2008 Conference Press Centre

Media briefings on papers presented at the conference are in six broad subject areas and are now available - see below. For more information, please contact the Royal Economic Society's media consultant, Romesh Vaitilingam.

THE ECONOMICS OF HEALTH AND HAPPINESS

The public puts a high value on clean air

Ethnic minority patients may be less likely to follow doctor's orders

Health can be good for your work

We need to break down taboos as well as lower the cost of cancer screening to increase detection rates

The MMR controversy: highly educated parents were more likely to stop their children being vaccinated

Large 'pay gaps' within firms may make staff happy rather than envious

Religious people are happier (but more reactionary) than atheists

Measuring the 'warm glow': new evidence that being more charitable makes people happy

Wellbeing increases more slowly than wealth

THE ECONOMICS OF EDUCATION AND FAMILIES

Demand for women workers during World War Two led to the post-war baby boom

Who wears the trousers? New evidence on how couples make decisions

Why parents leave bequests to their children

Daughters more sensitive than sons to the emergence of 'divorce culture'

Children of socially active parents have better exam results

Significant benefits from pre-school programme for disadvantaged children

Academic self-confidence: the impact on young people's decisions about university

Missing classes: the impact on students' performance

THE ECONOMICS OF FINANCIAL MARKETS AND THE MACROECONOMY

'Securitisation' amplifies financial cycles - and led to the credit crunch

Countries that default on their debt face heavy punishment by capital markets

Credit default swaps - new financial instruments that could cause another banking crisis, especially in a recession

How to prevent another Northern Rock

Will stagflation return? It depends on whether the oil price spike comes from increased demand or falling supply

When the economy slows, spending on incapacity benefits, health and pensions increases - and may keep us out of recession

THE ECONOMICS OF POLITICS, MEDIA AND THE LAW

'Jackpot justice': well-informed plaintiffs are more likely to settle out of court or win a trial

Politicians are distracted by 'moonlighting'

Politicians seeking re-election concentrate public spending in 'media cities'

Competition can reduce corruption in public services

People vote with their wallets rather than their hearts

Political ideas and income shape voters' preferences for the size of the state

THE ECONOMICS OF JOBS AND CAREERS

Having good colleagues improves your performance: evidence from Major League Baseball

Women scientists in the UK face 'glass ceilings'

Moving for your career pays off

Moving jobs abroad benefits highly skilled workers but harms low skilled workers

Getting more disabled people back into work

Staff training boosts company sales - and the workers benefit too

Public sector unions raise their members' pay

THE ECONOMICS OF BUSINESS AND CONSUMERS

Production subsidies - the secret to China's success?

Harry Potter and the innovative economy - the growing significance of 'soft innovation'

The value of an independent BBC to serve the public interest

'Promotional piracy': why some media and software companies turn a blind eye to illegal downloads

Capital city-based firms with skilled workforce are more likely to use information technology

Foreign firms help close the UK's productivity gap

Europe's single market has kept taxes on alcohol and tobacco low

The milk industry: supermarkets take 90% of profits; farmers only 3%

Betting on horse races: where to back the favourite and where to go for a longshot

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