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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

IMPACT OF LIFTING ALCOHOL RESTRICTIONS ON VIOLENT CRIME: Evidence from Kansas

Lifting or loosening restrictions on alcohol sales could lead to substantial increases in violent crime, according to research by Daniel Rees,... More

LOTTERY WINNERS CUT THEIR WORKING HOURS BUT DON’T LEAVE EMPLOYMENT: New evidence from the Netherlands

People who win big prizes in the lottery tend to work fewer hours but they don’t withdraw completely from the labour market. These are the central... More

TOWARDS EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY: New economic analysis

Any social arrangement in which just one person has no opportunities is the worst possible outcome. That is one of the conclusions of research by... More

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

THE POWER OF INDIRECT RECIPROCITY: Evidence from a natural field experiment on what drives human kindness in everyday interactions

We are twice as likely to cooperate and act generously towards strangers if we ourselves have been helped in a similar way. What’s more, it doesn’t... More

April 2017

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

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

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

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

BILATERAL TRADE DEALS AFTER BREXIT: Evidence that both sides may lose

Post-Brexit bilateral trade deals with big countries like China, India and the United States may leave the UK worse off, according to research by Kwok... More

FAMILY VALUES: Evidence of cultural differences in how long-term care of the elderly happens at home

German-speaking seniors in Switzerland enter nursing homes when they are younger and fitter than their French-speaking counterparts French-speaking... More

EUROPEAN DIRECTIVE ON EMPLOYEE CONSULTATION SPURRED FLEXIBLE WORKING

Employee representation legislation from the European Union (EU) helped to secure flexible working-time arrangements, especially in companies with... More

March 2017

INEQUALITY AND ECONOMICS: Tony Atkinson’s enduring lessons

Sir Tony Atkinson, the doyen of inequality economics and former president of the Royal Economic Society, passed away in January 2017. Andrea... More

MAINTAINING ORGANISATIONAL PERFORMANCE IN TIMES OF GROWTH: New experimental evidence and lessons for firms and countries

New experimental research finds that it is possible for organisations to increase their size while maintaining performance even when new members come... More

MEDIA EXPOSURE OF SUSPECTS HELPS TO SOLVE CRIMES: Evidence from a Dutch crime-watch TV programme

The media can be an effective tool for tracking down crime suspects, according to research by Dinand Webbink, Judith van Erp and Froukje van Gastel,... More

REAL WAGES IN GERMANY: New evidence of considerable flexibility in response to changing economic conditions

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the real wages of workers in Germany are responsive to the business cycle, according to research by Heiko Stüber,... More

EMIGRATION OPPORTUNITIES BOOST DEMAND FOR EDUCATION IN POOR COUNTRIES: Evidence from Gurkha boys aspiring to join the British army

The opportunity for Gurkha boys in Nepal to join the British Army has a big positive effect on their rates of school enrolment and completion – and... More

THE IMPACT OF CLINICAL QUALITY ON PEOPLE’S CHOICE OF FAMILY DOCTOR: New evidence for England

Reported clinical quality plays an important role in determining which family doctor practice people in England choose. That is the central finding of... More

GETTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK FROM SICK LEAVE: Evidence from Sweden that early interventions are counterproductive

Early interventions to provide vocational rehabilitation for people on sick leave actually prolong the time they spend away from work. They also... More

BOOKS ARE FOREVER: New cross-European evidence of the impact of childhood conditions on education and lifetime earnings

Children who grow up around books do better in later life. That is the central finding of research by Giorgio Brunello, Guglielmo Weber and Christoph... More

BIG FALL IN INFANT MORTALITY FROM BETTER AIR QUALITY: Evidence from Turkey’s deployment of a nationwide natural gas infrastructure

The widespread replacement of coal with natural gas as Turkey’s key energy source over the past 25 years has led to much improved air quality – which... More

HOW PERSONAL INCOMES RESPOND TO CHANGING MARGINAL TAX RATES: New evidence

Research by Dr Sarah Burns and Professor James Ziliak provides new evidence that how personal incomes respond to changes in tax policy is much larger... More

February 2017

ROYAL ECONOMIC SOCIETY APPOINTS LEIGHTON CHIPPERFIELD AS ITS FIRST CHIEF EXECUTIVE

For immediate release, Monday 27 February 2017 The Royal Economic Society (RES) is one of the oldest and most prestigious economic associations in the... More

January 2017

MISERY OF WORK SECOND ONLY TO ILLNESS: UK evidence

British people are at their least happy while at work – except when they are sick in bed – according to a study published in the February 2017 issue... More

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