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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

EXPERT EVALUATORS FAVOURING THEIR COMPATRIOTS: Evidence from dressage competitions

The equestrian sport of dressage is the only Olympic competition in which men and women compete as equals with the outcomes determined by subjective... More

PEOPLE MAY BE OVERPAYING FOR LEASE EXTENSIONS IN THE UK: Evidence from London

People may be paying too high a price to extend the leases on their homes according to new research from the London School of Economics and Political... More

THE ‘WITCH CRAZE’ OF 16th & 17th CENTURY EUROPE: Economists uncover religious competition as driving force of witch hunts

Economists Peter Leeson and Jacob Russ of George Mason University have uncovered new evidence to resolve the longstanding puzzle posed by the ‘witch... More

LABOUR MARKET EFFECTS OF INTERNAL MIGRATION: Evidence from Indonesia

People who relocate within Indonesia are typically more educated and more likely to be employed in higher-paid and secure jobs than those who stay... More

MARRIAGE AS INSURANCE: How our degree of risk aversion influences whom we marry

New research uses the economics of insurance to help understand who marries whom. The study by Johannes Gierlinger and Sarolta Laczó, published in the... More

August 2018

PAYING FOR LUCK: New evidence on the performance and compensation of corporate bosses

Chief executive officers (CEOs) are often rewarded for aspects of their firms’ performance that are outside their control but which are influenced by... More

THE IMPACT OF ADVERTISING ON CONSUMPTION: New aggregate evidence

Because of advertising, people work more to consume more. According to research by Benedetto Molinari and Francesco Turino, published in the August... More

TRUSTING FORMER REBELS: Experimental evidence from forced combatants in Uganda’s civil war

Former child soldiers in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), especially those who were abducted at 14 years of age or younger, are more trustworthy and... More

GETTING MORE WOMEN INTO POLITICS: Evidence from elections in India

Does the electoral success of women in India encourage others to follow in their footsteps? Not according to research by Sonia Bhalotra, Irma... More

HOW TO ADVANCE YOUR CAREER IN THE CORPORATE WORLD: Economic evidence from Denmark

Moving frequently from job to job, ideally within the same company, is the best way to make progress up the corporate career ladder, according to... More

UNCHANGING OPINIONS: New evidence that people tend to hold on to biased beliefs even if new information proves them wrong

Once people are committed to an opinion, they are very reluctant to incorporate new information that challenges their views. A desire for consistency... More

FIRMS’ RESPONSES TO FISCAL STIMULUS: Evidence from Italy during the credit crunch

Tax credits for spending on research and development (R&D) made available by the Italian government after the 2008 credit crunch failed to... More

July 2018

HOW TO MEASURE WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT IN THE HOUSEHOLD: A new approach

How much would a woman be willing to pay when offered a ‘conditional cash transfer’ to her household in order to keep it for herself, rather than... More

INTERGENERATIONAL MOBILITY IN EARLY 20TH CENTURY AMERICA: New evidence from Iowa

The economic outcomes of sons in rural parts of Iowa were less strongly linked to the economic outcomes of their fathers than their peers in the... More

THE OPENNESS-EQUALITY TRADE-OFF: Potential lessons from the Gulf for migration policies in OECD countries

At a time when fights over migration are dividing rich countries and fracturing their politics, a study published in the July 2018 issue of the... More

BACK TO BENEFIT-BASED TAXATION: Giving taxpayers value for what they pay

Economists need to get back to the historically prominent and commonsensical principle that taxes should be based – at least in part – on how much... More

PUTTING THE VALUE OF FREEDOM INTO ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

One way of valuing freedom of expression is to say that a free market for ideas will lead to the truth, which is essential for selecting wise... More

INTERGENERATIONAL TRANSMISSION OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS: There is no simple law of mobility

High profile claims that social mobility across centuries and across countries is low and immutable are not supported by the evidence, according to... More

MIGRANT NETWORKS BOOST TRADE: Evidence from the Vietnamese Boat People

Following the 1994 lifting of US trade sanctions against Vietnam, the share of US exports going to its former enemy was higher and more diversified in... More

INFORMAL INSURANCE IN POOR COUNTRIES: Evidence from Malawi of the downside of having a big extended family

Larger informal insurance groups need not provide better insurance in low-income settings. That is the conclusion of a study by Emla Fitzsimons, Bansi... More

MEASURING EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY: New evidence

A policy that improves equality in one generation, perhaps by providing education subsidies, may do little to nothing for the equality of the next... More

GRANDFATHERS MATTER: New evidence of low intergenerational mobility in Britain and the United States

The impact of family background on our life outcomes could be far more powerful than we think, according to research by Joseph Ferrie and Jason Long,... More

INNOVATION BY CROSS-BORDER TEAMS: Evidence on global collaborative patents

Innovation by big American firms is increasingly being done by cross-national teams – and much of this work is highly productive, according to... More

THE IMPACT OF REMITTANCES ON GROWTH AND POVERTY: New evidence

The recent surge in remittances from migrant workers to their native countries may be overestimated, according to research by Michael Clemens and... More

WEALTH INEQUALITY IN CHILDHOOD AND BEYOND: New Danish evidence

Even in famously egalitarian Denmark, there are people who enter adulthood with substantial wealth amassed from transfers throughout childhood. What’s... More

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