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Date: 07 Oct 2012

Richard Blundell receives IZA prize in labor economics

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Richard Blundell (left) with IZA Director Klaus Zimmermann at the IZA Prize ceremony
This year’s IZA Prize in Labor Economics was awarded to Richard Blundell (University College London and Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)). The prestigious award recognizes his path-breaking contributions to the econometric analysis of labor markets and public policy reforms.

Richard Blundell holds the David Ricardo Chair of Political Economy at University College London. He is a graduate of the University of Bristol and London School of Economics. Since 1986 he has been the Research Director of the IFS, where he is also the Director of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy. He has been on the editorial board of many academic journals and is also one of the editors of the Mirrlees Review of Tax Reform which reported its findings in 2011. In a similar spirit, IZA recently proposed a tax reform concept for Germany, which is based largely on the methodology developed by Richard Bl