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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

September 2015

HIGHLY EDUCATED AMERICAN WOMEN NO LONGER HAVE FEWER KIDS

Since the turn of the millennium, highly educated women in the United States have had higher fertility rates than women with intermediate levels of... More

MONETARY POLICY: It’s essential to consider the transactions role of money

The extent to which consumers use cash in their transactions should be an important consideration in monetary policy-making, according to research by... More

ELECTORAL SYSTEMS AND VOTER TURNOUT: New theoretical research on who benefits

In societies where there is a strong minority – perhaps the so-called ‘1%’ – that stacks the deck against the majority, a more proportional electoral... More

TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH: New analysis of social transfers and the politics of top income taxation

Twentieth century programmes of social insurance in the UK, the United States and Sweden have improved the quality of life for most people – but by... More

DON’T FEAR THE CRAZIES: New economic research shows why the mainstream media will do just fine

Reports of the death of the mainstream media have been greatly exaggerated, according to research by Santiago Oliveros and Felix Vardy, published in... More

PRE-NATAL SEX SELECTION IMPROVES WELLBEING OF SURVIVING GIRLS: Evidence from India

An increase in prenatal sex selection in India – where some families have strong preferences for sons over daughters – leads to a reduction in... More

PUBLIC SECTOR PAY SHOULD FOLLOW THE BUSINESS CYCLE

The wages of public sector workers should grow at the same pace as private sector wages, according to research by Pedro Gomes, published in the... More

IMMIGRATION AND HOUSE PRICES: Evidence of the impact in UK local areas

A 1% increase in the number of immigrants in a local community in the UK leads to a 1.7% fall in house prices. This is because the wealthiest in the... More

MORE EDUCATION, LESS CRIME: Swedish evidence of the impact of years of schooling on criminal convictions and incarceration

The more time that young men stay in school, the less likely they are to turn to crime at any point in their lives. That is the central conclusion of... More

WHY PUPILS FROM DISADVANTAGED FAMILIES ARE MORE OFTEN FOUND IN POORLY PERFORMING SCHOOLS

Why are pupils from disadvantaged families more often found in poorly performing schools? Is it through choice (they prefer this type of school) or... More

August 2015

MOBILE PHONE CHARGES: New evidence of consumer benefits from termination rate regulation

Telecoms regulators can now be confident that their market interventions to reduce mobile operators’ prices for connecting calls – so-called... More

MAFIA’S RISE WAS FUELLED BY DEMAND FOR SICILY’S MINERAL RESOURCES

High international demand for sulphur from Sicily in the nineteenth century led to a booming economy and a growing need for private protection, which... More

MAFIA PRESENCE REDUCES THE QUALITY OF LOCAL POLITICIANS: Evidence from Italy

The dissolution of a local government in Italy due to Mafia infiltration is followed by a significant upward shift in the educational level of local... More

SOVEREIGN DEBT IN THE EUROZONE: A proposal for limited cooperative action to generate cross-country liability

The Eurozone crisis has exposed weaknesses in the design of the currency union. Research by Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz and World Bank chief... More

FINANCIAL REFORM TO CREATE COUNTER-CYCLICAL BANK CAPITAL: A proposal for ‘equity recourse notes’

The banking system urgently needs reform. The expectation that ‘too-big-to-fail’ banks may be bailed out by taxpayers implies both socially... More

THE ECONOMIC COSTS OF ORGANISED CRIME: New evidence from southern Italy

The presence of organised crime has a large, negative impact on economic growth. New research by Professor Paolo Pinotti documents this effect in the... More

IMMIGRANTS’ JOB PROSPECTS SUFFER WHEN THEY’RE CONCENTRATED IN URBAN NEIGHBOURHOODS: Evidence from eight Italian cities

Immigrants in Italy who live in neighbourhoods with a large share of non-Italians are significantly less likely to be in employment than their... More

FORMER SECRET MAFIA FILES HOLD CLUES FOR FIGHTING ORGANISED CRIME IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

New research by Dr Giovanni Mastrobuoni of the University of Essex uses declassified data on 800 Mafia members to conduct the first empirical analysis... More

HOW LANGUAGE SHAPES INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION: New evidence of the impact of ‘linguistic proximity’ on migrants’ destinations

We know that people migrate in search of better jobs, higher wages, safety and freedom of expression – but how do they select their preferred host... More

June 2015

CURBING THE CREDIT CYCLE THAT LEADS TO FINANCIAL CRISIS: New evidence to underpin macroprudential policy

Credit cycles are distinct from the business cycle in their frequency and amplitude. One of their central features is a tendency for banks... More

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