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.

About CPP

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.

Journal publications over the past decade (2014-23)

  • Top five economics journals: 46
  • Top economics field journals: 131
  • Academic work at IFS underpins our impact on policy and society.

Key conference presentations in 2023 included

  • CPP Co-Director Richard Blundell delivered the keynote lecture on 'Inequality, Redistribution and the Wage Progression: Reflections from the Deaton Review' at the Labour Force and Annual Population Surveys Conference 2023
  • IFS Associate Director Anne Brockmeyer delivered the keynote lecture at the World Bank-George Washington University Sustainable Cities Workshop
  • IFS Co-Director Eric French delivered the keynote presentation on 'The Effect of Disability Insurance Receipt on Mortality' at the Barcelona School of Economics Summer Forum 2023

Awards and recognition

  • CPP Director Imran Rasul elected as the next Vice President (President-Elect in 2025 and President in 2026) of the European Economic Association. 
  • IFS Director Paul Johnson awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Sussex and the University of York. 
  • IFS NHS waiting lists calculator won the 2022 Harding Prize for Trustworthy Communication
  • IFS Deaton Review contributor Claudia Goldin won the Nobel Prize in economics
  • Paper by IFS Associate Director Anne Brockmeyer awarded 2023 ADB–IEA Innovative Policy Research Award
  • IFS International Research Fellow Olympia Bover won the Rei Jaume I Prize

Press coverage in 2023

  • Front pages: 146 
  • Press interviews: 304, including 16 on Today, 11 on LBC and 46 on BBC R4

Policy impact 2023

  • Hansard mentions: 206
  • Evidence to government committees: 21

Attendance at IFS events (43 events in 2023)

  • Policymakers: 1,779
  • Academics: 1,571
  • Business: 1,647
  • Media: 189
  • Other: 1,516
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