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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

March 2016

THE HIDDEN COST OF GLOBALISATION: UK evidence that import competition leads to mental distress

The competition brought about by globalisation can hurt workers’ mental health. That is the central finding of research by Italo Colantone, Rosario... More

CHARITABLE BEHAVIOUR: UK evidence of the impact of the ‘big five’ personality traits

People’s donations of time and money to charities are strongly linked to their personalities. That is the main finding of research by Sarah Brown and... More

EUROPEAN COMMISSIONERS STILL BIASED TOWARDS THEIR HOMELANDS

Despite their claims of neutrality, Commissioners in the European Union (EU) tend to encourage spending on their home country. That is the central... More

MUMS-TO-BE AIM FOR SPRING AND SUMMER BIRTHS

Mothers explicitly target spring and summer when planning to give birth, according to research by Climent Quintana-Domeque and colleagues, to be... More

PUBLIC FUNDING FOR OLD-AGE CARE DISCOURAGES SAVINGS: Evidence from Scotland

People tend to save less for their old age when they believe the government will pay for part of their care. That is the central finding of research... More

STAY-AT-HOME MILLENNIALS: Young adults copy friends and live with parents

Peer pressure means that more people are living with their parents because their friends are happy to do the same. That is the central finding of... More

A WARMER PLANET LEADS TO HOTTER CONFLICTS

Climate change is increasingly becoming a cause of armed conflict. That is the central finding of research by Mehdi Shiva, to be presented at the... More

TIME FOR GROWTH: The big impact of public mechanical clocks on Europe's economic development 1200-1800

Public mechanical clocks, which were first introduced in European cities in the late thirteenth century, were one of the most important innovations in... More

TRANSPARENCY IN PARLIAMENT: Swiss evidence of the impact on MPs’ voting behaviour

Members of parliament are more likely to vote along party lines if their choices are made public. That is the central finding of research by Christine... More

SELF-EMPLOYMENT UNDERREPORTING IN GREAT BRITAIN: Who and how much?

Reducing evasion seems to be a priority for all revenue agencies, especially now when public finances are stretched. Self-employment income suffers... More

GLOBAL INEQUALITY FUELS REVOLUTION: New cross-national evidence of the economic origins of conflict

The further a country’s development falls behind the richest countries, the more likely it is to see protests and even revolutions. That is the... More

MASS MIGRATION FROM MEXICO TO THE UNITED STATES: New evidence of the impact of family background

High fertility and large family sizes do not in themselves constitute a significant push factor in the mass migration from Mexico to the United States... More

REFUGEES IN THE UK MUCH MORE LIKELY TO SEE THEMSELVES AS BRITISH THAN ECONOMIC MIGRANTS

Immigrants who have come to the UK as refugees or because of family ties are more than twice as likely to see themselves as having a British national... More

TAXING PEOPLE’S RUBBISH: Evidence from Switzerland that they don’t like it at first but learn to live with it

People might dislike taxes on their rubbish at first – but such taxes do encourage recycling and eventually become popular. That is the main finding... More

THE EUROSYSTEM’S EXPANDED ASSET PURCHASE PROGRAMME: New evidence of domestic and international macroeconomic effects

The Eurosystem’s expanded asset purchase programme will help lift inflation towards the European Central Bank’s target and boost economic activity in... More

MOBILE PHONES AMPLIFY POLITICAL UNREST IN TIMES OF CRISIS: Evidence from across Africa

The growing use of mobile phones in Africa leads to more political protests during recessions and periods of national crisis, according to research by... More

GENDER PAY GAP MAKES WOMEN LESS LIKELY TO MOVE FIRMS

Women are typically less mobile between employers because most of them earn less than their partners. But at the same time, firms take advantage of... More

WIND POWER IN THE UNITED STATES: ‘Green’ investment is less efficient

Many US wind farms are being built in the wrong place because their investors want to look environmentally conscious. That is the central finding of... More

HOUSE PRICES RISE BY UP TO 1.5% AFTER IMPROVED OFSTED SCORE, STUDY FINDS

Local house prices rise by as much as 1.5% in the immediate aftermath of an improved Ofsted score, according to a new study of 8,000 primary schools... More

BETTER TEACHERS MEAN HAPPIER AND HIGHER-ACHIEVING PUPILS: Evidence from UK primary schools

Good teachers don’t just help children learn more: they also help them to become happier. That is one of the findings of research by Sarah Fleche, to... More

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