Media Briefings

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

‘FEEBATES’: How to design tax incentives to reduce vehicle emissions without losing government revenues

Market-based schemes to encourage consumers to switch to cars with lower carbon emissions need to be carefully designed if they are to generate... More

TAX INCENTIVES FOR LOW EMISSION CARS: Evidence of their environmental impact from France’s Bonus/Malus scheme

A French government scheme to encourage the purchase of less environmentally damaging cars succeeded in getting consumers to switch to greener... More

IMPATIENT ADOLESCENTS DO WORSE LATER IN LIFE

People who were impatient during their adolescence do less well at school and in the labour market; they are also more likely to suffer from ill... More

CENTRAL BANKS’ REPORTS AND SPEECHES ON FINANCIAL STABILITY

CENTRAL BANKS’ REPORTS AND SPEECHES ON FINANCIAL STABILITY: New evidence of the impact on markets Central banks’ communications about financial... More

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF CULTURAL CLOSENESS

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF CULTURAL CLOSENESS: Evidence from cross-border banking in Europe Cultural closeness between Austria and its East European... More

August 2014

ECONOMIC MODELS AS ANALOGIES

Much of modern economic theory is concerned with generating insightful analogies about the way the world works rather than accurate rules. That is the... More

‘LOW EMISSION ZONES’: Incentives to switch to green vehicles produce big health benefits

‘Low emission zones’ (LEZs) in major cities like London and Berlin can reduce life-threatening air pollution dramatically by encouraging drivers to... More

MANAGEMENT AND UNIVERSITY PERFORMANCE: Good practices have a big impact on research and teaching outcomes

There are big differences in management practices in UK universities, notably in how well they manage the recruitment, retention and promotion of... More

SWEDEN’S ‘GREEN CAR REBATE’: The impact on the environment and the market for new cars

An environmental policy in Sweden aimed at buyers and manufacturers of new cars reduced the market share of Swedish and German firms producing... More

June 2014

PRICE DISCRIMINATION BY BIG MANUFACTURERS

PRICE DISCRIMINATION BY BIG MANUFACTURERS: New analysis supports its prohibition by European competition law The European Union’s (EU) prohibition of... More

WATER AND SEWERAGE OPERATORS IN ENGLAND AND WALES

WATER AND SEWERAGE OPERATORS IN ENGLAND AND WALES: Internal competition hampers efficiency An unbundling of the water and sewerage divisions of water... More

POTENTIAL ECONOMIC GAINS FROM MAKING IT EASIER TO START A BUSINESS

POTENTIAL ECONOMIC GAINS FROM MAKING IT EASIER TO START A BUSINESS: New evidence from Portugal Reforms in Portugal a decade ago that made it much... More

AUDIT THREAT IMPROVES PERFORMANCE OF PUBLICLY FUNDED ORGANISATIONS

AUDIT THREAT IMPROVES PERFORMANCE OF PUBLICLY FUNDED ORGANISATIONS: Evidence from Sweden’s foreign aid agency Non-profit organisations that manage... More

May 2014

FAMILY LIVING STANDARDS: New research on income dynamics and life-cycle inequality

What made the recent ‘great’ recession so damaging to living standards was an ‘unholy alliance’ of adverse shocks to people’s savings and to their... More

DRINKING DURING PREGNANCY

DRINKING DURING PREGNANCY: New genetics-based evidence of the damage to children’s educational outcomes Being exposed to alcohol during pregnancy... More

HARSHER SENTENCES AFTER LONDON RIOTS LED TO FALL IN CRIME

Rioters convicted after the London riots of 2011 were given much harsher sentences than were previously standard for such crimes. According to... More

BENEFITS GIVE THE UNEMPLOYED TIME TO FIND THE MOST SUITABLE JOBS

BENEFITS GIVE THE UNEMPLOYED TIME TO FIND THE MOST SUITABLE JOBS: Evidence from Norway Unemployment benefits can address the failures of credit... More

THE GREAT BRITISH JOBS AND PRODUCTIVITY MYSTERY

Unemployment typically rises when national output falls – so why has the UK’s labour market held up better than before following the most recent... More

ENHANCED EFFECTIVENESS OF UK MONETARY POLICY: New evidence

UK monetary policy has become more effective since the Bank of England was given its inflation targeting mandate, according to research by Colin... More

QUANTITATIVE EASING: New evidence of the impact on bond yields

New Bank of England research adds further weight to the view that central bank asset purchases (‘quantitative easing’ or QE) can affect government and... More

ANALYSING TAXES AND PUBLIC SPENDING

ANALYSING TAXES AND PUBLIC SPENDING: Time for economists to abandon their pejorative language The anti-tax rhetoric evident in much lay discussion of... More

REDUCING GLOBAL WAGE INEQUALITY: Rebalancing world trade is key

Large trade surpluses in developing countries lead to higher wage inequality in both poor and rich countries, which suggests that the way to alleviate... More

ATTITUDES TO RISK

ATTITUDES TO RISK: Experimental evidence that we’re not easily divided into risk-takers and risk-averse Any of us may be risk-taking in some... More

ECONOMIC DECISION-MAKING BY POOR HOUSEHOLDS

ECONOMIC DECISION-MAKING BY POOR HOUSEHOLDS: Evidence from Nicaragua of how choices are strongly influenced by interactions with local leaders Social... More

April 2014

MAFIA PRESENCE REDUCES THE QUALITY OF LOCAL POLITICIANS: Evidence from Italy

The dissolution of a local government in Italy due to mafia infiltration is followed by a significant upward shift in the educational level of local... More

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