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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

EXPERT EVALUATORS FAVOURING THEIR COMPATRIOTS: Evidence from dressage competitions

The equestrian sport of dressage is the only Olympic competition in which men and women compete as equals with the outcomes determined by subjective... More

PEOPLE MAY BE OVERPAYING FOR LEASE EXTENSIONS IN THE UK: Evidence from London

People may be paying too high a price to extend the leases on their homes according to new research from the London School of Economics and Political... More

THE ‘WITCH CRAZE’ OF 16th & 17th CENTURY EUROPE: Economists uncover religious competition as driving force of witch hunts

Economists Peter Leeson and Jacob Russ of George Mason University have uncovered new evidence to resolve the longstanding puzzle posed by the ‘witch... More

LABOUR MARKET EFFECTS OF INTERNAL MIGRATION: Evidence from Indonesia

People who relocate within Indonesia are typically more educated and more likely to be employed in higher-paid and secure jobs than those who stay... More

MARRIAGE AS INSURANCE: How our degree of risk aversion influences whom we marry

New research uses the economics of insurance to help understand who marries whom. The study by Johannes Gierlinger and Sarolta Laczó, published in the... More

July 2016

GOLD HAS NEVER BEEN A GREAT HEDGE AGAINST BAD ECONOMIC TIMES: Evidence from decades of US and global data

GOLD HAS NEVER BEEN A GREAT HEDGE AGAINST BAD ECONOMIC TIMES: Evidence from decades of US and global data Gold has not served very well as a hedge... 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

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

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