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ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) at IFS

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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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London - Paris Public Economics academic conference

21-22 September 2018

In September, in collaboration with LSE and the Paris School of Economics, CPP is hosting academic conference at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The conference, organised by Richard Blundell, Antoine Bozio, Robert Joyce, Camille Landais and Johannes Spinnewijn, will be on the topic of 'Taxes, welfare and social insurance in the 21st century'.

The conference will be preceded by an panel session, bringing together an international field of experts and senior policy-makers to discuss the big challenges with respect to in-work poverty, and what we know – and need to know – about policy effectiveness.

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CPP afforded official ESRC 'Research Institute' status

9 April 2018

For the first time, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has recognised two global centres of excellence with official ESRC Research Institute status. One of these is the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP), which is based at IFS. The other is the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), at LSE. 

2nd Annual Research Conference of Banco de España

4 September 2018 | Madrid

CPP is collaborating with the Bank of Spain to organise a conference in autumn 2018, featuring distinguished speakers, including CPP director Richard Blundell and IFS research director, Rachel Griffith.

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