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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 2015

AMERICAN INEQUALITY IS RISING, BUT DON’T BLAME SCHOOLS: New evidence finds that the income-achievement gap has narrowed

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the US income-achievement gap – the difference in educational success between the children of rich and poor Americans... More

MONETARY POLICY SURPRISES CAUSE REAL ECONOMIC DAMAGE: Lessons for any change in the inflation target

Surprise policy announcements by central banks can have damaging consequences, according to new research by Irfan Qureshi to be presented at the Royal... More

FINANCIAL MARKETS ARE MORE FORWARD-LOOKING THAN WE THOUGHT: New evidence from their behaviour around Fed policy decisions

Financial markets use forward guidance and macroeconomic indicators to adjust their behaviour much further in advance of the Federal Reserve’s... More

TACKLING TAX EVASION: Voluntary disclosure programmes boost tax revenues despite creating stronger incentives to evade

Offering tax evaders the opportunity to come clean voluntarily with reduced penalties is the best way to maximise tax revenues – even though it... More

BOOSTING SELF ESTEEM HELPS SEX WORKERS INVEST IN A BETTER FUTURE: Evidence from a psychological training programme in India

A psychological training programme given to a group of sex workers in Kolkota, India, not only increased their self-esteem, it also helped them to... More

FISCAL LIMITS: Cross-country differences in the level at which public debt is out of control

New research on the highest public debt that a selection of countries could repay – their ‘fiscal limits’ – warns of an Italian debt crisis. The study... More

THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCESS TO CREDIT IN TIMES OF ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER: Evidence from Ireland’s Great Famine

Access to credit plays a profound role in short- and medium-run adjustment to adverse environmental shocks in subsistence or near-subsistence... More

EFFECTS OF FISCAL CONSOLIDATION ON BUSINESS INVESTMENT: Evidence from Germany

Budget cuts and tax increases are harming future business investment and growth in the Europe, while new government policies relaxing these austerity... More

DEFER YOUR STATE PENSION FOR THE BEST INVESTMENT RETURNS

Pensioners who choose to defer their pensions probably achieve a better return for their pension pots than any other investment including the... More

LIMITED HUMAN ATTENTION DRIVES RISKIER BEHAVIOUR: Evidence from World Cup alpine skiing

People typically focus on the leftmost digit of a number and pay only partial attention to other digits – and in World Cup alpine ski events, this... More

THE SKILL MIX OF IMMIGRANTS TO RICH COUNTRIES: Long-run evidence from Switzerland

Increasing demand for highly skilled professionals has been a key driver of immigration to OECD countries over the past 30 years. So too in Europe has... More

ETHOPIAN WOMEN’S TRUE ATTITUDES TOWARDS FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION: New survey evidence

Social pressure to conform may have led researchers to underestimate approval of female genital mutilation (FGM) among women in Ethiopia, according to... More

MORE EDUCATION REDUCES ‘HOME BIAS’ AMONG INVESTORS

Having a better education reduces people’s tendency to overinvest in their domestic economy, according to new research from the University of Glasgow... More

PERSONALITY TRAITS AND WORKPLACE PRODUCTIVITY: Evidence from a laboratory experiment

Personality traits such as conscientiousness and neuroticism are significantly related to workers’ productivity, according to research by Ana... More

GROWTH BENEFITS OF REDISTRIBUTION AND LOWER INEQUALITY: Cross-country evidence

Lower inequality is strongly correlated with faster and more durable growth, according to research by Charalambos Tsangarides and colleagues, to be... More

EARLY YEARS POLICY IN THE UK: Political parties should be clear about the objectives of childcare policy

Economists are discussing the costs and benefits of free part-time nursery places at the Royal Economic Society’s 2015 annual conference at the... More

SOCIABLE STUDENTS MAKE MORE MONEY: Evidence from US high school kids

Young people with a larger network of friends at school build more social skills, which can lead to higher earnings later in life. That is the main... More

‘FIRST-WAVE’ ACADEMY SCHOOLS BOOSTED PUPIL PERFORMANCE

Giving struggling schools more freedom and stronger leadership leads to large improvements in pupil performance. What’s more, the greater the autonomy... More

MORE SUNSHINE WON’T MAKE YOU HAPPIER: New research on weather and wellbeing

MORE SUNSHINE WON’T MAKE YOU HAPPIER: New research on weather and wellbeing New research dispels the commonly believed notion that rain, or periods of... More

LONDON’S CONGESTION CHARGE HAS MADE ROADS SAFER FOR ALL

The introduction of London’s congestion charge led to a substantial reduction in the number of accidents in the city and a significant decline in the... More

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