IFS Research fellow Dr Abi Adams has been awarded the 2018 ESRC Outstanding Impact in Public Policy award. The award was given for her research on employment tribunal fees which contributed to the unanimous Supreme Court finding in July 2017 that the fee system for employment tribunal claimants was unlawful.
Her article on the adverse incentives of the fees, co-written with Dr Jeremias Prassl, was highlighted as a contribution to the Supreme Court verdict in a House of Commons Research briefing note. This successful case has inspired great interest in considering what evidence to draw on when assessing the levels at which fees and costs for services should be set, who should bear those costs and how to evaluate the outcomes of those decisions. Dr Adams has since collaborated with the UN's International Labour Organization on using the model to evaluate the impact of similar reforms worldwide, starting in Brazil.
The award was presented by former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Read more on the ESRC website.