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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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Featured Media Briefings

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

LOW-SKILLED WORKERS COULD BENEFIT FROM EXCHANGE RATE DEPRECIATION: Evidence from Swiss manufacturing firms

Low-skilled workers can profit from a fall in the exchange rate, according to research by Boris Kaiser and Michael Siegenthaler, published in the May... More

PERSONALITY TRAITS AND WORKPLACE PRODUCTIVITY: Evidence from a laboratory experiment

Personality traits such as conscientiousness and neuroticism are significantly related to workers’ productivity, according to research by Ana... More

PRIMARY EDUCATION IN ENGLAND: New evidence that many schools could make much more effective use of their resources

PRIMARY EDUCATION IN ENGLAND: New evidence that many schools could make much more effective use of their resources There is considerable scope for... More

APP-TENTION SEEKING: Trivial updates can boost downloads

Developers of mobile applications use trivial updates to bring more attention to their products. That is the main finding of research by Stefano... More

June 2016

CLASSROOMS THAT MIX AGE GROUPS HAVE MIXED RESULTS: Evidence from Norway of pupil achievement in ‘combination classes’

Children can benefit from being in classrooms that mix pupils from different age groups, but it depends crucially on the balance of lower and higher... More

CRIME’S BIG IMPACT ON LOCAL RESIDENTS’ MENTAL HEALTH

Living in parts of the UK where crime is rising causes considerable mental distress for residents, leading to anxiety and depression. A 20% increase... More

THE CAR ENGINE IMMOBILISER: Benefits of mandatory anti-theft device greatly exceed costs

Car theft rates have declined spectacularly as a result of the electronic engine immobiliser, an anti-theft device that the European Union (EU) made... More

THE NEED FOR ENEMIES: Why politicians seeking re-election might never quite complete their key task

History is littered with politicians elected ‘to get the job done’ who are then removed from office once they have delivered: think of Britain’s... More

INVESTING IN EDUCATION PROMOTES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CENTURIES LATER: Evidence from a fourteenth century Dutch initiative

A fourteenth century educational revolution in the Netherlands gave a great boost to the early development of the Dutch economy, according to a study... More

POLITICAL ENTRENCHMENT: Why parties may adopt policies that hurt the interests of their core voters

There are certain circumstances in which an incumbent political party can increase its chances of re-election by implementing policies that harm its... More

INTERNATIONAL TRADE BENEFITS THE RICH MORE THAN THE POOR

Because high-income consumers spend a relatively larger share of their income on services and manufactured goods, they benefit more from international... More

STUDYING ADVANCED MATHS BOOSTS GIRLS’ CAREER PROSPECTS

Girls shy away from courses in advanced mathematics at school – and this explains a substantial part of the underrepresentation of women in... More

THE UNDESIRABLE ECONOMIC AFTERMATH OF RESOURCE BOOMS: New evidence from the American West

Communities that enjoy well-paid jobs and low unemployment during a natural resources boom need to plan carefully for the serious economic hardships... More

WHEN HIGH INEQUALITY ATTRACTS HIGH-SKILLED IMMIGRANTS: New study of the drivers of brain drain and brain gain

A high level of income inequality potentially makes a country a more attractive destination for high-skilled workers migrating from other countries,... More

CHILDREN AS AN INVESTMENT: New evidence on the links between income, intergenerational transfers and parents’ fertility choices

Because parents can’t legally impose any debt obligations on their children for their upbringing, fertility rates are significantly lower than their... More

SELF-REINFORCING INEQUALITY: Experimental evidence that people’s beliefs about their relative ability limit their upward mobility

Experiencing disadvantage can make escaping disadvantage less likely because it leads people to believe that they are of lower relative ability and... More

ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION: Why we need policies inspired by the ‘polluter pays principle’

Polluters should be taxed for the impact of their pollution on society; and the victims of pollution should be fully compensated for the damages it... More

TRUST AND THE SIZE OF THE WELFARE STATE: A relationship with twin peaks among OECD countries

Large, corrupt and ineffective welfare states can survive in OECD countries, thanks to the support of a majority of people who are not civic-minded.... More

POOR PARENTS FOCUS RESOURCES ON THEIR MOST PROMISING OFFSPRING: Evidence from Tanzania

Parents with limited resources are more likely to invest in children who show signs of higher cognitive function early in life. That is the central... More

BOOKS ARE FOREVER: New cross-European evidence of the impact of childhood conditions on education and lifetime earnings

BOOKS ARE FOREVER: New cross-European evidence of the impact of childhood conditions on education and lifetime earnings Children who grow up around... More

May 2016

LIMITED HUMAN ATTENTION DRIVES RISKIER BEHAVIOUR: Evidence from World Cup alpine skiing

People typically focus on the left-most digit of a number and pay only partial attention to other digits – and in World Cup alpine ski events, this... More

FINANCIAL MARKETS ARE MORE FORWARD-LOOKING THAN WE THOUGHT: New evidence from their behaviour around Fed policy decisions

Financial markets use Federal Reserve communications and macroeconomic indicators to adjust their behaviour much further in advance of the Fed’s... More

DO TAXES AFFECT HOW MUCH WE WORK?

How does labour supply respond to changes in wages and taxation? In his Sargan lecture to the Royal Economic Society, which is now published in the... More

ECONOMICS AND THE FAMILY: A happy marriage

What is family economics and how is it useful? Professor Pierre-Andre Chiappori gives his answer in this Royal Economic Society (RES) short film... More

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