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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

March 2016

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

EAST SIDE STORY: How historic pollution drove – and still drives – urban segregation

Eastern neighbourhoods of old cities in North America and Western Europe – New York, London and Paris, for example – are notably poorer than Western... More

LIFELONG DAMAGE FROM FOETAL EXPOSURE TO AIR POLLUTION: Evidence from the Great London Smog

Being exposed to severe air pollution in utero not only causes childhood ill health but also means people are less likely to have A levels or a degree... More

MILITARY SERVICE ENCOURAGES MEN TO CONTINUE IN EDUCATION: Evidence from Turkey

Exempting men from military service takes away an incentive for them to continue their studies. This is the main finding of research by Huzeyfe Torun... More

THE IMPACT OF EDUCATION POLICIES ON TEENAGE PREGNANCIES

Education policies, such as the Easter Leaving Rule or the expansion in post-compulsory schooling do not lead to a reduction in the probability of... More

PRIMARY EDUCATION IN ENGLAND: New evidence that many schools could make much more effective use of their resources

PRIMARY EDUCATION IN ENGLAND: New evidence that many schools could make much more effective use of their resources There is considerable scope for... More

ECONOMICS OF MUSIC CHART TOPPERS: Growing concentration and less variety of songs

The music industry is becoming more and more concentrated on a few ‘superstar’ songs, which in turn get far more of the advertising budget. That is... More

LOAN LIMITS HURT UK WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

Being unable to get business loans is a big barrier to women in Britain becoming entrepreneurs. Single women, in particular, struggle to access funds... More

HOME DELIVERY: Evidence from Bologna on how pizza vendors respond to increased demand when it’s raining

Don’t worry if it’s raining, you’re at home and you want a pizza delivered: no matter how many orders pizza vendors have accepted during the day, you... More

APP-TENTION SEEKING: Trivial updates can boost downloads

Developers of mobile applications use trivial updates to bring more attention to their products. That is the main finding of research by Stefano... More

THE IMPACT OF GENDER STEREOTYPES ON BEHAVIOUR: Experimental evidence from a ‘beauty contest’ game

Gender stereotypes can influence men and women’s behaviour to be more competitive or empathic. That is the central finding of experimental research by... More

CUTTING HOUSING BENEFIT REDUCES PROPERTY PRICES

House prices fall when Housing Benefit is cut. That is the central finding of research by Nils Braakmann and Stephen McDonald, to be presented at the... More

LAST-DITCH ELECTION PROMISES WIN VOTERS: Evidence from Italy

Last-minute electoral announcements promising tax breaks can successfully alter the voting behaviour of those who would benefit from the policy... More

FRAGMENTATION IN THE EUROZONE CORPORATE BOND MARKET

New research presents a novel measure of financial fragmentation along national borders for the euro area’s corporate bond market. The study by Andrea... More

INCREASING INEQUALITY MAKES EVERYONE FEEL WORSE: Evidence from Germany

Income inequality makes people less happy across society. That is the central finding of research by Johannes Eigner, to be presented at the Royal... More

FAIRER DIVORCE LAWS LEAD TO WOMEN DOING MORE CHILDCARE

Women work less and do more childcare when divorce would mean that the family’s assets are split equally. That is the central finding of research by... More

‘CASH FOR CLUNKERS’: Good for new car sales, bad for the environment

Scrappage schemes to support the German car industry during the Great Recession successfully boosted sales of new cars but at the expense of... More

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