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Richard Blundell, CBE, FBA (born 1 May 1952) is a British Economist and Econometrician.

He is currently 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 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 Science (2002) and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (2003).

In 1995, he was the recipient of the Yrjö Jahnsson Award given 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 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 to an international high level economist whose research combines both the theoretical and applied aspects of economics.

He was co-editor of Econometrica from 1997-2001 and co-editor of the Journal of Econometrics from 1992 to 1997.

In 2004 he was President of the European Economic Association. In 2006 he was President of the Econometric Society. He is currently President-elect of the Royal Economic Society.

He received his BSc in Economics and Statistics (1st Class Honours) from University of Bristol in 1973. He received his Master degree in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from LSE in 1975. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland in 2003.

He has published six books and many articles on Econometrics, Microeconomics, Consumer Behaviour, Public Economics and Labour Economics.

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