2009 Conference Press Centre

Media briefings on papers presented at the conference are linked from the headlines below. For more information, please contact the Royal Economic Society's media consultant, Romesh Vaitilingam.

Full versions of the papers presented at the conference are now available.


The economics of education

Faith schools: the impact on academic achievement and segregation

Widening participation in higher education

Investment in an extra year of education pays a high return for all

UK Students have Unrealistic Pay Expectations

Sources of inequality in educational achievement

Designing an ideal university system

The impact of industry collaboration on academic research output

The economics of inequality and happiness

Comparing our income with others makes us unhappy

Income comparisons and suicide

The emerging aversion to inequality

Natural and man-made drivers of ethnic diversity

Family ties and life expectancy

The economics of housing, saving and retirement

We are living beyond our means

‘Money’s worth’ of compulsory purchase annuities

How much people think their houses are worth

The economics of work and pay

Britain’s weakened trade unions still reduce workplace profits

Incentives for violence in North American ice hockey

Blogging and the economics of attention

Married women's work and use of childcare in Southern Europe

Grandma's reaction to welfare-to-work reform

Expected wages of the unemployed

The economics of business, trade and investment

Key UK export industries suffer most from the recession

Google’s market dominance – and what to do about it

Joint Ventures in China

Corruption can increase trade flows

How free trade agreements boost exports

Financial health, exporting and firm survival

Reputation as regulation: lessons from how former Arthur Andersen clients chose their new auditor

The economics of democracy and war

When falling commodity prices lead to civil war

From democracy to capitalism, but not necessarily the other way around

Less democratic countries are more susceptible to massive growth reversals

Domestic political instability: the link to international terrorism

Financial markets and the macroeconomy

Sub-prime, interest rates spreads and the impact on UK monetary policy

The causes and effects of herd behaviour in financial markets

Excessive leverage and asset bubbles: averting Armageddon with Chapter 11?

The economic benefits of mortage-backed securities

Incentives in financial institutions: why capital regulation is likely to be ineffective as long as banks’ bonus systems prevail

Joining the euro changes a country’s business cycle

Finding a new strategy for economic forecasting: select one model or average across models?

Financial Openess leads to deeper domestic financial markets

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