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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 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

MINING COMMUNITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA SAW BIGGEST INCOME GAINS AFTER APARTHEID

The incomes of marginalised black communities in South Africa improved faster in the post-apartheid era in those parts of the country with higher... More

AIR POLLUTION HARMS FOOTBALLERS’ PERFORMANCE: Evidence from Germany’s Bundesliga

Air pollution is responsible for harming footballers’ performance. That is the main finding of research by Andreas Lichter, Nico Pestel and Eric... More

SPEED KILLS, NOT ONLY THE SUDDEN STOP: New evidence of the impact of international capital flows on banking crises

Episodes of rapid growth in international capital flows are associated with banking crises. For the typical country, a crisis is at least three times... More

THE INTERNET DOES SHRINK THE WORLD: Evidence from eBay of the ‘death of distance’ and its potential for boosting trade and incomes

Distance between countries impedes international trade, but it matters 65% less for trade on the eBay platform than for traditional offline trade.... More

MANY YOUNG LIVES COULD BE SAVED BY REDUCING AIR POLLUTION: Evidence from Mexico City

Bringing down levels of carbon monoxide and particulate matter in the air of Mexico City by just 1% each would result in a reduction of approximately... More

HOUSE PRICES IN ENGLAND: New evidence on how planning constraints drive their rapid growth

House prices in the South East of England would have been roughly 25% lower in 2008 and perhaps 30% lower in 2015 if the region had planning... More

ROADS FOR PRODUCTIVITY: How investment in transport infrastructure boosted India’s manufacturing

The Golden Quadrilateral (GQ) Project – a large-scale highway construction and improvement project in India – has provided a substantial boost to... More

February 2016

AUSTERITY IS ALWAYS A DRAG ON GROWTH – especially in depressed economies

Keynes was right after all when he said: ‘The boom, not the slump, is the right time for austerity at the Treasury.’ That is the conclusion of... More

GENDER DISCRIMINATION LEADS TO BIG LOSSES FOR THE WHOLE ECONOMY

It might be very difficult to do but eliminating pay inequality arising from gender discrimination would have a significant positive impact on any... More

REDUCING POVERTY: The importance of boosting poor people’s aspirations

Living in poverty curtails a poor person’s capacity to aspire, according to research by Patricio Dalton, Sayantan Ghosal and Anandi Mani, published in... More

VOLATILE CONSUMER SPENDING: New evidence of the key impact of precautionary saving against the risks of unemployment

The risk of losing your job becomes stronger or weaker over the course of the business cycle – and this has a big impact on consumer spending as... More

TRUST IN KEY LOCAL INSTITUTIONS: How the long-gone Habsburg Empire is still visible in East European bureaucracies today

People and organisations in what used to be the Habsburg Empire have higher trust in courts and police than their counterparts just outside those... More

SERVICE SECTOR REFORM: The key to India’s growth ambitions for manufacturing

Addressing impediments to domestic and foreign competition in retail, transport, professional and other services should be a top priority for the... More

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