminated by IFS. The IFS as a whole seeks to carry out empirical microeconomic work of the highest quality and relevance, and to impact on policy and the public debate.   CPP logo

The ESRC Centre is fundamental to the Institute’s success. It provides the long-term funding that allows IFS to carry out groundbreaking independent research in economics and microeconometrics, and to invest in developing a unique range of models and datasets. It is only through ESRC Centre funding that the IFS is able to maintain the combination of impartiality, rigour and authority which are essential if we are to continue to achieve wide-ranging impact on policy and to inform the public debate. It ensures that any evidence given at a select committee, appearance on broadcast media or briefing to ministers or industry leaders is underpinned by deep, unbiased intellectual foundations.


The Centre has received funding from the ESRC for five years from autumn 2015. A launch event was held on Friday 15 October.


Centre funding contributes to the website, Microeconomic Insights, which is a home for accessible summaries of high quality microeconomic research which informs the public about microeconomic issues that are, or should be, in the public’s eye.

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Richard Blundell wins Nemmers Prize in Economics

IFS Research Director, Professor Sir Richard Blundell, has been awarded the 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.

Blundell 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 2017 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.


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IFS/CEP Joint Conference : Wages, Labour Market Policy and the Safety Net

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Location: 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields

An IFS / CEP conference organised by Richard Blundell, Rui Costa, Hilary Hoynes, Robert Joyce, Stephen Machin and Jim Ziliak.

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