Ricardo Professor of Economics
University College London
Richard Blundell holds the David Ricardo Chair of Political Economy at University College London where he was appointed Professor of Economics in 1984. Since 1986 he has also been Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), where he is also Director of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland; the Norwegian School of Economics, NHH, Bergen, Norway; and the University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany. His research includes the fields of public economics, consumer behaviour, labour supply, taxation and welfare policy evaluation and micro-econometrics. He is also one of the founding editors of the Mirrlees Review of Tax Reform which reported its findings in 2011, http://www.ifs.org.uk/mirrleesReview.
He was awarded the CBE in the 2006 Queens New Year Honours list for his services to Economics and Social Science. In 1995 he was awarded the Yrjö Jahnsson Prize, given every two years to the best young economist in Europe, for his work in microeconometrics and the analysis of labour supply, welfare reform and consumer behaviour. In 2000 he was awarded the Econometric Society Frisch Prize Medal for his paper 'Estimating Labour Supply Responses using Tax Reforms'. In 2004 he was President of the European Economics Association and President of the Econometric Society in 2006. He is currently President of the Royal Economic Society (2011-2013).