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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

July 2018

HOW MICROSCOPES CAN IMPROVE HYGIENE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: Evidence from rural Pakistan

Showing people germs under a microscope before teaching them about hand washing and other good health practices improves hygiene. That is the central... More

BOOSTING PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH VIA IMMIGRATION: New evidence of the impact of migrants as drivers of knowledge diffusion

International migration, particularly of skilled people, is an important influence on the diffusion of knowledge across national borders, promoting... More

ALL ROADS LEAD TO AMERICA: New evidence on transit migration

Blocking direct migration from developing countries to high-income countries, such as the United States, might have many unintended and unforeseen... More

HOW WEALTH IS TRANSMITTED ACROSS GENERATIONS: Evidence from Sweden

Inheritances play a more important role than education and income in the transmission of wealth between parents and children: it accounts for half of... More

June 2018

LOTTERY WINNERS CUT THEIR WORKING HOURS BUT DON’T LEAVE EMPLOYMENT: New evidence from the Netherlands

People who win big prizes in the lottery tend to work fewer hours but they don’t withdraw completely from the labour market. These are the central... More

IMPACT OF LIFTING ALCOHOL RESTRICTIONS ON VIOLENT CRIME: Evidence from Kansas

Lifting or loosening restrictions on alcohol sales could lead to substantial increases in violent crime, according to research by Daniel Rees,... More

BETTER AS A BIG FISH IN A SMALL POND OR A SMALL FISH IN A BIG POND?

Competing with colleagues for a promotion is just one of the many contests at the heart of modern life – and according to new research, changing the... More

TOWARDS EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY: New economic analysis

Any social arrangement in which just one person has no opportunities is the worst possible outcome. That is one of the conclusions of research by... More

THE ZERO LOWER BOUND: New evidence of its impact on uncertainty and economic activity

It is well known that the zero lower bound (ZLB) on the short-term nominal interest rate can have undesirable effects on the economy. New research by... More

THE POWER OF INDIRECT RECIPROCITY: Evidence from a natural field experiment on what drives human kindness in everyday interactions

We are twice as likely to cooperate and act generously towards strangers if we ourselves have been helped in a similar way. What’s more, it doesn’t... More

THE IMPACT OF VOTING RIGHTS ON FINANCIAL SYSTEMS: Evidence from two centuries of suffrage reforms in 18 countries

Extending voting rights to broader segments of the population has a significant impact on the way that countries finance their economies. That is the... More

GAMBLING REGULATIONS: New analysis of the impossibility of protecting risk‐takers

Is it possible to regulate gambling without significantly restricting other sales mechanisms such as auctions? Not according to research by Toomas... More

SERIOUS HEALTH THREATS FROM POOR SANITATION: Evidence on anaemia in Nepal

The disease of anaemia, which has been widely thought of as largely arising from poor nutrition in developing countries, turns out to be shaped by... More

THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT: Impact on local economies

The cost of creating each new job through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was approximately $53,000, according to research by Bill Dupor... More

May 2018

SAVING LIVES THROUGH GUN PURCHASE WAITING PERIODS: New evidence

Gun purchase waiting periods don't stop mass shootings but they can save hundreds of lives a year – maybe thousands – that suicide would have ended.... More

DEMAND FOR MEDICAL CARE: Evidence of the impact of ‘reference health’

How much medical care people choose to consume is influenced not just by their current health but also by the level of health to which they become... More

AMERICANS PICK LONGER COMMUTES OVER HIGHER TAXES: New evidence

US households are willing to accept longer commutes to work in exchange for lower state income taxes, according to research by David Agrawal and... More

CHOICE OF UNIVERSITY SUBJECT & LATER LIFE OUTCOMES: Italian evidence

In classes where there is a majority of boys, relatively low-achieving male school students are more likely to choose to study economics, business or... More

ACCESS TO CITIZENSHIP PROMOTES IMMIGRANTS’ ECONOMIC ASSIMILATION

Reforms in Germany that allowed some immigrants to naturalise up to eight years faster than others boosted their economic and social assimilation.... More

EFFECTS OF COAL-BASED AIR POLLUTION ON MORTALITY RATES: New evidence from nineteenth century Britain

Industrialised cities in mid-nineteenth century Britain probably suffered from similar levels of air pollution as urban centres in China and India do... More

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