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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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People who leave prison when there are more construction and manufacturing jobs available are better able to reintegrate into society and break the... More


Babies born to mothers who hold a stronger belief that their fate is in their own hands and not down to luck tend to perform better in their GCSE... More


Prolonged paid parental leave and the opportunity it provides for mothers to spend more time with their offspring can have long lasting effects on... More


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


Economists uncover religious competition as driving force of witch hunts Economists Peter Leeson and Jacob Russ of George Mason University have... More

April 2017

FEELING UNDER FINANCIAL STRAIN: Shocks outside our control more likely than persistent poverty to make us believe we can't cope

The feeling of not being able to cope financially has a more negative effect on our mental and physical health then the size of our debts or how much... More

EDUCATION CUTS OBESITY FOR SOME, BUT RAISES BLOOD PRESSURE FOR OTHERS: New analysis of the long-term effects of staying in school longer

More secondary education improves health in middle age by reducing body fat and the prevalence of lung conditions, but it also worsens health by... More

CASHLESS SOCIETY? New research on the origins of money suggests that it was introduced to raise taxes, not replace barter

Money was not created to replace barter, as most historians suggest, but to boost trade that rulers could tax. This new theory of the origins of money... More

GRADUATE EDUCATION CREATES TECH INNOVATION: New evidence that researcher inventions mirror academic fecundity more than industry experience

Graduate education beats on-the-job learning as the predominant driver of new inventions in tech firms, according to research by James D Adams, to be... More


Easy credit or housing shortages can't explain why prices kept rising The supply of or demand for housing cannot explain the sustained rise in British... More

GIVING STUDENTS A NUDGE: German school children do better in the same test when their marks don't start at zero

Simple changes to the way that school tests are marked can motivate high-performing students to do better, according to research by Valentin Wagner,... More

THE LONGER YOU WAIT, THE MORE YOU PAY: Unlike its planes, Easyjet prices go up but don't come down

Easyjet's dynamic pricing model may sometimes slow the rate at which ticket prices go up, but bargain-hunters who wait until the last minute will... More

IT’S NOT THE DIVORCE THAT DAMAGES KIDS: New UK evidence that children of disrupted families are harmed more by the environment before their parents split

When children of divorced parents have lower cognitive and non-cognitive skills, the divorce itself might not be to blame. That’s the implication of... More

SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUBS WORK THEIR MAGIC: ‘Exceptional’ educational gains from offering free food in disadvantaged primaries

Providing school breakfasts free to all children in disadvantaged English primary schools helps them to make two months’ additional progress in... More

THE ECONOMICS OF A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP: When their babies wake them, parents work and earn less

Sleep deprivation has a strong negative effect on labour market performance, according to research by Joan Costa-Font and Sarah Flèche of the Centre... More

THE GENDER GAP IN CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR: Male crooks are more often driven by profit; females by fear of getting caught

Women are more likely than men to decide not to commit a crime when the probability of arrest goes up. Men, contrast, are more likely to go straight... More

HOUSEWORK AND MARRIAGE: Married women are tidier than married men, even before tying the knot – and do even more chores afterwards

Married women did more housework than average for their gender even before they got hitched, but married men did less. That is one of the findings of... More


They're not taking jobs from natives, they're making those jobs better Immigration is often accused of reducing the wages and job opportunities of... More

WHEN JUSTICE WASN’T BLIND: 19th century Old Bailey juries convicted more often when the death penalty was off the table

The abolition of the death penalty in nineteenth century England led to harsher sentences and raised the chances that defendants would be convicted.... More

A SUBSIDISED TRAGEDY: Saving Mediterranean migrants channels $40 million a year to organised crime

Operations to rescue migrants from the Mediterranean may inadvertently be subsidising organised crime by $40 million a year, according to research by... More

THE HOUSING BUBBLE BABY BOOM: Spiralling UK house prices mean homeowners have more kids, but renters postpone starting families

Rising house prices cause homeowners to have more kids and renters to have fewer, according to research by Cevat Giray Aksoy, to be presented at the... More


Mafia Inc. became Robin Hood for Italian business when bank credit dried up in the financial crisis Broke Italian entrepreneurs were increasingly... More

BIG-BOX SUPERMARKETS IN SPAIN: Many grocers go out of business, but town centres reinvent themselves as specialist retailers fill the space

Spanish towns that allow large supermarkets to open nearby lose between 20% and 30% of their small grocery shops inside four years, according to a... More

THE CHINESE CITIES THAT TRADE BUILT: Export boom to the US after China joined the WTO ignited growth in urban areas

When China joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2001, the certainty that tariff barriers had come down rather than any change in tariffs... More

ACADEMIC PAPERS LOST IN THE STORM: How Hurricane Isaac led to reduced research collaboration and hence poorer science

When economists and other scientists attend conferences like the annual gathering of the Royal Economic Society, they are more likely to create... More

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