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

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

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

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

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

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

‘AID-FOR-TRADE’ DOES LITTLE TO HELP THE POOREST COUNTRIES

Aid initiatives intended to raise the participation of developing countries in world trade do little for the recipients that need the most help.... More

TAX INCENTIVES BOOST R&D SPENDING BY MEDIUM-SIZED UK FIRMS

Firms that benefitted from a UK tax relief scheme introduced in 2002 increased their spending on research and development (R&D) by 20%. That is... More

THE WINTER FUEL PAYMENT: A simple name change would encourage recipients to save energy

Changing the name of the Winter Fuel Payment (WFP) would make recipient households more likely to invest in renewable energy technologies while still... More

AMNESTIES FOR UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANTS speeds up their integration into the labour market

The possibility of gaining legal status through an immigration amnesty may considerably speed up the labour market integration of newly arrived... More

DEEP POCKETS, EXTREME PREFERENCES

DEEP POCKETS, EXTREME PREFERENCES: Why some interest groups donate more than others to political parties The less mainstream the views of a special... More

PRODUCTIVITY DYNAMICS IN THE GREAT STAGNATION

PRODUCTIVITY DYNAMICS IN THE GREAT STAGNATION: New evidence from UK businesses The major part of the decline in UK productivity growth following the... More

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