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Ian Crawford

Professor of Economics
Professorial Fellow

Research Interests: Empirical microeconomics.

I am a Professorial Fellow at Nuffield College, and a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, University of Oxford.  My main research interests are in structural empirical microeconomics (combining microeconomic theory and microeconomic data as seamlessly as possible).

Currently I'm working on projects in three main areas: revealed preference methodsindex numbers and heterogeneity.  Under revealed preferences I'm working on a characterisation of reference-dependence (with Laura Blow and Vince Crawford) and a project on price uncertainty and stochastic choice (with Daniel Martin). I have two main projects under index numbers: the first on new-characteristics bias in hedonic price indices (with Peter Neary which is now forthcoming), the second on measuring inflation with partially observed prices (with Matt Polisson). On heterogeneity I have a project on a non-separable, additive semiparametric representation of preferences plus some new work on estimating individual-by-individual labour-supply models using random fields. Current drafts of papers, or slides, are available on my research pages.

I am also a member of the (Technical) Advisory Panel on Consumer Price for the Office for National Statistics.

Ian Crawford



"New Characteristics and Hedonic Price Indices", forthcoming, Review of Economics & Statistics, (with J. Peter Neary)

"Nonparametric Analysis of Time-Inconsistent Preferences'", Review of Economic Studies, forthcoming,  (with L. Blow & M. Browning)

"Social interactions and the influence of 'extremists'", Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, 153,238-266,  September 2018,  (with Donna Harris)

"Gorman revisited: nonparametric conditions for exact linear aggregation", SERIEs: Journal of the Spanish Economic Association. 7, 203-220, (2016). (with Cherchye, L, B. De Rock and F. Vermeulen)

"Sharp for SARP" American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 2015, 7(1): 43–60, (with Richard Blundell, Martin Browning, Laurens Cherchye, Bram De Rock & Frederic Vermeulen)

"Testing for Intertemporal Separability" Journal of Mathematical Economics, 52(C), 46–49, 2014, (with Matthew Polisson).

"Empirical Revealed Preference", Annual Reviews, 6, 503-525, 2014 (with Bram de Rock)

“How many types are there?” Economic Journal, 123, (567), 77–95, March 2013, (with K. Pendakur)

“How demanding is the revealed preference approach to demand” American Economic Review, 101 (2011), 2782–2795, (with T. Beatty)

"Welfare rankings from multivariate data, a nonparametric approach", Journal of Public Economics 95 (2011) 247–252, (with G. Anderson and A. Leicester)

"Habits Revealed" Review of Economic Studies, 77(4), 2010, pp. 1382-1402

"Best Nonparametric Bounds on Demand Responses" Econometrica, 76(6), 2008, 1227–1262 (with R. Blundell and M. Browning)

"Testing for a Reference Consumer in International Comparisons of Living Standards" American Economic Review 98(4), 2008, pp. 1731–32 (with J. Peter Neary)

"Revealed Preference Methods for the Consumer Characteristics Model" Review of Economic Studies, vol 75, 2008, pp. 371-389 (with L. Blow and M. Browning)

"Improving Bounds on Demand Curves" International Economic Review, Vol. 48, No. 4, November 2007, (with R. Blundell and M. Browning).

“The RPI and the cost-of-living index: testing for consistency between theory and practice”, Fiscal Studies, 25(1), 2004, pp. 79-91 (with I. Image)

“Estimation of household demand systems with theoretically compatible Engel curve and unit value specifications”, Journal of Econometrics, vol. 114, 2003, pp. 221-241, (with F. Laisney and I. Preston).

"Nonparametric Engel Curves and Revealed Preference", Econometrica, 71(1), 2003, pp. 205-240, (with R. Blundell and M. Browning

"The cost of living with the RPI: Substitution bias in the UK Retail Prices Index", Economic Journal, 111, 2001, F311-334 (with L. Blow)