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The RES distributes Media Briefings summarising new economic research findings presented at its annual conference and published in each issue of The Economic Journal. Media briefings are also distributed in connection with other RES events and activities, such as the Annual Public Lecture and the Policy Lecture series.

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Annual Conference Reports/Overviews produced by conference rapporteurs, leading economics journalists attending conference, are also available.

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Featured Media Briefings

SPENDING LONGER IN SCHOOL DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN THAT WOMEN HAVE FEWER KIDS: New evidence for England and continental Europe

While demographic research typically reports negative correlations between fertility and time spent in education, new research shows that more... More

THE EFFECTS OF REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS: Forecasts may be underestimating productivity benefits

Modern techniques for evaluating the impact of regional trade agreements like the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)... More

GOLD HAS NEVER BEEN A GREAT HEDGE AGAINST BAD ECONOMIC TIMES: Evidence from decades of US and global data

GOLD HAS NEVER BEEN A GREAT HEDGE AGAINST BAD ECONOMIC TIMES: Evidence from decades of US and global data Gold has not served very well as a hedge... More

MIDLIFE CRISIS: Evidence that human wellbeing hits a low point in our early 40s

People’s life satisfaction follows a U-shape through the life cycle, gradually falling from early adulthood, reaching a minimum at around the ages of... More

BOOKS ARE FOREVER: New cross-European evidence of the impact of childhood conditions on education and lifetime earnings

Children who grow up around books do better in later life. That is the central finding of research by Giorgio Brunello, Guglielmo Weber and Christoph... More

November 2016

HIGH COSTS OF MISMATCH BETWEEN WORKERS AND JOBS: Lessons from economic research

Instead of worrying about unemployment as the main challenge for modern labour markets, we should consider more carefully the problems of mismatch of... More

October 2016

CHILDREN DO NOT BEHAVE LIKE ADULTS: New evidence on gender gaps in performance and risk-taking from TV game shows

While pre-teen girls and boys are equally willing to take risks in high-stakes situations, adult women have less of an appetite for risk than men. But... More

THE INTERGENERATIONAL WELFARE STATE: New thinking on a social compact to encourage greater investment in education

A new social compact can drive higher investments in human capital for the benefit of society as a whole without any generation needing to sacrifice.... More

RANDOMISED POLICY EXPERIMENTS: How to avoid biased predictions from how subjects are allocated into treatment and control groups

Even credible and explicit procedures for allocating people into ‘treatment’ and ‘control’ groups in randomised policy experiments do not guarantee an... More

ENDGAME BEHAVIOUR: New evidence of how people act towards others when they know the slate can be wiped clean

A mobile society in which people can sometimes start over with a clean slate need not be fatal to cooperative and trustworthy behaviour. That is the... More

INADEQUATE SAVING: Age dependence of people’s ability to impose ‘self- control’ implies that the young need more government incentives to save for retirement

People’s ability to focus on long-term goals is stronger in later adulthood than earlier in their lives. Moreover, this improvement in ‘self-control’... More

THE IMPACT OF SCHOOL STARTING AGE ON TEENAGE CRIMINALITY: Evidence from Denmark

Children who start school at a younger age are more likely to commit crimes before they reach their early twenties. Parents who enrol their offspring... More

THE ‘CLEANSING EFFECT’ OF RECESSIONS: Average firm productivity is boosted but by less when financial conditions are tight

When an economic downturn is driven by tightening financial conditions, the typical boost to overall productivity that comes from weaker firms closing... More

INCOME INEQUALITY IS LOWER IN SWING SEATS: Evidence from parliamentary elections in India

Constituencies in India where parliamentary elections have been closely fought have lower income inequality and a bigger middle class. That is the... More

LOW-ACHIEVING TEENAGERS: Evidence from France of the potential of low-cost interventions to clarify educational options

A simple programme of meetings facilitated by school principals and targeted at low-achieving 15 year olds can help them to identify educational... More

FRIENDSHIP GROUPS AMONG HOMELESS PEOPLE: New evidence of the impact on criminal behaviour

Homeless people with good friends are less likely to end up in prison, according to research by Dr Lucia Corno, which is forthcoming in the Economic... More

BIG FALL IN INFANT MORTALITY FROM BETTER AIR QUALITY: Evidence from Turkey’s deployment of a nationwide natural gas infrastructure

The widespread replacement of coal with natural gas as Turkey’s key energy source over the past 25 years has led to much improved air quality – which... More

HOW PERSONAL INCOMES RESPOND TO CHANGING MARGINAL TAX RATES: New evidence

Research by Dr Sarah Burns and Professor James Ziliak provides new evidence that how personal incomes respond to changes in tax policy is much larger... More

RESOURCE BOOMS CAN BENEFIT THE WIDER ECONOMY: Evidence from mineral-abundant Australia and oil-rich Norway

A natural resource boom in a country can have positive effects on non-resource industries, according to research by Hilde C. Bjørnland and Leif Anders... More

September 2016

PRODUCTIVITY AND PAY: New evidence from Sweden on how workers earn higher wages

Workers’ wages are three times more responsive to changes in productivity shared across the industry in which their employer operates than to... More

EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION LEGISLATION: Evidence from Italy of the potential damage to productivity

Legislation aimed at protecting employees can have a damaging impact on firms’ productivity, according to research by Giovanni Pica and colleagues,... More

TRUST GAMES: Experimental evidence of how we feel about cheating

Nearly a third of people have a stringent notion of what constitutes cheating, which can reduce trust since they are more likely to expect to be... More

DRAFTING CONTRACTS, LAWS AND CONSTITUTIONS: The benefits of simplicity and vagueness

Analysing why some of America’s founding fathers opposed the inclusion of the Bill of Rights in the Constitution helps to explain why many modern-day... More

WHEN INDUSTRIAL POLICY HARMS EXPORT PERFORMANCE: Evidence from the world steel industry

The use of industrial policies to support a country’s steel sector has damaging effects on the export competitiveness of downstream manufacturing... More

August 2016

BARGAINING BY CONSUMERS LEADS TO HIGHER PRICES AND FACILITATES COLLUSION AMONG SELLERS: New analysis of the economics of pricing

BARGAINING BY CONSUMERS LEADS TO HIGHER PRICES AND FACILITATES COLLUSION AMONG SELLERS: New analysis of the economics of pricing The more that buyers... More

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