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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

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

June 2016

WHEN HIGH INEQUALITY ATTRACTS HIGH-SKILLED IMMIGRANTS: New study of the drivers of brain drain and brain gain

A high level of income inequality potentially makes a country a more attractive destination for high-skilled workers migrating from other countries,... More

CHILDREN AS AN INVESTMENT: New evidence on the links between income, intergenerational transfers and parents’ fertility choices

Because parents can’t legally impose any debt obligations on their children for their upbringing, fertility rates are significantly lower than their... More

SELF-REINFORCING INEQUALITY: Experimental evidence that people’s beliefs about their relative ability limit their upward mobility

Experiencing disadvantage can make escaping disadvantage less likely because it leads people to believe that they are of lower relative ability and... More

ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION: Why we need policies inspired by the ‘polluter pays principle’

Polluters should be taxed for the impact of their pollution on society; and the victims of pollution should be fully compensated for the damages it... More

TRUST AND THE SIZE OF THE WELFARE STATE: A relationship with twin peaks among OECD countries

Large, corrupt and ineffective welfare states can survive in OECD countries, thanks to the support of a majority of people who are not civic-minded.... More

POOR PARENTS FOCUS RESOURCES ON THEIR MOST PROMISING OFFSPRING: Evidence from Tanzania

Parents with limited resources are more likely to invest in children who show signs of higher cognitive function early in life. That is the central... 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

May 2016

LOW-SKILLED WORKERS COULD BENEFIT FROM EXCHANGE RATE DEPRECIATION: Evidence from Swiss manufacturing firms

Low-skilled workers can profit from a fall in the exchange rate, according to research by Boris Kaiser and Michael Siegenthaler, published in the May... More

LIMITED HUMAN ATTENTION DRIVES RISKIER BEHAVIOUR: Evidence from World Cup alpine skiing

People typically focus on the left-most digit of a number and pay only partial attention to other digits – and in World Cup alpine ski events, this... More

PERSONALITY TRAITS AND WORKPLACE PRODUCTIVITY: Evidence from a laboratory experiment

Personality traits such as conscientiousness and neuroticism are significantly related to workers’ productivity, according to research by Ana... More

FINANCIAL MARKETS ARE MORE FORWARD-LOOKING THAN WE THOUGHT: New evidence from their behaviour around Fed policy decisions

Financial markets use Federal Reserve communications and macroeconomic indicators to adjust their behaviour much further in advance of the Fed’s... More

DO TAXES AFFECT HOW MUCH WE WORK?

How does labour supply respond to changes in wages and taxation? In his Sargan lecture to the Royal Economic Society, which is now published in the... More

ECONOMICS AND THE FAMILY: A happy marriage

What is family economics and how is it useful? Professor Pierre-Andre Chiappori gives his answer in this Royal Economic Society (RES) short film... More

FREE PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION: Evidence of the impact on child outcomes in primary school

The introduction of free part-time pre-school places for three year olds in England in the early 2000s led to small improvements in the children’s... More

CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF PERSISTENTLY LOW INTEREST RATES

Interest rates are at historic lows in advanced nations around the world and markets expect them to stay low for years. In his presidential address to... More

March 2016

WOMEN, WAGES AND HOUSEWORK: How closing the gender pay gap splits chores more evenly

Eliminating the gender gap in wages would lead to married women doing much less housework. That is one of the findings of research by Alexandros... More

LABOUR VERSUS LEISURE: How cultural tastes shape national rates of employment

Roughly a quarter of the difference between Germany and Spain’s employment rates is the result of different preferences for working in the two... More

UK PRODUCTIVITY: The impact of lost jobs

Involuntary job separations (firings or redundancies) can explain more than a quarter of the UK's productivity puzzle, according to research by... More

LONGER OPENING HOURS LEAD TO HEAVIER DRINKING AND SEVERE HEALTH DAMAGE

Increased alcohol availability in England has led to increased heavy drinking and, as a consequence, poorer physical and mental health outcomes for... More

FIRSTBORNS PERFORM BETTER IN SCHOOL – But they’re less healthy at birth than their younger siblings

Firstborns do better at school than their younger siblings but are less healthy when they are born. That is the central finding of research by Ramona... More

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