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Richard Blundell

Richard Blundell
Sir Richard Blundell CBE
Born (1952-05-01) 1 May 1952
Nationality British
Institution University College London
Alma mater London School of Economics
Awards Knighthood BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award

Sir Richard William Blundell CBE FBA (born 1 May 1952, Shoreham-by-Sea) is a British economist and econometrician.

Blundell is the David Ricardo Professor of Political Economy at University College London and Research Director at Institute for Fiscal Studies. He is also Director of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at IFS. He is also a Fellow of the Econometric Society (1991), Fellow of the British Academy (1996), Honorary Member of the American Economic Association (2001), Honorary Member American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2002) and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (2003).


  • Career 1
  • Awards 2
  • Publications 3
  • Footnotes 4
  • External links 5


Blundell received his BSc in economics and statistics from University of Bristol in 1973 before graduating with a master's degree in econometrics and mathematical economics from the London School of Economics in 1975.

Of Lancastrian descent, he held a position as Lecturer in Econometrics at the University of Manchester from 1975-84. He was appointed Professor of Economics at University College London in 1984 and Research Director of the IFS in 1986, before establishing the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Fiscal Policy at IFS in 1991. He was Visiting Professor of Economics at UBC in 1980, at MIT in 1993 and at Berkeley in 2000.

He was co-editor of Econometrica from 1997 to 2001 and co-editor of the Journal of Econometrics from 1992 to 1997. He currently serves on the board of the Annual Review of Economics.

In 2004 Blundell became President of the European Economic Association, in 2006, President of the Econometric Society in 2010, President of The Society of Labor Economics and served as President of the Royal Economic Society (2010-12).


In 1995, Blundell received the Yrjö Jahnsson Award, given by the European Economic Association 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's Frisch Medal, awarded every two years for empirical or theoretical applied research published in Econometrica during the previous five years. In 2008 he was recipient of the Jean-Jacques Laffont Prize 2008 given by the Toulouse School of Economics to an international high level economist whose research combines both the theoretical and applied aspects of economics. He was the 2010 Distinguished Center for Economic Studies Fellow, an annual prize given by the CES of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich to an outstanding economist who has greatly contributed to the understanding of economic policy problems. In 2012 he was recipient of the IZA Prize in Labor Economics awarded by IZA for outstanding academic achievements in the field of labor economics.

Blundell was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland in 2003; by the University of Mannheim in 2011; and by the Norwegian School of Economics NHH, Bergen in 2011. He was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to economics and social science.[1]

He has received along with David Card the 2014 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Economics, Finance and Management category for “their contributions to empirical microeconomics,” in the words of the jury’s citation. “Motivated by important empirical questions, they developed and estimated appropriate econometric models, making significant methodological contributions in the process. Both are known for their attention to institutional detail, careful and innovative research design, rigorous application of econometric tools, and dispassionate reporting of results.”


He has published six books and many articles on econometrics, microeconomics, consumer behaviour, public economics and labour economics.


  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60728. p. 1. 31 December 2013.

External links

  • Debrett's People of Today
  • UCL webpage
  • IFS website
  • Works by or about Richard Blundell in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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