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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

April 2015

THE SPREAD OF HIV INFECTION AMONG YOUNG AFRICAN WOMEN: Its roots in the slave trade

The slave trade created patterns of sexual behaviour that continue to contribute to the long-term spread of HIV among young women in sub-Saharan... More

BROADBAND ACCESS: All very useful but it doesn’t make UK firms more successful

Broadband use has no significant effect on the performance of firms – and policies designed to improve broadband access are unlikely to make firms... More

BOND MARKETS ACCELERATE ECONOMIC RECOVERY WHEN BANKS CUT LOANS: US lessons for Europe

Countries where businesses can easily raise finance in the bond market typically experience faster and stronger recoveries from a recession, according... More

THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION WAS DRIVEN BY MONEY AS WELL AS GOD

When Martin Luther started the Protestant Reformation in Germany in the 16th century he claimed ‘special divine grace’ was the secret of his success... More

CAR INSURANCE PRICES: New evidence of indirect gender discrimination

The cost of car insurance for young men in predominantly male occupations such as plumbers and civil engineers became relatively higher following the... More

SKILLED CITIES DRIVE GROWTH: How Beijing and Bangalore overtake Detroit and Newcastle

Reduced international communication costs will trigger the offshoring of middle skilled activities from industrialised to developing countries,... More

HIGHER UNIVERSITY FEES REDUCE APPLICATIONS AND ATTENDANCE

Increases in tuition fees have a negative effect on university applications, particularly for courses with lower expected salaries after graduation.... More

DON'T BLAME THE ROBOTS: Education hollows out the UK labour market too

We are overestimating technology's role as the culprit in the 'hollowing out' of the UK labour market, as employment in high- and low-skilled jobs has... More

BIG BENEFITS OF FINANCIAL LITERACY: New US evidence

Having the knowledge and skills to manage one’s personal finances has big financial benefits, according to research by Georgios Panos and colleagues,... More

A HELPING HAND FOR GIRLS: Evidence of overmarking in French schools

Girls in French schools in the 6th grade (the UK equivalent of year 7) are overmarked by 6% compared with boys – but the bias is helping them to... More

BIG GROWTH DISADVANTAGES OF BEING IN THE SINGLE MARKET BUT OUTSIDE THE EUROPEAN UNION: New evidence from Norway

Norway would clearly benefit from membership of the European Union (EU), according to new research by Nauro Campos and colleagues to be presented at... More

THE BENEFITS OF FINDING EMPLOYEES VIA SOCIAL NETWORKS: New experimental evidence

If you want to recruit hard-working employees, using social networks like LinkedIn may encourage new employees to give up to 50% more effort,... More

‘PRESENTEEISM’: Evidence from Germany that more than half of employees go to work when they should be off sick

Fear of the sack contributes to the majority of people going to work at least once a year when they should be taking a sickie. On average, people drag... More

EYE CARE SERVICE IN SCOTLAND: Did the Scots get it right?

The introduction of free eye care in Scotland, in the form of a removal of user charges, has resulted in a mixed response from people in Scotland and... More

BENEFIT RECEIPT MORE WIDESPREAD AND INEQUALITY LOWER IN THE LONG RUN

Almost three times as many people interact with the benefit system over an 18-year period than in a single year on average. As most analyses of... More

March 2015

WESTERN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE DOESN’T NECESSARILY IMPROVE BUSINESS PERFORMANCE: Evidence from India

Indian firms in which ownership is concentrated in one family do not perform less well than those using Anglo-American corporate governance, according... More

WHEN HOUSE PRICES FALL, HOUSEHOLD SAVINGS DON’T GO UP: Evidence from the Netherlands

People are not using the value of their homes as a way to save, according to new analysis of Dutch data. The research by Eduard Suari-Andreu, to be... More

FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY IN THE EUROZONE PERIPHERY: New evidence on policy responses to budget deficits

High interest rate premia on Greek public debt reflect two things, according to research by Roberto De Santis and colleagues to be presented at the... More

PRICES ON THE INTERNET: More flexible than in conventional stores but still not fully flexible

The internet has changed our shopping habits, but it hasn't created the near-perfect price flexibility that classical economic models would predict or... More

HOW DO YOU STOP YOUR DAUGHTER BECOMING A TEENAGE MUM? Expect the best for them

Girls whose parents expect them to stay at school are less likely to become parents in their teens, according to new research to be presented at the... More

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