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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

January 2017

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

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 children are often motivated by the latter’s expectations of what they may receive in return. That is the... More

WHY MARKETS FOR HOUSES ARE MORE SEASONAL THAN MARKETS FOR APARTMENTS: Evidence from Norway

Differences in the process of matching buyers to properties in the markets for houses and apartments lead to significant differences in the... More

A LANDSCAPE THAT COLUMBUS WOULD RECOGNISE: New research explores whether today’s patterns of wealth and poverty were already determined by 1492

Efforts to change the geography of economic activity face centuries-old forces working against them, according to research by economists William... More

WIDENING CORPORATE BOND SPREADS ARE A GOOD EARLY WARNING OF RECESSION: New evidence for European economies

New research finds that corporate bond spreads – the difference in yields between a risky corporate bond and a low-risk government bond – have... More

DISCOUNTED TUITION FEES CAN REDUCE CLASS ATTENDANCE: Evidence of the ‘sunk-cost effect’ among Dutch university students

University students who received a surprise discount on their fees for voluntary extra-curricular tutorials responded by being less likely to show up... More

THE HIDDEN COSTS OF DOWNSIZING: Experimental evidence of the potential damage to the performance of surviving staff

Firms that lay off staff can see a significant reduction in the performance of their remaining workers, according to an experimental study by Frank... More