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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

HIGH-SPEED RAIL BOOSTS CORPORATE PROFITS BUT CENTRALISES JOBS IN BIG CITIES: Evidence from France

The improvement in communications made possible by high-speed rail in France has slightly increased the profit margins of big firms with many sites... 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

BIG SUPERMARKETS CAN’T ALWAYS SQUEEZE SMALL SUPPLIERS: Evidence from Chilean coffee suppliers

Small suppliers bargaining with large supermarket chains are not necessarily doomed to earn meagre profits. That is the central finding of research by... More

A POSSIBLE DOWNSIDE OF ‘NUDGE’ POLICIES: People may come to rely on default options too much

The popularity of ‘nudge’ policies, which use people’s psychological biases to steer them towards better choice, has a potential side... More

ECONOMICS OF MELTING ICECAPS: Big shift in world trade patterns expected as the Northern Sea Route becomes commercially viable

The opening of the Northern Sea Route for high volume commercial traffic through the Arctic Ocean, which is becoming possible as a consequence of... More

July 2016

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

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

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... More

TWO-WAY CAPITAL FLOWS BETWEEN CHINA AND THE UNITED STATES: New evidence of the impact of China’s underdeveloped financial markets

TWO-WAY CAPITAL FLOWS BETWEEN CHINA AND THE UNITED STATES: New evidence of the impact of China’s underdeveloped financial markets Underdeveloped... More

PRIMARY SEASON BOOSTS STATE ECONOMIES: Evidence from US presidential campaigns from 1974 to 2008

PRIMARY SEASON BOOSTS STATE ECONOMIES: Evidence from US presidential campaigns from 1974 to 2008 US presidential campaigns may be long and drawn out,... More

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

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

HEALTH INSURANCE: Why healthy people have high coverage and those most at risk don’t

HEALTH INSURANCE: Why healthy people have high coverage and those most at risk don’t A serious problem in countries with private health insurance is... More

FOR LOVE OR REWARD? Experimental evidence on the economics of gift-giving to parents by their adult children

FOR LOVE OR REWARD? Experimental evidence on the economics of gift-giving to parents by their adult children Gifts to elderly parents from their adult... More

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

EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION LEGISLATION: Evidence from Italy of the potential damage to productivity Legislation aimed at protecting employees can have a... More

WHY MARKETS FOR HOUSES ARE MORE SEASONAL THAN MARKETS FOR APARTMENTS: Evidence from Norway

WHY MARKETS FOR HOUSES ARE MORE SEASONAL THAN MARKETS FOR APARTMENTS: Evidence from Norway Differences in the process of matching buyers to properties... More

WIDENING CORPORATE BOND SPREADS ARE A GOOD EARLY WARNING OF RECESSION: New evidence for European economies

WIDENING CORPORATE BOND SPREADS ARE A GOOD EARLY WARNING OF RECESSION: New evidence for European economies New research finds that corporate bond... More

VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR THE UNEMPLOYED: Evidence from Turkey that the costs outweigh the benefits

VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR THE UNEMPLOYED: Evidence from Turkey that the costs outweigh the benefits Over the last decade the World Bank and its client... More

THE VALUE OF TEAMWORK: Evidence from field experiments in Brazilian fishing societies

THE VALUE OF TEAMWORK: Evidence from field experiments in Brazilian fishing societies Societies in which it is most productive to work in groups... More

A LANDSCAPE THAT COLUMBUS WOULD RECOGNISE: New research explores whether today’s patterns of wealth and poverty were already determined by 1492

A LANDSCAPE THAT COLUMBUS WOULD RECOGNISE: New research explores whether today’s patterns of wealth and poverty were already determined by... More

DISCOUNTED TUITION FEES CAN REDUCE CLASS ATTENDANCE: Evidence of the ‘sunk-cost effect’ among Dutch university students

DISCOUNTED TUITION FEES CAN REDUCE CLASS ATTENDANCE: Evidence of the ‘sunk-cost effect’ among Dutch university students University students who... More

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

BOOKS ARE FOREVER: New cross-European evidence of the impact of childhood conditions on education and lifetime earnings Children who grow up around... More

POST-9/11 BACKLASH AGAINST MUSLIMS REDUCED ASSIMILATION

POST-9/11 BACKLASH AGAINST MUSLIMS REDUCED ASSIMILATION The increase in hate crimes against Muslim immigrants after the 9/11 terrorist attacks led to... 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

THE HIDDEN COSTS OF DOWNSIZING: Experimental evidence of the potential damage to the performance of surviving staff

Firms that lay off staff can see a significant reduction in the performance of their remaining workers, according to an experimental study by Frank... More

HIGHER INCOME VOLATILITY HITS AMERICAN FAMILIES’ WELLBEING: Evidence from three decades to 2008

Increasingly large fluctuations in many American households’ incomes over the 30-year period up to the Great Recession led to a fall in overall family... More

INCREASED SCHOOL RESOURCES BOOST EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES OF LOWER-ABILITY PUPILS: Evidence from the Netherlands

Giving schools more resources – without putting specific restrictions on how they are spent – can have a positive impact on pupil outcomes. That is... More

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