Researchers at IFS

Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy

The ESRC has funded a research centre at IFS since 1991, recognised as a global centre of excellence and now with UKRI Research Institute status.

CPP 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.

The overarching objectives of CPP 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; and build technical and policy capacity in a new generation of highly-skilled researchers.

ESRC funding for the CPP at IFS covers a wide range of the Institute's work; for more information see the research areas we work on at IFS.

Charles Bean, London School of EconomicsOlympia Bover, Bank of Spain
Tom Clark, Prospect MagazinePierre Dubois, Toulouse School of Economics
Hilary Hoynes (Chair), BerkeleyTrevor Huddleston, Department for Work and Pensions
Thierry Magnac, University of ToulouseWill Morris, PWC
Dave Ramsden, Bank of EnglandJames Smith, RAND
Sharon White, John LewisJames Ziliak, University of Kentucky

    Journal publications over the past decade (2012-21)

    • Top five economics journals: 45
    • Top economics field journals: 129
    • Academic work at IFS underpins our impact on policy and society.

    Key conference presentations in 2021 included

    • Rachel Griffith delivering the Royal Economic Society Past Presidents Address
    • Richard Blundells presentation on Inequalities in education, skills, and incomes: implications of the COVID-19 pandemic at the EEA-ESEM Congress 2021

    Awards and recognition

    • IFS Research Fellow Alissa Goodman awarded CBE in Queen's birthday honours
    • IFS Associate Director Anne Brockmeyer awarded UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship
    • IFS Research Associate Xavier Jaravel wins Le Monde's Best Young Economist 2021
    • Rachel Griffith and Carol Propper both made Dames in NY Honours

    Press coverage in 2021

    • Front pages: 165 
    • Press interviews: 249, including 17 on Today, 35 on LBC and 35 on BBC R4

    Policy impact 2021

    • Hansard mentions: 149
    • Evidence to government committees: 12

    Attendance at IFS events (49 events in 2021)

    • Policymakers: 1711
    • Academics: 1354
    • Business: 1436
    • Media: 100
    • Other: 1220