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Martin O'Connell

Martin O'Connell

Deputy Research Director

Education

PhD Economics, University College London, 2015
MSc Economics (Distinction), London School of Economics, 2008
MA Financial Economics (1st Class), University of St Andrews, 2007

Martin is Deputy Research Director of IFS, and head of the Industrial Organisation and Demand sector. His research interests include empirical IO, public economics and applied microeconometrics. He joined the IFS in 2008.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W21/18
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant changes in where people work, eat and socialise. We use novel data on the food and non-alcoholic drink purchases from stores, takeaways, restaurants and other outlets to quantify the impact of the pandemic on the diets of a large, representative panel of ...
Journal article | Fiscal Studies, Volume 42, Issue 2
We study consumer spending dynamics during one such time, the first infection wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, using household scanner data covering fast-moving consumer goods in the United Kingdom.

Reports and comment

Briefing note
The current system of alcohol taxes in the UK is incoherent. The UK’s departure from the European Union offers an opportunity to improve the way that alcohol is taxed, as EU regulations that place constraints on the system of alcohol duties will no longer apply. In this briefing note, we provide ...
Briefing note
In this briefing note, we use comprehensive real-time data on grocery purchases and prices in Great Britain to show how inflation and promotional activity has evolved up until the beginning of August 2020.

Presentations

Presentation
Presentation given at Wellcome Trust seminar.
Presentation
This presentation was given by Martin O'Connell at the Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar on 27 April 2017.
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IFS Working Paper W21/18
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant changes in where people work, eat and socialise. We use novel data on the food and non-alcoholic drink purchases from stores, takeaways, restaurants and other outlets to quantify the impact of the pandemic on the diets of a large, representative panel of ...
Press release
Using data on millions of food and non-alcoholic drink purchases from stores, takeaways and restaurants, the analysis shows that: by May 2020, total calories were 15% above normal levels. During the second half of 2020, they were still, on average, 10% higher than usual.
Journal article | Fiscal Studies, Volume 42, Issue 2
We study consumer spending dynamics during one such time, the first infection wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, using household scanner data covering fast-moving consumer goods in the United Kingdom.
Journal article | Fiscal Studies, Volume 41, Issue 3
We use real‐time scanner data in Great Britain during the COVID‐19 pandemic to investigate the drivers of the inflationary spike at the beginning of lockdown and to quantify the impact of high‐frequency changes in shopping behaviours and promotions on inflation measurement.
Press release
The UK government has put out a call for evidence, seeking views on how well the alcohol duty system currently works and how it could be reformed. In new IFS research – funded by the European Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council and published today - we show that minimum ...
IFS Working Paper W20/37
We study the introduction of a price floor for alcohol that is aimed at correcting for negative consumption externalities. Policy effectiveness depends on whether the measure achieves large reductions in the most socially costly consumption.
Briefing note
The current system of alcohol taxes in the UK is incoherent. The UK’s departure from the European Union offers an opportunity to improve the way that alcohol is taxed, as EU regulations that place constraints on the system of alcohol duties will no longer apply. In this briefing note, we provide ...
Briefing note
In this briefing note, we use comprehensive real-time data on grocery purchases and prices in Great Britain to show how inflation and promotional activity has evolved up until the beginning of August 2020.
Press release
This is the main finding in new research – funded by the Nuffield Foundation and the Economic and Social Research Council – by IFS researchers published today. The paper uses real-time data on millions of grocery transactions (covering food, drink, alcohol, toiletries, cleaning products and ...
IFS Working Paper W20/34
We study consumer spending dynamics during the first infection wave of the COVID-19 pandemic using household scanner data covering fast-moving consumer goods in the United Kingdom.