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Rachel Griffith

Rachel Griffith

Research Director

Education

PhD "Taxes, the location of multinationals and productivity: an empirical analysis using panel data," Keele University 1999
MSc Econometrics and Forecasting, City of London Polytechnic, 1991
BA magna cum laude, Economics, University of Massachusetts, 1985

Rachel is Research Director of the IFS and Co-Director of the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP). She is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester, a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Econometric Society and a Research Fellow of CEPR. She is also President-elect of the Royal Economic Society and will be President in 2019/2020. Rachel won the Birgit Grodal award in 2014 and was awarded a CBE in Queen's Birthday Honours 2015 for services to economic policy. Her research considers the relationship between government policy and economic performance. Her specific interests relate to empirical industrial organisation, the retail food sector, nutrition, innovation, productivity and corporate tax.

Academic outputs

Working Paper
CEPR Discussion Paper DP12499
IFS Working Paper W17/28
We study optimal corrective taxation in the alcohol market. Consumption generates negative externalities that are non-linear in the total amount of alcohol consumed. If tastes for products are heterogeneous and correlated with marginal externalities, then varying tax rates on different products ...

Reports and comment

Briefing note
Since 2007 it has not been permitted to advertise food and drink that is high in fat, salt or sugar during children's television programmes. Evidence from Ofcom suggests that in 2016 children spent 64% of their viewing time watching programmes outside children’s programming. Recent discussion ...
Newspaper article
The impact of variation in diet quality across individuals on obesity and diet-related disease has received much attention, but variation in individuals’ diet quality over time less so. This column combines British data on food purchases with a model in which individual choice is driven by the ...

Presentations

Presentation
This presentation was given at the plenary talk at the Association of South European Theorists Annual Conference in Algiers.
Presentation
Presentation given at Wellcome Trust seminar.
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Briefing note
Since 2007 it has not been permitted to advertise food and drink that is high in fat, salt or sugar during children's television programmes. Evidence from Ofcom suggests that in 2016 children spent 64% of their viewing time watching programmes outside children’s programming. Recent discussion ...
Press release
Since 2007 it has not been permitted to advertise food and drink that is high in fat, salt or sugar during children's television programmes. Evidence from Ofcom suggests that in 2016 children spent 64% of their viewing time watching programmes outside children’s programming.
Newspaper article
The impact of variation in diet quality across individuals on obesity and diet-related disease has received much attention, but variation in individuals’ diet quality over time less so. This column combines British data on food purchases with a model in which individual choice is driven by the ...
Newspaper article
In a recent Guardian column, Elliot reproduced some classic misconceptions about what economists actually do.
Briefing note
Following a recent judgment, the UK Supreme Court confirmed that Scottish Government legislation for a minimum unit price for alcohol is lawful. The Scottish Government plans to introduce the measure on 1 May 2018. Meanwhile, the Welsh National Assembly is considering introducing a minimum unit ...
Press release
In a new briefing note published today, IFS researchers show that this proposed 50 pence minimum unit price would have a big impact on prices.
Blog
Rachel Griffith explains the significance of her research, which was funded through the European Research Council.
IFS Working Paper W17/28
We study optimal corrective taxation in the alcohol market. Consumption generates negative externalities that are non-linear in the total amount of alcohol consumed. If tastes for products are heterogeneous and correlated with marginal externalities, then varying tax rates on different products ...
Working Paper
Soda taxes aim to reduce excessive sugar consumption. Their effectiveness depends on whether they target individuals for whom the harm of consumption is largest. We estimate demand and account for supply-side equilibrium pass-through. We exploit longitudinal data to estimate individual preferences, ...