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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

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

December 2015

DOVES VERSUS HAWKS: New analysis of the fundamentals of conflict behaviour

DOVES VERSUS HAWKS: New analysis of the fundamentals of conflict behaviour Conflicts might be less intense in societies that are more heterogeneous... More

MORTGAGE DEFAULTS: Evidence from Florida on the benefits for all of mandatory mediation between borrowers and lenders

MORTGAGE DEFAULTS: Evidence from Florida on the benefits for all of mandatory mediation between borrowers and lenders Mandatory mediation between... More

‘TRUTH SERUMS’: New research on how to get people to respond truthfully to economic surveys

‘TRUTH SERUMS’: New research on how to get people to respond truthfully to economic surveys When collecting survey data on consumers’ beliefs about... More

PRICE RIGIDITY: New evidence that dominant firms are slow to adjust their prices (even upwards!) when costs change

PRICE RIGIDITY: New evidence that dominant firms are slow to adjust their prices (even upwards!) when costs change Firms with market power delay... More

LONG WORKING HOURS TAKE THEIR TOLL ON PEOPLE’S HEALTH AND JOB PERFORMANCE: Evidence from First World War munition workers

LONG WORKING HOURS TAKE THEIR TOLL ON PEOPLE’S HEALTH AND JOB PERFORMANCE: Evidence from First World War munition workers Cutting back on excessive... More

PREFERENTIAL TRADE AGREEMENTS HARM EXCLUDED COUNTRIES

PREFERENTIAL TRADE AGREEMENTS HARM EXCLUDED COUNTRIES Agreements to liberalise trade between groups of countries will boost wages in the partner... More

INCOME AND DEMOCRACY IN BRAZIL: The richer you are, the more likely you are to prefer parliamentary government to a presidential system

INCOME AND DEMOCRACY IN BRAZIL: The richer you are, the more likely you are to prefer parliamentary government to a presidential system The poorer... More

CENTRAL BANKS’ BALANCE SHEET POLICIES: Effective in a crisis but with limitations

CENTRAL BANKS’ BALANCE SHEET POLICIES: Effective in a crisis but with limitations Balance sheet policies, such as quantitative easing, can be an... More

TRADE AGREEMENTS: Why some are ‘fixed-term’ while others are ‘evergreen’

TRADE AGREEMENTS: Why some are ‘fixed-term’ while others are ‘evergreen’ Regional trade agreements are more likely to be of fixed duration if they... More

THE IMPACT OF TAX REFORM ON CORPORATE BEHAVIOUR: Evidence from a 2009 UK reform

THE IMPACT OF TAX REFORM ON CORPORATE BEHAVIOUR: Evidence from a 2009 UK reform A 2009 change in the taxation of foreign earnings of UK multinationals... More

JOBS FOR YOUNG AND OLD: New US evidence on unemployment, labour market participation and worker flows over the lifecycle

JOBS FOR YOUNG AND OLD: New US evidence on unemployment, labour market participation and worker flows over the lifecycle Finding a job is not... More

THE BUYING POWER OF LARGE RETAILERS: New analysis supports concerns for consumers expressed in European Commission guidelines

THE BUYING POWER OF LARGE RETAILERS: New analysis supports concerns for consumers expressed in European Commission guidelines When large retailers... More

POPULATIONS GROW AS COUNTRIES GET RICHER: New evidence from both the industrialised and developing worlds

POPULATIONS GROW AS COUNTRIES GET RICHER: New evidence from both the industrialised and developing worlds Higher national income growth leads to... More

TRADE UNIONS IN FRANCE: Despite appearance of strength, most have minimal impact on their members’ earnings

TRADE UNIONS IN FRANCE: Despite appearance of strength, most have minimal impact on their members’ earnings Workers in French firms that recognise a... More

IMMIGRATION TO RESOURCE-RICH ECONOMIES: Evidence from Canadian provinces of migrant workers mitigating the effects of ‘Dutch disease’

IMMIGRATION TO RESOURCE-RICH ECONOMIES: Evidence from Canadian provinces of migrant workers mitigating the effects of ‘Dutch disease’ The negative... More

November 2015

HOW PARENTS ALLOCATE FAMILY RESOURCES BETWEEN HEALTHY AND SICK CHILDREN: Evidence from twins in China

Parents tend to share family resources equally among their children – for example, by allocating more money towards sick children’s health problems... More

HUNGER IN CHILDHOOD CAN LEAD TO ADULT OBESITY: Evidence from post-war Germany

We can never fully escape our childhood experiences, both good and bad. This old axiom receives dramatic new confirmation in research published in the... More

INSTRUCTION TIME AND CLASSROOM QUALITY: The effects on teenagers’ school performance

Teenagers can get better results from additional hours in school – but only if they are in a classroom environment that is conducive to learning.... More

CLASSROOM HOURS: International evidence of the impact on student achievement

The longer the time that teenagers spend in the classroom, the better their results. That is the central finding of research by Professor Victor Lavy,... More

MOTHERS’ HEALTH SUFFERED DURING THE GREAT RECESSION: US evidence

Higher US unemployment rates during the Great Recession led to poorer self-reported health and increased levels of smoking and drug use among mothers.... More

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