Rachel Griffith


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Rachel is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and a Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). She is a co-editor of the Journal of Political Economy. She is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the British Academy, the Academy of Social Sciences and a Research Fellow of CEPR. She is an Honarary Foreign Member of the American Economic Association.  She is an Associate Editor of Econometrica and sits on the Council of the ESRC.

Rachel won the Birgit Grodal award in 2014, was awarded a CBE in 2015 for services to economic policy and was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to economic policy and education in 2021. She was President of the European Economic Association from 2013-2015, the first woman to hold the position. She was President of the Royal Economic Society, serving from 2018-2021, the Society's first female President in over 35 years and only the second woman to hold the post in its 129-year history. 

She has previously held two ERC Advanced Grant on "Empirical evidence on the formation of habits and self-control in food choices", and on "Microeconomic Analysis of Prices, Food and Nutrition". She is a co-Investigator on the ESRC "Centre for the Microeonomic Analysis of Public Policy" at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and of the "Obesity Policy Research Unit" jointly with the Institute for Child Health and The Behavioural Science and Health group at UCL.

Research interests

Rachel's research considers the relationship between government policy and economic performance. Her specific interests relate to the supermarket industry, nutrition competition, innovation and productivity.

Please see my personal webpage or my IFS webpage.

External positions

Research Director, The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

1 Jan 2016 → …


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