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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

February 2015

INTERGENERATIONAL WEALTH MOBILITY IN ENGLAND, 1858-2012: New evidence based on rare surnames

Descendants of the wealthy people of England in 1850 are still wealthy. They also have longer life spans than the average person; they are much more... More

WOMEN PREFER COOPERATION AT WORK; MEN LIKE COMPETITION

Women are more comfortable than men in a working environment that involves teamwork, according to a new experimental study by Peter Kuhn and Marie... More

WHY FIRMS PREFER NOT TO DISCLOSE THE QUALITY OF THEIR PRODUCTS – AND HOW REGULATORS MIGHT RESPOND

Rather than explicitly revealing information about the quality of their products and services, many firms prefer to signal quality through the prices... More

HIV TESTING AND RISKY SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR: The ‘nothing to lose’ effect

People surprised by HIV-positive test results increase their risky sexual behaviour, exposing their partners to HIV infection and experiencing a more... More

OBESITY LINKED TO IMPATIENCE: New US evidence

People with low levels of patience have a greater chance of becoming obese, particularly at a time when meat and high-calorie foods are relatively... More

ASSET PRICE BUBBLES: New research on the tough choices facing central bankers

Central bankers face a trade-off in the face of high and rising asset prices, according to research by John Conlon, published in the February 2015... More

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