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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Rachel Griffith awarded Richard Musgrave Guest Professorship

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.

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ETPF/IFS Conference 2017

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Location: RICS

This conference is jointly organised by IFS and ETPF.

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