Consumer behaviour

Research in this area aims to understand the behaviour of consumers – their choice of which goods and services to purchase, the sensitivity of their decisions to changes in prices, the interdependence of decisions made by firms and those made by consumers, and the implications of all these factors for government policy and for the wider economy.

Past research at IFS has made substantial contributions to the understanding of these topics. Ongoing areas of interest include: household consumption and how it changes over the life cycle; the modelling of demand; behavioural economics and rationality; the measurement of consumption and expenditure; consumer and firm behaviour in the food market; the construction of price indices; and the distributional impact of inflation.

Higher inflation means more pain for households from benefit freeze, less gain from £12,500 personal allowance

| Observations

This morning the Office for National Statistics announced that the inflation figure for the year to September.

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The cost of housing for low-income renters

| Report

This report documents changes in housing tenure and analyses changes in the cost of renting.

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Peer effects in risky choices among adolescents

| Working Paper

Peer effects in risky choices among adolescents

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