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

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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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Latest news about CPP

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The IFS is launching a major new £2.5 million study of inequality in the UK, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Angus Deaton.

CPP directors, Orazio Attanasio, James Banks and Richard Blundell are on the panel for the review, along with a range of experts from the UK and overseas.

More information about the Review can be found here.

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The AEA, in conjunction with 59 associations in related disciplines known as the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA), holds a three-day meeting each January to present papers on general economics topics. This January, several IFS economists are presenting their work. 

IFS Research Director Rachel Griffith is presenting papers on 'Tax Design in the Alcohol Market', 'The Innovation Premium to Soft Skills in low-skilled occupations' and 'How well targeted are soda taxes?'.

CPP Director Richard Blundell is presenting papers on 'Nonlinear Persistence and Partial Insurance: Innovations in ...

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The Second AASLE Conference brought together researchers from around the world and was hosted by Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea from 13-15 December 2018. CPP director, Richard Blundell, gave the keynote address about household behviour and the dynamics of inequality.