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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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Annual Conference Reports/Overviews produced by conference rapporteurs, leading economics journalists attending conference, are also available.

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Featured Media Briefings

The deep roots of Rebellion: Evidence from the Irish Revolution

Census records from 1911 show that 19th-century famine might have inspired descendants to rebel The Great Irish Famine of 1845-1850 may have... More

SOCIAL NETWORKING: More time spent online makes children less happy with their lives

Children who spend more time social networking online feel less happy with a number of different aspects of their lives. That is the key finding of... More

ON THE CAUSES OF BREXIT: How migration from Eastern Europe contributed to the rise of UK Euroscepticism

Migration from Eastern Europe contributed to the growth of UK scepticism about the European Union (EU) as measured by electoral support for the UK... More

UNDERSTANDING THE NEXT HOUSING CRISIS: Housing risk will stabilise affordability if supply cannot, but it might take a price crash

High UK house prices increase the probability of a crash – and it's this factor which may make houses more affordable in the long run, according to... More

CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN IN ITALY

Smart kids from outside Italy more likely to be held back at school and pushed into vocational education than natives – but this can be... More

June 2016

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

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

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

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

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

FREE PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION: Evidence of the impact on child outcomes in primary school

The introduction of free part-time pre-school places for three year olds in England in the early 2000s led to small improvements in the children’s... More

CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF PERSISTENTLY LOW INTEREST RATES

Interest rates are at historic lows in advanced nations around the world and markets expect them to stay low for years. In his presidential address to... More

March 2016

WOMEN, WAGES AND HOUSEWORK: How closing the gender pay gap splits chores more evenly

Eliminating the gender gap in wages would lead to married women doing much less housework. That is one of the findings of research by Alexandros... More

LABOUR VERSUS LEISURE: How cultural tastes shape national rates of employment

Roughly a quarter of the difference between Germany and Spain’s employment rates is the result of different preferences for working in the two... More

UK PRODUCTIVITY: The impact of lost jobs

Involuntary job separations (firings or redundancies) can explain more than a quarter of the UK's productivity puzzle, according to research by... More

LONGER OPENING HOURS LEAD TO HEAVIER DRINKING AND SEVERE HEALTH DAMAGE

Increased alcohol availability in England has led to increased heavy drinking and, as a consequence, poorer physical and mental health outcomes for... More

FIRSTBORNS PERFORM BETTER IN SCHOOL – But they’re less healthy at birth than their younger siblings

Firstborns do better at school than their younger siblings but are less healthy when they are born. That is the central finding of research by Ramona... More

EAST SIDE STORY: How historic pollution drove – and still drives – urban segregation

Eastern neighbourhoods of old cities in North America and Western Europe – New York, London and Paris, for example – are notably poorer than Western... More

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