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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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Featured Media Briefings

LOW-SKILLED WORKERS COULD BENEFIT FROM EXCHANGE RATE DEPRECIATION: Evidence from Swiss manufacturing firms

Low-skilled workers can profit from a fall in the exchange rate, according to research by Boris Kaiser and Michael Siegenthaler, published in the May... More

PERSONALITY TRAITS AND WORKPLACE PRODUCTIVITY: Evidence from a laboratory experiment

Personality traits such as conscientiousness and neuroticism are significantly related to workers’ productivity, according to research by Ana... More

PRIMARY EDUCATION IN ENGLAND: New evidence that many schools could make much more effective use of their resources

PRIMARY EDUCATION IN ENGLAND: New evidence that many schools could make much more effective use of their resources There is considerable scope for... More

APP-TENTION SEEKING: Trivial updates can boost downloads

Developers of mobile applications use trivial updates to bring more attention to their products. That is the main finding of research by Stefano... More

THE IMPACT OF GENDER STEREOTYPES ON BEHAVIOUR: Experimental evidence from a ‘beauty contest’ game

Gender stereotypes can influence men and women’s behaviour to be more competitive or empathic. That is the central finding of experimental research by... More

May 2016

LIMITED HUMAN ATTENTION DRIVES RISKIER BEHAVIOUR: Evidence from World Cup alpine skiing

People typically focus on the left-most digit of a number and pay only partial attention to other digits – and in World Cup alpine ski events, this... More

FINANCIAL MARKETS ARE MORE FORWARD-LOOKING THAN WE THOUGHT: New evidence from their behaviour around Fed policy decisions

Financial markets use Federal Reserve communications and macroeconomic indicators to adjust their behaviour much further in advance of the Fed’s... More

DO TAXES AFFECT HOW MUCH WE WORK?

How does labour supply respond to changes in wages and taxation? In his Sargan lecture to the Royal Economic Society, which is now published in the... More

ECONOMICS AND THE FAMILY: A happy marriage

What is family economics and how is it useful? Professor Pierre-Andre Chiappori gives his answer in this Royal Economic Society (RES) short film... More

FREE PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION: Evidence of the impact on child outcomes in primary school

The introduction of free part-time pre-school places for three year olds in England in the early 2000s led to small improvements in the children’s... More

CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF PERSISTENTLY LOW INTEREST RATES

Interest rates are at historic lows in advanced nations around the world and markets expect them to stay low for years. In his presidential address to... More

March 2016

WOMEN, WAGES AND HOUSEWORK: How closing the gender pay gap splits chores more evenly

Eliminating the gender gap in wages would lead to married women doing much less housework. That is one of the findings of research by Alexandros... More

LABOUR VERSUS LEISURE: How cultural tastes shape national rates of employment

Roughly a quarter of the difference between Germany and Spain’s employment rates is the result of different preferences for working in the two... More

UK PRODUCTIVITY: The impact of lost jobs

Involuntary job separations (firings or redundancies) can explain more than a quarter of the UK's productivity puzzle, according to research by... More

LONGER OPENING HOURS LEAD TO HEAVIER DRINKING AND SEVERE HEALTH DAMAGE

Increased alcohol availability in England has led to increased heavy drinking and, as a consequence, poorer physical and mental health outcomes for... More

FIRSTBORNS PERFORM BETTER IN SCHOOL – But they’re less healthy at birth than their younger siblings

Firstborns do better at school than their younger siblings but are less healthy when they are born. That is the central finding of research by Ramona... More

EAST SIDE STORY: How historic pollution drove – and still drives – urban segregation

Eastern neighbourhoods of old cities in North America and Western Europe – New York, London and Paris, for example – are notably poorer than Western... More

LIFELONG DAMAGE FROM FOETAL EXPOSURE TO AIR POLLUTION: Evidence from the Great London Smog

Being exposed to severe air pollution in utero not only causes childhood ill health but also means people are less likely to have A levels or a degree... More

MILITARY SERVICE ENCOURAGES MEN TO CONTINUE IN EDUCATION: Evidence from Turkey

Exempting men from military service takes away an incentive for them to continue their studies. This is the main finding of research by Huzeyfe Torun... More

THE IMPACT OF EDUCATION POLICIES ON TEENAGE PREGNANCIES

Education policies, such as the Easter Leaving Rule or the expansion in post-compulsory schooling do not lead to a reduction in the probability of... More

ECONOMICS OF MUSIC CHART TOPPERS: Growing concentration and less variety of songs

The music industry is becoming more and more concentrated on a few ‘superstar’ songs, which in turn get far more of the advertising budget. That is... More

LOAN LIMITS HURT UK WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

Being unable to get business loans is a big barrier to women in Britain becoming entrepreneurs. Single women, in particular, struggle to access funds... More

HOME DELIVERY: Evidence from Bologna on how pizza vendors respond to increased demand when it’s raining

Don’t worry if it’s raining, you’re at home and you want a pizza delivered: no matter how many orders pizza vendors have accepted during the day, you... More

LAST-DITCH ELECTION PROMISES WIN VOTERS: Evidence from Italy

Last-minute electoral announcements promising tax breaks can successfully alter the voting behaviour of those who would benefit from the policy... More

FRAGMENTATION IN THE EUROZONE CORPORATE BOND MARKET

New research presents a novel measure of financial fragmentation along national borders for the euro area’s corporate bond market. The study by Andrea... More

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