Rachel Griffith

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Rachel Griffith
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Born (1963-05-16) 16 May 1963 (age 55)
Institutions University of Manchester
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Royal Economic Society
Field Economics
Alma mater University of Keele
Awards Brigit Grodal Award 2014
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Rachel Griffith CBE FBA (born 16 May 1963) [1] is a British-American academic and educator. She is professor of economics at the University of Manchester [2] and a research director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. [3] She is also President elect of the Royal Economic Society and will be President in 2018-19. [4]

Order of the British Empire British order of chivalry

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service. It was established on 4 June 1917 by King George V and comprises five classes across both civil and military divisions, the most senior two of which make the recipient either a knight if male or dame if female. There is also the related British Empire Medal, whose recipients are affiliated with, but not members of, the order.

University of Manchester public research university in Manchester, England

The University of Manchester is a public research university in Manchester, England, formed in 2004 by the merger of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and the Victoria University of Manchester. The University of Manchester is a red brick university, a product of the civic university movement of the late 19th century.

Institute for Fiscal Studies British financial research institute/think tank

The Institute for Fiscal Studies is an economic research institute based in London, United Kingdom, which specialises in UK taxation and public policy. It is politically independent and produces both academic and policy-related findings.


Griffith was president of the European Economic Association for 2015, [5] [6] making her the first woman to hold the position. [7] She was also joint managing editor of The Economic Journal between 2011 and 2017. [8]

The European Economic Association (EEA) is a professional academic body which links European economists. It was founded in the mid-1980s. Its first annual congress was in 1986 in Vienna and its first president was Jacques Drèze. The current president is Eliana La Ferrara. The Association currently has around 3000 members. Its objectives are:

".. . to contribute to the development and application of economics as a science in Europe; to improve communication and exchange between teachers, researchers and students in economics in the different European countries; and to develop and sponsor co-operation between teaching institutions of university level and research institutions in Europe "

The Economic Journal (EJ) is a peer-reviewed academic journal of economics published on behalf of the Royal Economic Society (RES) by Oxford University Press. First published in 1891, the EJ is one of the founding journals of economics and has a worldwide reputation for excellence in its field. The EJ publishes papers from all areas of economics and has eight issues a year.


Griffith holds both UK and US citizenship. [1]


Griffith earned her degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston (1985), [1] her M.Sc. in econometrics and forecasting from City of London Polytechnic (1991), [1] and her PhD from the University of Keele (1999). [9]

University of Massachusetts university in Massachusetts, United States of America

The University of Massachusetts is the five-campus public university system and the only public research system in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The University system includes five campuses, and a satellite campus, with system administration in Boston and Shrewsbury. The system is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and across its campuses enrolls 73,000 students.



Griffith's presidential address to the European Economic Association at the University of Mannheim, Germany entitled "Gluttony and Sloth? Labour Market Nonseparabilities and the Rise in Obesity", [10] [11] reflected her recent research into the relationship between changes in relative food prices and the nutritional quality of households’ shopping baskets. [12]

University of Mannheim German university

The University of Mannheim, abbreviated UMA, is a public research university in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Founded in 1967, the university has its origins in the Palatine Academy of Sciences, which was established by Elector Carl Theodor at Mannheim Palace in 1763, as well as the Handelshochschule, which was founded in 1907.

Corporation tax

In her Royal Economic Society Public Lecture 2015, "Does Starbucks Pay Enough Tax", Griffith argued that corporate tax should be charged like VAT. [13] Griffith stated that the current system of corporate taxation is outdated and taxing corporate profits in the location where value is created is not very meaningful. She suggested taxing profits at the destination of sales rather than at the source of profits would be an improvement. [14] [15] Griffith cited two papers, one by Auerbach and Devereux (2012), [16] the other by Devereux and Vella (2014), [17] in support of her case. Griffith's previous research in this area considers how influential corporate income taxes are in determining where firms choose to legally own intellectual property, i.e. the way in which intellectual property accounts for firms' assets and if they can be used by firms to shift income offshore to reduce their corporate income tax liability. [18]

Royal Economic Society organization

The Royal Economic Society (RES) is a professional association that promotes the study of economic science in academia, government service, banking, industry, and public affairs. Originally established in 1890 as the British Economic Association, it was incorporated by royal charter on December 2, 1902. The society is a charity registered with the U.K. Charity Commission under charity number 231508.

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United Kingdom corporation tax corporate tax levied in the United Kingdom on the profits made by UK-resident companies and on the profits of entities registered overseas with permanent establishments in the UK

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Honours and fellowships

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Chapters in books

See also: The Mirrlees Review.

Journal articles





2015 onwards

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  2. "Griffith's profile". manchester.ac.uk. University of Manchester . Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  3. Staff (6 January 2016). "Orazio Attanasio and Rachel Griffith appointed as IFS Research Directors". ifs.org.uk. Institute for Fiscal Studies . Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  4. "Rachel Griffith to be the new President-elect of the Royal Economic Society". www.ifs.org.uk. Institute for Fiscal Studies . Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  5. "Former presidents: 1986 onwards". eeassoc.org. European Economic Association (EEA). Retrieved 15 January 2016.
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  7. Staff (8 April 2014). "Accolade for top female economist". manchester.ac.uk. University of Manchester . Retrieved 15 January 2016.
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  9. Griffith, Rachel (1999). Taxes, the location of multinationals and productivity: an empirical analysis using panel data (PhD thesis). University of Keele. OCLC   556724027.
  10. Staff. "30th Annual Congress of the European Economic Association, University of Mannheim, 24–27 August 2015: plenary sessions". eeassoc.org. European Economic Association (EEA). Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  11. Griffith, Rachel (August 2015). Gluttony and Sloth? August 2015, presentation notes (pdf). University of Manchester . Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  12. Griffith, Rachel; O'Connell, Martin; Smith, Kate (Spring 2015). "Relative prices, consumer preferences, and the demand for food". Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Special Issue: Food. 31 (1): 116–30. doi:10.1093/oxrep/grv004. via PDF
  13. Staff (23 November 2015). "Tax 'should be paid where products sold'". BBC business news . BBC . Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  14. Griffith, Rachel (24 November 2015). Royal Economic Society Public Lecture 2015, presentation notes (PDF). University of Manchester . Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  15. Griffith, Rachel (24 November 2015). "Royal Economic Society Public Lecture 2015". Royal Economic Society via WaveCast. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  16. Auerbach, Alan J.; Devereux, Michael P. (October 2013). "Consumption and cash-flow taxes in an international setting". NBER Working Paper No. 19579. doi:10.3386/w19579. SSRN   2345073 . Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation WP 13/11 PDF
  17. Devereux, Michael P.; Vella, John (December 2014). "Are we heading towards a corporate tax system fit for the 21st century?". Fiscal Studies, Special Issue: Corporate Tax. 35 (4): 449–75. doi:10.1111/j.1475-5890.2014.12038.x. SSRN   2532933 . PDF
  18. Griffith, Rachel; Miller, Helen; O'Connell, Martin (April 2014). "Ownership of intellectual property and corporate taxation". Journal of Public Economics. 112: 12–23. doi:10.1016/j.jpubeco.2014.01.009.
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