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Featured Media Briefings

COMPETITION PROTECTS NEW PARENTS FROM RIP-OFF PHARMACIES: Italian evidence

Pharmacists in small Italian cities where they are effectively monopolies will jack up the prices of products desperately needed by hard-pressed... More

‘HARMLESS’ CHEATING IN THE LAB LINKED TO MISBEHAVIOUR IN REAL LIFE

Breaking the rules. Almost daily we hear about someone who has cheated to get ahead – students using a study app to get answers for a final exam; two... More

SOCIAL DIVISIONS: India’s caste system as an exemplar of why members of different groups refuse to interact

Social divisions – such as the divisions between ‘tribes’ or ‘clans’ in developing countries, or the divisions between racial or religious groups in... 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

HOW CIVIL CONFLICT DISRUPTS THE ECONOMY: New evidence from the West Bank and Gaza

Conflict in Palestine in the early 2000s had a devastating effect on the economy, largely because local manufacturing firms were unable to get access... More

March 2018

POLITICAL LENDING CYCLES: How banks in Turkey support the ruling party

Governments may use commercial bank lending to support allies and punish opponents in local elections, according to research by Çağatay Bircan and... More

MAKING SURE CHARITABLE DONATIONS ARE PUT TO GOOD USE

For efficient use of foreign aid, it should be provided to developing countries through a mixture of discretionary transfers and structural projects.... More

MEDIEVAL ORIGINS OF SPAIN’S ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY

The frontier of medieval warfare between Christian and Muslim armies in southern Spain provides a surprisingly powerful explanation of current... More

ADVANTAGES OF EMPLOYER-SPONSORED IMMIGRATION: Evidence from Australia

Employer-sponsored immigration schemes are more effective than a points-based system in sending workers to regions where they’re needed most. That is... More

SPEAKING TO THE MASSES ABOUT MONETARY POLICY: New evidence on central bank communications

The UK public’s understanding of monetary policy structures appears to have been largely immune to the Bank of England’s communication revolution:... More

THE EUROPEAN REFUGEE CRISIS AND HOUSE PRICES: UK evidence

The value of lower priced and lower quality housing tends to fall relative to higher priced and higher quality units in response to an increase in... More

SCIENTISTS PENALISED BY MOTHERHOOD: Evidence from Italian universities

Female academics with young children find it more difficult to access research funding and generate attention for their results than their male... More

PAST PROJECT FAILURE IMPROVES WORKERS’ PRODUCTIVITY: Experimental evidence

Hearing about past organisational failure acts as a productivity boost for workers, according to research by Sabrina Jeworrek, Vanessa Mertins and... More

ECONOMIC INCENTIVES AND GENDER IDENTITY: Evidence from Swedish couples

When economic incentives such as tax rates change, the substitutability between the time spent by mothers and fathers in childcare in Sweden is... More

SODA TAXES TARGET THE YOUNG BUT NOT INDIVIDUALS WITH HIGH SUGAR DIETS

A growing number of jurisdictions have adopted taxes on sugary drinks to help combat excessive sugar consumption. New research by Pierre Dubois,... More

GLOBAL INTEGRATION BENEFITS FIRM HEALTH BUT EXACERBATES CRISES

Global integration can be both beneficial and harmful for firms, according to research by Everett Grant and Julieta Yung, to be presented at the Royal... More

GOLD IN THE DUST: The impact of artisanal mines on local living standards

Perhaps as much as 4% of the world’s population depends directly on artisanal mines, which produce about 20% of the minerals we use. And according to... More

TRANSPARENCY OF MONETARY POLICY IN THE POST-CRISIS WORLD

Central banks have continued to pursue greater monetary policy transparency since the global financial crisis, according to research by Nergiz Dincer,... More

TOXIC ROADS: Fatal effects of waste dumping in Ethiopia

Living near newly built roads in Ethiopia is associated with higher rates of infant mortality, according to research by Caterina Gennaioli and Gaia... More

ROLE MODELS: Student exam performance inspired by Queen of Katwe movie

Watching a movie featuring an inspiring role model made it more likely that Ugandan school students would pass their national exams and get into... More

GETTING POOR PEOPLE TO TAKE UP PREVENTIVE HEALTH PRODUCTS

Substantial efforts are devoted to increasing consumption of preventive health products such as mosquito nets and chlorine tablets, including through... More

HOW EUROZONE FISCAL POLICY AFFECTS THE UK – and vice versa

A tax rise or public spending cut in the euro area has sizeable effects on the UK economy; but such ‘fiscal shocks’ in the UK have negligible effects... More

FOREIGN-BORN WORKERS BOOST EXPORTS: Evidence from France

The export performance of French manufacturing firms improves with the employment of immigrant workers, according to research by Léa Marchal and... More

LABOUR INCOME INEQUALITY HURTS GROWTH, CAPITAL INEQUALITY BOOSTS IT

There is a subtle relationship between inequality, redistribution, taxes and growth, according to research by Weijie Luo, to be presented at the Royal... More

GETTING MORE WOMEN INTO POLITICS: Evidence from French mayoral elections

Incumbency is not a barrier to women's entry into politics, according to research by Quentin Lippmann of the Paris School of Economics, to be... More

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