The Public Economics Programme gathers a team of dynamic researchers conducting frontier work on inequality and public policies. Our areas of expertise are, among others, on the design of tax and transfer programs, the future of social insurance, the provision of public goods, the dynamics of gender inequality and the role of behavioural frictions for public policy.
The Programme regularly welcomes short- and long-term visitors to work with established faculty. The Programme, with its joint activities with UCL and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, as well as with the Paris School of Economics and the Institut des Politiques Publiques, is part of an active and internationally-renowned public economics research community in London and in Europe.
We also run a pre-doctoral research assistance programme, for promising young students who want to gain research experience and exposure before joining a doctoral programme. We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the ERC starting grants #679704 and #716485.
Public Economics of Inequality
A new research theme "Public Economics of Inequality" at the International Inequalities Institute, aims to bring the classic approach in Public Economics and its most recent advances to the study of inequality. Many STICERD academics are collaborating, with Johannes Spinnewijn as the theme convenor. Find out more...
The changing distribution of wealth in the pre-crisis US and UK: the role of socio-economic factors
The USA and the UK experienced substantial increases in net wealth in the decade that preceded the financial crisis, largely driven by house-price booms in each country. Frank Cowell, Eleni Karagiannaki and Abigail McKnight examine the extent to which changes in households' socioeconomic characteristics explain changes in wealth holdings and wealth inequality. Read more...
Johannes Spinnewijn is Associate Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, PhD Programme Director and EDP Coordinator (Department of Economics), and director of the Public Economics programme in STICERD. Read more...
Camille Landais is Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, a director of the CEPR Public Economics Program, and director of the State Research Programme at the International Growth Centre. He is also co-director of the Public Economics Programme at STICERD. Read more...