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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

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

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

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

EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS: The impact on cross-border shopping and commuting

Soaring franc causes Swiss shoppers to pop across to Italy each morning – while Italian workers head in the other direction A strong franc increased... More

THE EFFECTS OF REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS: Forecasts may be underestimating productivity benefits

Modern techniques for evaluating the impact of regional trade agreements like the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)... More

January 2018

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

JUDGES AND THE DEATH PENALTY IN NAZI GERMANY: New research evidence on judicial discretion in authoritarian states

Do judicial courts in authoritarian regimes act as puppets for the interests of a repressive state – or do judges act with greater independence? How... More

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: A North-South perspective on patent protection and compulsory licensing

How can developing countries get access to patented pharmaceuticals and other products at reasonable prices if they are required under World Trade... More

SHIFTING THE TAX BURDEN ONTO FUTURE GENERATIONS: New study of the political economy of deficit bias and immigration

In societies where the share of immigrants and their descendants is growing rapidly, governments will increasingly rely on debt rather than current... More

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 MALARIA ON EARLY AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT: Evidence from the sickle cell trait

While malaria historically claimed millions of African lives, it did not hold back the continent’s economic development. That is one of the findings... More

REDUCING VIOLENT CRIME LINKED TO DRUGS

New evidence of the powerful impact of US medical marijuana laws Medical marijuana laws reduce violent crime in US counties on the Mexican border,... 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... More

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