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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

INEQUALITY AND ECONOMICS: Tony Atkinson’s enduring lessons

Sir Tony Atkinson, the doyen of inequality economics and former president of the Royal Economic Society, passed away in January 2017. Andrea... More

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

March 2017

MAINTAINING ORGANISATIONAL PERFORMANCE IN TIMES OF GROWTH: New experimental evidence and lessons for firms and countries

New experimental research finds that it is possible for organisations to increase their size while maintaining performance even when new members come... More

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 crime suspects, according to research by Dinand Webbink, Judith van Erp and Froukje van Gastel,... More

REAL WAGES IN GERMANY: New evidence of considerable flexibility in response to changing economic conditions

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the real wages of workers in Germany are responsive to the business cycle, according to research by Heiko Stüber,... More

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

The opportunity for Gurkha boys in Nepal to join the British Army has a big positive effect on their rates of school enrolment and completion – and... More

THE IMPACT OF CLINICAL QUALITY ON PEOPLE’S CHOICE OF FAMILY DOCTOR: New evidence for England

Reported clinical quality plays an important role in determining which family doctor practice people in England choose. That is the central finding of... More

GETTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK FROM SICK LEAVE: Evidence from Sweden that early interventions are counterproductive

Early interventions to provide vocational rehabilitation for people on sick leave actually prolong the time they spend away from work. They also... 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

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

February 2017

ROYAL ECONOMIC SOCIETY APPOINTS LEIGHTON CHIPPERFIELD AS ITS FIRST CHIEF EXECUTIVE

For immediate release, Monday 27 February 2017 The Royal Economic Society (RES) is one of the oldest and most prestigious economic associations in the... More

January 2017

MISERY OF WORK SECOND ONLY TO ILLNESS: UK evidence

British people are at their least happy while at work – except when they are sick in bed – according to a study published in the February 2017 issue... More

WELFARE SPENDING DOESN’T ‘CROWD OUT’ CHARITABLE WORK: Historical evidence from England under the Poor Laws

Cutting the welfare budget is unlikely to lead to an increase in private voluntary work and charitable giving, according to research by Nina... More

TAKING ADVANTAGE OF UNINFORMED CONSUMERS: Evidence from 400 undercover taxi rides in Athens

If a taxi driver in an unfamiliar city knows that someone else is covering your fare, they are much more likely to charge you a higher price than is... More

FRANCE’S NINETEENTH CENTURY WINE CRISIS: The impact on crime rates

The phylloxera crisis in nineteenth century France destroyed 40% of the country’s vineyards, devastating local economies. According to research by... More

TOWER OF BABEL: New research shows how and why we’re still a long way from everyone speaking the same language

Nearly a third of the world’s 6,000 plus distinct languages have more than 35,000 speakers. But despite the big communications advantages of a few... More

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

Underdeveloped financial markets and rapid economic growth are the most important forces driving China's massive outflows of financial capital and... 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

INCREASED SCHOOL RESOURCES BOOST EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES OF LOWER-ABILITY PUPILS: Evidence from the Netherlands

Giving schools more resources – without putting specific restrictions on how they are spent – can have a positive impact on pupil outcomes. That is... More

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 that some people get under-insured or have no insurance at all. This under-insurance... 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

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