Sir Richard Blundell’s research interests encompass consumer economics, econometrics and labor economics.
In addition to his faculty position at University College London, he is research director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and director of the ESRC Centre for Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at the IFS. Previously he has served as the president for the Royal Economic Society, the European Economics Association, the British Science Association's economics division, the Econometric Society and the Society for Labor Economics.
He has published six books and numerous papers. His many awards include the Yrjö Jahnsson Award (1995), the Econometric Society Frisch Medal (2000), the Jean-Jacques Laffont Prize (2008), and the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Prize (2015). Blundell was knighted in 2014 for his services to economics and social science.
Blundell earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Bristol and his master’s degree in econometrics and mathematical economics from the London School of Economics. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland; the University of Mannheim; and the Norwegian School of Economics, NHH.
His visit as the 2017 Ta-Chung Liu Distinguished Visitor was supported by a generous gift from Donald R. Wilson Jr., AB’88 that advances fiscal studies.