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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

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

March 2016

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

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

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

TAXING AWAY M&A: The effect of corporate capital gains taxes on firms’ acquisition activity

High capital gains taxation prevents mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity that would benefit the shareholders of the companies involved. That... More

WHAT’S IN A NAME? New evidence of discrimination against African Americans in access to local public services

Requests for public information in the United States are less likely to receive responses if they come from a ‘black-sounding’ name. That is the... More

ETHNIC FAVOURITISM BY NATIONAL LEADERS: A global phenomenon

National leaders across the world are guilty of ‘ethnic favouritism’ – channelling public resources to their own homelands. That is the central... More

BRINGING HOME NEW NORMS: Evidence from the Middle East of how return migration affects gender beliefs

BRINGING HOME NEW NORMS: Evidence from the Middle East of how return migration affects gender beliefs Migration is responsible for new gender norms... More

TIGHT IMMIGRATION POLICIES BOOST THE SHADOW ECONOMY: Evidence from Italy

Immigration and tax evasion are closely linked, according to research by Emanuele Bracco and Luisanna Onnis, to be presented at the Royal Economic... More

SKILLS, SAFETY NETS AND SETTLERS: New evidence of European citizens’ attitudes to immigration and redistribution

European citizens tend to favour more restrictive migration policies when migrants have similar skills and are likely to compete for the same jobs. In... More

UK LEGISLATION BOOSTED JOB PROSPECTS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Disability discrimination laws can encourage teenagers with disabilities to leave school earlier because they have better job opportunities. That is... More

SURGES IN EMERGENCY ADMISSIONS REDUCE QUALITY OF CARE FOR NHS PATIENTS

Unexpected emergency admissions lead to reductions in the quality of care provided by NHS hospitals – and this is felt primarily by emergency patients... More

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