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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

October 2016

THE ‘CLEANSING EFFECT’ OF RECESSIONS: Average firm productivity is boosted but by less when financial conditions are tight

When an economic downturn is driven by tightening financial conditions, the typical boost to overall productivity that comes from weaker firms closing... More

INCOME INEQUALITY IS LOWER IN SWING SEATS: Evidence from parliamentary elections in India

Constituencies in India where parliamentary elections have been closely fought have lower income inequality and a bigger middle class. That is the... More

LOW-ACHIEVING TEENAGERS: Evidence from France of the potential of low-cost interventions to clarify educational options

A simple programme of meetings facilitated by school principals and targeted at low-achieving 15 year olds can help them to identify educational... More

FRIENDSHIP GROUPS AMONG HOMELESS PEOPLE: New evidence of the impact on criminal behaviour

Homeless people with good friends are less likely to end up in prison, according to research by Dr Lucia Corno, which is forthcoming in the Economic... 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

RESOURCE BOOMS CAN BENEFIT THE WIDER ECONOMY: Evidence from mineral-abundant Australia and oil-rich Norway

A natural resource boom in a country can have positive effects on non-resource industries, according to research by Hilde C. Bjørnland and Leif Anders... More

September 2016

PRODUCTIVITY AND PAY: New evidence from Sweden on how workers earn higher wages

Workers’ wages are three times more responsive to changes in productivity shared across the industry in which their employer operates than to... More

SPENDING LONGER IN SCHOOL DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN THAT WOMEN HAVE FEWER KIDS: New evidence for England and continental Europe

While demographic research typically reports negative correlations between fertility and time spent in education, new research shows that more... More

EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION LEGISLATION: Evidence from Italy of the potential damage to productivity

Legislation aimed at protecting employees can have a damaging impact on firms’ productivity, according to research by Giovanni Pica and colleagues,... More

TRUST GAMES: Experimental evidence of how we feel about cheating

Nearly a third of people have a stringent notion of what constitutes cheating, which can reduce trust since they are more likely to expect to be... More

DRAFTING CONTRACTS, LAWS AND CONSTITUTIONS: The benefits of simplicity and vagueness

Analysing why some of America’s founding fathers opposed the inclusion of the Bill of Rights in the Constitution helps to explain why many modern-day... More

WHEN INDUSTRIAL POLICY HARMS EXPORT PERFORMANCE: Evidence from the world steel industry

The use of industrial policies to support a country’s steel sector has damaging effects on the export competitiveness of downstream manufacturing... More

August 2016

BARGAINING BY CONSUMERS LEADS TO HIGHER PRICES AND FACILITATES COLLUSION AMONG SELLERS: New analysis of the economics of pricing

BARGAINING BY CONSUMERS LEADS TO HIGHER PRICES AND FACILITATES COLLUSION AMONG SELLERS: New analysis of the economics of pricing The more that buyers... More

July 2016

FINANCIAL LITERACY DOES NOT SPREAD EASILY: Evidence from rural Rwanda

FINANCIAL LITERACY DOES NOT SPREAD EASILY: Evidence from rural Rwanda Training people in financial literacy can have a positive impact on their... More

MEDIA WARS: Why pay TV operators and online platforms often prefer exclusive content – and why consumers don’t necessarily lose out

MEDIA WARS: Why pay TV operators and online platforms often prefer exclusive content – and why consumers don’t necessarily lose out New research... More

FAVOURITISM VERSUS DISCRIMINATION: Experimental evidence from exam grading at a Dutch university

FAVOURITISM VERSUS DISCRIMINATION: Experimental evidence from exam grading at a Dutch university Exam grades at a Dutch university suggest unconscious... More

EXPLAINING ITALY’S NORTH-SOUTH DIVIDE: Experimental evidence of large differences in social norms of cooperation

EXPLAINING ITALY’S NORTH-SOUTH DIVIDE: Experimental evidence of large differences in social norms of cooperation Regional economic differences within... More

WORKPLACE DEMOCRACY DELIVERS GREATER EQUALITY BUT NOT FOR FREE

WORKPLACE DEMOCRACY DELIVERS GREATER EQUALITY BUT NOT FOR FREE Worker-managed firms have a more egalitarian compensation structure than conventional... More

FULL DISCLOSURE? New research of how best to organise contests

FULL DISCLOSURE? New research of how best to organise contests R&D, political campaigns, science competitions, job promotions and lobbying are... More

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