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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

The deep roots of Rebellion: Evidence from the Irish Revolution

Census records from 1911 show that 19th-century famine might have inspired descendants to rebel The Great Irish Famine of 1845-1850 may have... More

SOCIAL NETWORKING: More time spent online makes children less happy with their lives

Children who spend more time social networking online feel less happy with a number of different aspects of their lives. That is the key finding of... More

ON THE CAUSES OF BREXIT: How migration from Eastern Europe contributed to the rise of UK Euroscepticism

Migration from Eastern Europe contributed to the growth of UK scepticism about the European Union (EU) as measured by electoral support for the UK... More

UNDERSTANDING THE NEXT HOUSING CRISIS: Housing risk will stabilise affordability if supply cannot, but it might take a price crash

High UK house prices increase the probability of a crash – and it's this factor which may make houses more affordable in the long run, according to... More


Smart kids from outside Italy more likely to be held back at school and pushed into vocational education than natives – but this can be... More

September 2017


Exposure to drought in early life raises the chances that an individual will have a physical disability in later life. That is the central finding of... More


The workhorse model for analysing whether social assistance benefit receipt creates dependence effects is overly simplistic and unreliable for... More

‘ANIMAL SPIRITS’ GENERATE STOCK MARKET FLUCTUATIONS: New analysis and evidence for the US economy

Changes in investors’ expectations that aren’t driven by changes in the economic fundamentals explain 25-30% of the volatility of US stock prices,... More

LABOUR MARKET TAXES: New evidence that it matters whether it’s employers or employees who pay

Psychological mechanisms can lead to different economic outcomes when labour market taxes such as national insurance contributions are levied on... More

FAT TAXES AND THIN SUBSIDIES: New evidence that health and wealth inequalities will rise not fall

Taxes that make unhealthy food more expensive and subsidies that make healthy food more affordable appear to be an attractive way to address growing... More

ECONOMICS OF GRIEF: New evidence of the impact on parents of losing a child

The loss of a child has an immediate effect on almost every aspect of family life – from reducing household income to increasing the likelihood of... More

ALIMONY RIGHTS FOR COHABITING PARTNERS: New evidence of the limits of government intervention in couples’ relationships

Legal reforms to protect weaker partners in cohabitation relationships that end in separation seem to bring little benefit for people in partnerships... More

PRE-REFORMATION ROOTS OF THE PROTESTANT ETHIC: Evidence of a nine centuries old belief in the virtues of hard work stimulating economic growth

Max Weber’s well-known conception of the ‘Protestant ethic’ was not uniquely Protestant: according to research published in the September 2017 issue... More

WHERE TOP SCIENCE GETS DONE: UK evidence of the impact of big research infrastructure facilities on local scientific output

Big scientific research facilities like the UK’s Diamond Light Source benefit scientists in their direct geographical proximity significantly more... More

August 2017

THE BENEFITS OF RISKY SCIENCE: No news can be good news for scientific progress

Research by Professor Michael Mandler argues that scientific progress can accelerate when scientists are less than fully informed about the advances... More

ATTRACTING HIGH-PAYING JOBS TO A LOCAL ECONOMY BOOST WAGES FOR EVERYONE: New evidence from Germany of the potential of industrial policy

Attracting a high-paying industry to a region leads to higher wages across all industries in the local economy. That is the central message of... More

WAGE INEQUALITY IN SPAIN: New evidence of the impact of boom and bust in the housing market

Rises and falls in the demand for construction workers have had a big impact on earnings inequality in Spain, according to new research by Stéphane... More


Differences in the structure of social networks can have significant implications for people’s accumulation of human capital for themselves and their... More


Differences in the structure of social networks can have significant implications for people’s accumulation of human capital for themselves and their... More

MIDDLE CLASS ACTIVISM: Why it’s rarely the most disadvantaged who drive political change

It is a longstanding puzzle that the middle classes rather than the poor typically cause political ferment and spearhead mass movements against the... More

DISCRIMINATION IN THE LABOUR MARKET: The curse of competition between workers from different groups

Discrimination by employers against particular groups of workers, whether based on gender, ethnicity or some other characteristic, becomes more... More

SELECTIVE SCHOOL SYSTEMS: Evidence from Germany and implications for the UK debate about grammar schools

Germany has a seemingly rigorous selective education system that ‘tracks’ children into three different school types based on ability at the age of... More

ANNUITIES LESS ATTRACTIVE IN CASE OF POTENTIAL HEALTH COSTS: New evidence on how to allocate pension wealth on retirement

Many people at or nearing retirement require much better advice on what to do with their pension savings. In many countries, they need to think... More

INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT IN AFRICA: Lessons from colonial times for today’s big network modernisation projects

Colonial investments in rail infrastructure transformed Africa’s economic geography, according to research by Rémi Jedwab, Edward Kerby and Alexander... More

CHRONICLE OF A WAR FORETOLD: Macroeconomic effects of spending announcements on defence

Announced changes in US public spending on defence have a significant impact on the economic behaviour of firms and households, according to research... More

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