Firm behaviour, productivity and innovation

At the heart of research in this area is the study of firms’ behaviour and the role of institutions and public policy.

Our research seeks to inform why trends in productivity and innovation differ across industries and countries, and the consequences of this. We analyse firms’ incentives and their resulting behaviour, studying the determinants and consequences of firms’ investment and location decisions, price setting and advertising choices. We also consider the impact of government policy on firm behaviour and how this interacts with consumer choices.

Research to date has addressed the role of product market competition, labour market regulations, agglomeration of activities (including interactions between firms and universities), firm structure and the allocation of resources, skills and wages, and government policies. Our work is mostly empirical, with a strong ground in economic theory and a focus on linking our empirical findings to practical policy issues

Public sector pay in the next parliament

| Briefing Note

This briefing note analyses the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat plans for public sector pay, and what the implications of their policies are for the public sector.

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Police workforce and funding in England and Wales

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This briefing note provides background information on the police service in England and Wales. It details recent changes in police numbers and in police funding, and examines some indicators of police performance in the light of these changes. Finally, it considers briefly the Labour Party’s proposal to increase the number of police officers.

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Minimum wages in the next parliament

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This briefing note, released as part of the IFS's pre-election analysis, provides key information about minimum wages in the next parliament.

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