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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

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

July 2016

FINANCIAL LITERACY DOES NOT SPREAD EASILY: Evidence from rural Rwanda

FINANCIAL LITERACY DOES NOT SPREAD EASILY: Evidence from rural Rwanda Training people in financial literacy can have a positive impact on their... More

MEDIA WARS: Why pay TV operators and online platforms often prefer exclusive content – and why consumers don’t necessarily lose out

MEDIA WARS: Why pay TV operators and online platforms often prefer exclusive content – and why consumers don’t necessarily lose out New research... More

FAVOURITISM VERSUS DISCRIMINATION: Experimental evidence from exam grading at a Dutch university

FAVOURITISM VERSUS DISCRIMINATION: Experimental evidence from exam grading at a Dutch university Exam grades at a Dutch university suggest unconscious... More

EXPLAINING ITALY’S NORTH-SOUTH DIVIDE: Experimental evidence of large differences in social norms of cooperation

EXPLAINING ITALY’S NORTH-SOUTH DIVIDE: Experimental evidence of large differences in social norms of cooperation Regional economic differences within... More

WORKPLACE DEMOCRACY DELIVERS GREATER EQUALITY BUT NOT FOR FREE

WORKPLACE DEMOCRACY DELIVERS GREATER EQUALITY BUT NOT FOR FREE Worker-managed firms have a more egalitarian compensation structure than conventional... More

FULL DISCLOSURE? New research of how best to organise contests

FULL DISCLOSURE? New research of how best to organise contests R&D, political campaigns, science competitions, job promotions and lobbying are... More

MEDIA WARS: Why pay TV operators and online platforms often prefer exclusive content – and why consumers don’t necessarily lose out

MEDIA WARS: Why pay TV operators and online platforms often prefer exclusive content – and why consumers don’t necessarily lose out New research... More

MEDIA EXPOSURE OF SUSPECTS HELPS TO SOLVE CRIMES: Evidence from a Dutch crime-watch TV programme

MEDIA EXPOSURE OF SUSPECTS HELPS TO SOLVE CRIMES: Evidence from a Dutch crime-watch TV programme The media can be an effective tool for tracking down... More

TWO-WAY CAPITAL FLOWS BETWEEN CHINA AND THE UNITED STATES: New evidence of the impact of China’s underdeveloped financial markets

TWO-WAY CAPITAL FLOWS BETWEEN CHINA AND THE UNITED STATES: New evidence of the impact of China’s underdeveloped financial markets Underdeveloped... More

PRIMARY SEASON BOOSTS STATE ECONOMIES: Evidence from US presidential campaigns from 1974 to 2008

PRIMARY SEASON BOOSTS STATE ECONOMIES: Evidence from US presidential campaigns from 1974 to 2008 US presidential campaigns may be long and drawn out,... More

EMIGRATION OPPORTUNITIES BOOST DEMAND FOR EDUCATION IN POOR COUNTRIES: Evidence from Gurkha boys aspiring to join the British army

EMIGRATION OPPORTUNITIES BOOST DEMAND FOR EDUCATION IN POOR COUNTRIES: Evidence from Gurkha boys aspiring to join the British army The opportunity for... More

HEALTH INSURANCE: Why healthy people have high coverage and those most at risk don’t

HEALTH INSURANCE: Why healthy people have high coverage and those most at risk don’t A serious problem in countries with private health insurance is... More

FOR LOVE OR REWARD? Experimental evidence on the economics of gift-giving to parents by their adult children

FOR LOVE OR REWARD? Experimental evidence on the economics of gift-giving to parents by their adult children Gifts to elderly parents from their adult... More

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

EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION LEGISLATION: Evidence from Italy of the potential damage to productivity Legislation aimed at protecting employees can have a... More

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