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

TOO CLOSE COLLABORATION BETWEEN STUDENTS REDUCES OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Classroom evidence on the effects of social interactions

University students who go to many of the same classes will help each other when one of them is off sick or otherwise distracted from their studies.... More

IMMIGRATION BOOSTS THE PAY OF LESS EDUCATED NATIVES; EMIGRATION DOES THE OPPOSITE

Governments in rich countries should worry less about immigration and more about the potential consequences for job creation and less-skilled workers... More

CONSUMER BENEFITS FROM EUROPEAN MOBILE TELECOMS REGULATION

European telecoms regulations to reduce the cost of calls on mobile networks have improved both industry efficiency and consumer wellbeing. But while... More

PRESERVING CULTURAL DIVERSITY IS BEST DONE BY COMPETITION NOT PROTECTIONISM: New analysis of parents, TV and cultural change

An unregulated TV industry is not a threat to cultural diversity as long as there are plenty of competing channels and programme-makers. That is the... 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

September 2014

EMPLOYERS COMPENSATE THEIR STAFF FOR HIGHER COSTS OF COMMUTING: Evidence from Denmark

When a firm relocates, employees who face longer commuting times are more likely to receive a wage increase. That is the central finding of research... More

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS? New evidence on social links and economic outcomes

How should researchers investigate the true role of people’s self-reported social links in getting a job, getting a favour or simply getting... More

ELECTRICITY PRICES: Experimental evidence of the impact of ‘pivotal suppliers’

Average prices for electricity are higher when there are ‘pivotal suppliers’, whose control of significant shares of overall capacity gives them... More

UNIONS: New analysis of their impact on efficiency and employment

Unions have only a moderate impact on aggregate unemployment, according to research by Christian Bauer and Joerg Lingens, published in the September... 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

‘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

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

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

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

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