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Richard Blundell, University College London

Richard Blundell

Professor Sir Richard Blundell, CBE FBA holds the David Ricardo Chair of Political Economy at University College London where he was appointed Professor of Economics in 1984. He is Director of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) IFS where he was been Research Director 1986 - 2016. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of St.Gallen; Norwegian School of Economics NHH; University of Mannheim; Universita della Svizzera; University of Bristol; and University of Venice Ca’Foscari. He has held visiting professor positions at UBC, MIT, Chicago, Northwestern, TSE and Berkeley. He was Knighted in the 2014 New Years Honours list for services to Economics and Social Science; he was awarded the CBE in 2006.

His published papers on microeconometrics, consumer behavior, savings, labour supply, taxation, public finance, innovation, and inequality have appeared in the top academic journals. He was co-editor of Econometrica 1997-2001, co-editor of the Journal of Econometrics 1992–1997. He is founding editor of Microeconomic Insights. He was an editor and panel member of the IFS Mirrlees Review: Tax Reform for the 21st Century. He is currently editor and panel member of the IFS-Deaton Review: Inequality in the 21st Century.

He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the British Academy, the American Economic Association, American Academy of Arts and Science, the Institute of Actuaries and the National Academy of Science. He has been President of the European Economics Association; the Econometric Society; the Society of Labor Economics, and the Royal Economic Society.

He was recipient of the 1995 Yrjö Jahnsson Prize; the 2000 Frisch Prize; the 2008 Jean-Jacques Laffont Prize; the 2015 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Prize in Economics; the 2016 Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics; and the 2020 Jacob Mincer Prize in Labor Economics.