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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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Latest news CPP and highlighted publications

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 ...
The Royal Economic Society is holding their annual conference online from Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 April 2021, and as part of the conference Rachel Griffith delivered a lecture on obesity, poverty, and public policy.
IFS Working Paper W21/08
How does enforcement of labor regulations shape the labor market effects of trade? Does the informal sector introduce greater de facto flexibility, reducing employment losses during bad times?
Briefing note
This report seeks to set out the potential effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on inequalities in the UK. The pandemic has affected inequalities in education, training, wages, employment and health, including how these vary by gender, ethnicity, and across generations.
Briefing note
This briefing note discusses the impacts of and lessons from the COVID-19 crisis for sub-national government finances, as well as the fiscal roles of and relationships between national, devolved and local government.
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.
Award given for services to Social Sciences
IFS Working Paper W20/26
This paper combines novel data on the time use, home learning practices and economic circumstances of families with children during the COVID-19 lockdown with pre-lockdown data from the UK Time User Survey to characterise the time use of children and how it changed during lockdown.