Centre for the microeconomic analysis of public policy (CPP), 2010-2015

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IFS WP2021/38 Breastfeeding and child development

Breastfeeding and child development

Working Paper
We show that children who are born at or just before the weekend are less likely to be breastfed, owing to poorer support services at weekends.

25 October 2021

IFS WP2021/24 How much does degree choice matter?

How much does degree choice matter?

Working Paper
This paper investigates variation in returns to different higher education ‘degrees’ (subject-institution combinations) in the UK.

11 August 2021

IFS WP2021/14 The decline of home cooked food

The decline of home cooked food

Working Paper
We consider a simple model of food consumption and time use which captures the driving forces behind the decline of home-cooked food.

14 June 2021

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Reform to two-child limit addresses retrospection, but does not change long-run cut to support for big families


Today Amber Rudd, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, announced that the ‘two-child limit’ in tax credits and Universal Credit will not apply to children born before the policy was implemented in April 2017. This tackles the ‘retrospective’ application of the policy that had attracted criticism, and it means that the full impact of the policy will not be felt until the mid-2030s. But that long-run impact remains unchanged: ultimately the two-child limit will, among those families affected by it, reduce their incomes by an average of £3,000 per year. This remains a major reform to our benefits system.

11 January 2019

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Dynamic Economics in practice


Slides and software used to introduce the study of inter-temporal life-cycle models of consumption and savings and support the development of code to solve these type of problems numerically.

8 January 2019

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Aggregating labour supply elasticities: The importance of heterogeneity


Economists disagree on the size of labour supply elasticities. The column uses a model of female labour supply to show that there is substantial heterogeneity in both cross section and over the business cycle. It is not possible to think about labour supply elasticity as a unique structural parameter. To understand the consequences of income tax changes, for example, we need to be explicit about whose tax is changing.

29 November 2018

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Long-run Trends in the Economic Activity of Older People in the UK

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We document employment rates of older men and women in the UK over the last forty years. In both cases growth in employment since the mid 1990s has been stronger than for younger age groups. On average, older men are still less likely to be in work than they were in the mid 1970s although this is not true for those with low education. We highlight issues with using years of schooling as a measure of educational achievement for analysing labour market trends at older ages, not least because a large proportion of men who left school at young ages without any formal qualifications, have subsequently acquired some.

28 November 2018