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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

The deep roots of Rebellion: Evidence from the Irish Revolution

Census records from 1911 show that 19th-century famine might have inspired descendants to rebel The Great Irish Famine of 1845-1850 may have... More

SOCIAL NETWORKING: More time spent online makes children less happy with their lives

Children who spend more time social networking online feel less happy with a number of different aspects of their lives. That is the key finding of... More

ON THE CAUSES OF BREXIT: How migration from Eastern Europe contributed to the rise of UK Euroscepticism

Migration from Eastern Europe contributed to the growth of UK scepticism about the European Union (EU) as measured by electoral support for the UK... More

UNDERSTANDING THE NEXT HOUSING CRISIS: Housing risk will stabilise affordability if supply cannot, but it might take a price crash

High UK house prices increase the probability of a crash – and it's this factor which may make houses more affordable in the long run, according to... More

CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN IN ITALY

Smart kids from outside Italy more likely to be held back at school and pushed into vocational education than natives – but this can be... More

March 2013

PAYING FOR PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE MAKES YOU MORE LIKELY TO USE HEALTHCARE SERVICES

People in the UK who buy their own private health insurance are more likely to use healthcare services – visiting their GP or going to hospital – than... More

CRIME FALLS WITH LONGER SENTENCES FOR HABITUAL OFFENDERS

Selectively sentencing habitual offenders to longer prison terms can dramatically lower crime rates. When targeted at the most hardened habitual... More

‘THE CHILD IS FATHER OF THE MAN’: POLICIES FOR BETTER CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT ARE THE ENGINE OF ECONOMIC GROWTH

Providing children with the foundations for a longer and healthier life gives them the incentives to value the future more and to make better choices... More

OPTIMAL BANK CAPITAL: TO REDUCE THREAT OF SYSTEMIC FINANCIAL CRISES, BASEL III REQUIREMENTS SHOULD BE MUCH HIGHER

The desirable amount of equity funding for banks to use is very much larger than they have had in recent years and higher than agreed under the Basel... More

February 2013

FISCAL CONSOLIDATION WILL NOT BOOST GROWTH

Current efforts at fiscal consolidation are unlikely to raise economic growth, according to research by Huixin Bi, Eric Leeper and Campbell Leith,... More

‘FISCAL SPACE’: A NEW MEASURE OF THE SUSTAINABILITY OF PUBLIC DEBT

Greece, Iceland, Italy, Japan and Portugal all have limited or no available room for fiscal manoeuvre before markets force them to tighten policies... More

SOVEREIGN RISK: THE IMPACT OF STRAINED GOVERNMENT FINANCES ON MACROECONOMIC STABILITY

When the economy is flat-lining or in recession, fiscal stimulus will only be effective when concerns about sovereign risk (the possibility that the... More

REDISTRIBUTION AND PUBLIC DEBT AS WAYS TO BOOST THE ECONOMY

A ‘Robin Hood’-style redistribution policy, which takes money from the rich and gives it to the poor, can boost consumption and output, although at... More

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