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Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy

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The ESRC has funded a Centre at IFS since 1991, which since 2018 has been recognised as a global centre of excellence and granted official ESRC Research Institute status.

The overarching objectives of the Centre are to:

  • make major scientific progress in understanding how individuals and firms behave and how they react to government policy;
  • have substantial impact on policy in the fields of taxation, labour market, education, welfare, pensions, and public finances;
  • build technical and policy capacity in a new generation of highly-skilled researchers.

The Centre underpins and is fundamental to IFS's research agenda, and is of central importance to our ability to integrate research with policy analysis. ESRC Centre funding enables the IFS to maintain the combination of impartiality, rigour and authority that is essential if we are to continue to achieve wide-ranging impact on policy and to inform the public debate.

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

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Prof Rachel Griffith has been made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year Honours List for her contribution to economics policy and education.
Professor Sir Richard Blundell and the team at the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) have won the ONS Research Excellence Award for their work on informing policies to tackle inequalities.
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In this report, we use a novel source of real-time data on households’ finances from Money Dashboard, a budgeting app, to explore the impacts of the crisis so far on earnings, incomes and financial distress, and how they are evolving. We complement this with household survey data to explain and ...
Richard Blundell receives 2020 Jacob Mincer Award for lifetime contributions to field of labor economics
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Reports indicate the government is considering a temporary cut in VAT to stimulate consumer demand, possibly targeted at sectors such as tourism and restaurants. Overall the case for a temporary VAT cut now is mixed. It could provide an important fillip to consumer demand if implemented under the ...
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Local authorities (LAs) across the country are among those on the front line of the coronavirus crisis. But geographical differences in demographic and economic structures make different parts of the country more vulnerable to different effects of the crisis – on health, on families and children, ...
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It is clear that the COVID-19 outbreak – and the public health response to it – will dramatically reduce economic activity in the second quarter of 2020.
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The COVID-19 crisis has affected every part of the country – and indeed many other countries. What sets this crisis apart is the many different ways that it is impacting families: while the virus itself is primarily a public health issue, the unprecedented responses it has necessitated mean that ...