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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

The deep roots of Rebellion: Evidence from the Irish Revolution

Census records from 1911 show that 19th-century famine might have inspired descendants to rebel The Great Irish Famine of 1845-1850 may have... More

SOCIAL NETWORKING: More time spent online makes children less happy with their lives

Children who spend more time social networking online feel less happy with a number of different aspects of their lives. That is the key finding of... More

ON THE CAUSES OF BREXIT: How migration from Eastern Europe contributed to the rise of UK Euroscepticism

Migration from Eastern Europe contributed to the growth of UK scepticism about the European Union (EU) as measured by electoral support for the UK... More

UNDERSTANDING THE NEXT HOUSING CRISIS: Housing risk will stabilise affordability if supply cannot, but it might take a price crash

High UK house prices increase the probability of a crash – and it's this factor which may make houses more affordable in the long run, according to... More

CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN IN ITALY

Smart kids from outside Italy more likely to be held back at school and pushed into vocational education than natives – but this can be... More

June 2017

WHAT FUELS THE BOOM DRIVES THE BUST: Uneven regulation and the US mortgage crisis

Stricter supervision and regulation of independent mortgage lenders could have reduced the severity of the boom-bust cycle in the US housing market,... More

THE IMPACT OF SCHOOL STARTING AGE ON TEENAGE CRIMINALITY: Evidence from Denmark

Children who start school at a younger age are more likely to commit crimes before they reach their early twenties. Parents who enrol their offspring... More

RANDOMISED POLICY EXPERIMENTS: How to avoid biased predictions from how subjects are allocated into treatment and control groups

Even credible and explicit procedures for allocating people into ‘treatment’ and ‘control’ groups in randomised policy experiments do not guarantee an... More

ENDGAME BEHAVIOUR: New evidence of how people act towards others when they know the slate can be wiped clean

A mobile society in which people can sometimes start over with a clean slate need not be fatal to cooperative and trustworthy behaviour. That is the... More

INADEQUATE SAVING: Age dependence of people’s ability to impose ‘self-control’ implies that the young need more government incentives to save for retirement

People’s ability to focus on long-term goals is stronger in later adulthood than earlier in their lives. Moreover, this improvement in ‘self-control’... More

THE ‘CLEANSING EFFECT’ OF RECESSIONS: Average firm productivity is boosted but by less when financial conditions are tight

When an economic downturn is driven by tightening financial conditions, the typical boost to overall productivity that comes from weaker firms closing... More

INCOME INEQUALITY IS LOWER IN SWING SEATS: Evidence from parliamentary elections in India

Constituencies in India where parliamentary elections have been closely fought have lower income inequality and a bigger middle class. That is the... More

LOW-ACHIEVING TEENAGERS: Evidence from France of the potential of low-cost interventions to clarify educational options

A simple programme of meetings facilitated by school principals and targeted at low-achieving 15 year olds can help them to identify educational... More

ECONOMIC ROOTS OF JEWISH PERSECUTIONS IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE

Jewish communities in pre-industrial European societies were more likely to be vulnerable to persecutions during periods of economic hardship. That is... More

FRIENDSHIP GROUPS AMONG HOMELESS PEOPLE: New evidence of the impact on criminal behaviour

Homeless people with good friends are less likely to end up in prison, according to research by Dr Lucia Corno, published in the June 2017 issue of... More

THE INTERGENERATIONAL WELFARE STATE: New thinking on a social compact to encourage greater investment in education

A new social compact can drive higher investments in human capital for the benefit of society as a whole without any generation needing to sacrifice.... More

May 2017

MATCH-FIXING IN SPORT: New insight on how to tackle corrupt bookmaking

One way to stop match-fixing in sport is to make betting legal. But legalisation in itself does not eliminate the incentive or ability to fix a match:... More

THE IMPACT OF INCOME TAX DIFFERENTIALS ON HOUSING COSTS AND HOUSEHOLD RELOCATION DECISIONS: New evidence from Switzerland

New research finds that roughly a third of the annual tax burden that households escape by moving between two neighbouring Swiss municipalities with... More

WEAK PROPERTY RIGHTS CAUSE DEFORESTATION AND CONFLICT IN BRAZIL

Insecure property rights are a major cause of land-related conflict in Brazil and a contributory factor to deforestation in the Amazon. That is the... More

THE IMPACT OF GENDER STEREOTYPES ON BEHAVIOUR: Experimental evidence from a ‘beauty contest’ game

Gender stereotypes can influence men and women’s behaviour to be more competitive or empathic. That is the central finding of experimental research by... More

REDUCING INCOME INEQUALITY WITH TAXES: A double-edged sword

Using tax changes to reduce income inequality is a double-edged sword, according to research by Siddhartha Biswas, Indraneel Chakraborty and Rong Hai,... More

April 2017

WAS KEYNES A ‘KEY PLAYER’? Social network analysis of the Bloomsbury Group

What did social networks look like 100 years ago? Was Keynes a ‘Key Player’ in his own Bloomsbury Group network of intellectuals and artists? In an... More

EUROPE’S BIGGEST ONLINE MARKET FOR USED CARS: Evidence from Germany of ‘price discontinuities’

Participants in Europe’s biggest online market for cars put too much weight on the registration year of a vehicle and partly ignore the valuable... More

BENEFITS OF BEING BILINGUAL: Immigrant kids with two languages perform better in maths and reading by age seven

Bilingual children outperform their monolingual peers in mathematics and writing by the time they reach seven, according to a University of Sydney... More

FASTER INTERNET CONNECTIONS BOOST VOTER TURNOUT: Evidence from a local broadband policy in Italy

A 2013 upgrade of the broadband infrastructure in the province of Trento in Italy led to a significant rise in local voter turnout in the next... More

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