Rachel Griffith

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Rachel Griffith
Rachel Griffith
Born (1963-05-16) 16 May 1963 (age 55)
InstitutionsUniversity of Manchester
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Royal Economic Society
Alma materUniversity of Keele
AwardsBrigit 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]

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]


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]



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]

Corporation tax[edit]

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that corporate tax should be charged like VAT.[13] Griffith stated that the current system of corporate taxation is outdated and taxing corporate profits in the location where value is created is not very meaningful.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]

Honours and fellowships[edit]



  • Griffith, Rachel (1999). Taxes, the location of multinationals and productivity: an empirical analysis using panel data (PhD thesis). University of Keele. OCLC 556724027.


Chapters in books[edit]

  • Griffith, Rachel; Blundell, Richard; Windmeijer, Frank (1995), "Dynamics and correlated Responses in longitudinal count data models", in Seeber, Gilg U.H.; Francis, Brian J.; Hatzinger, Reinhold; Steckel-Berger, Gabriele, Statistical modelling: proceedings of the 10th International Workshop on Statistical Modelling, Innsbruck, Austria, 10–14 July, 1995, Lecture Notes in Statistics Series: Volume 104, New York: Springer-Verlag, pp. 35–42, ISBN 9780387945651 VIEW ONLINE
  • Griffith, Rachel; Bloom, Nicholas; Chennells, Lucy; Van Reenen, John (2002), "How has tax affected the changing cost of R&D? Evidence from eight countries", in Lawton Smith, Helen, The regulation of science and technology, Houndmills, Basingstoke, UK/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 136–160, ISBN 9780230554528 AVAILABLE ONLINE
  • Griffith, Rachel; Simpson, Helen (2004), "Characteristics of foreign-owned firms on UK manufacturing productivity", in Card, David; Blundell, Richard; Freeman, Richard B., Seeking a premier economy the economic effects of British economic reforms, 1980–2000, Chicago: University of Chicago Press for the NBER, pp. 147–80, ISBN 9780226092843 IFS WP01/10 PDF
  • Griffith, Rachel; Geroski, Paul (2004), "Identifying anti-trust markets", in Neumann, Manfred; Weigand, Jürgen, The international handbook of competition, Cheltenham, UK/Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar, pp. 290–305, ISBN 9781845423520 IFS WP03/01 PDF
  • Griffith, Rachel; Hines, James; Sørensen, Peter Birch (2010), "International capital taxation", in Mirrlees, James, The Mirrlees Review: volume 1: dimensions of tax design (reforming the tax system for the 21st century), Oxford, UK/New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 914–1027, ISBN 9780199553754 IFS PDF
See also: The Mirrlees Review.

Journal articles[edit]





2015 onwards


  1. ^ a b c d Griffith, Rachel. Curriculum vitae: Rachel Griffith, CBE, FBA (PDF). University of Manchester. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  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.
  6. ^ Griffith, Rachel. "European Economic Association Newsletter". eeassoc.org. European Economic Association (EEA). Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  7. ^ Staff (8 April 2014). "Accolade for top female economist". manchester.ac.uk. University of Manchester. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  8. ^ "The Economic Journal: editorial information". res.org.uk. Royal Economic Society. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  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.
  19. ^ "Professor Rachel Griffith profile". britac.ac.uk. British Academy. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  20. ^ Staff (21 April 2014). "Rachel Griffith wins 2014 Birgit Grodal Award". cepr.org. Centre for Economic Policy Research. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  21. ^ "No. 61255". The London Gazette. 13 June 2015. p. 10978.
  22. ^ "2016 Election of Fellows | The Econometric Society". www.econometricsociety.org. Retrieved 2016-11-09.

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