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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

April 2014

BONUSES STILL PLAY A BIG ROLE IN THE UK’S FINANCE SECTOR

The UK’s financial services sector still pays around a quarter of its wages in bonuses, compared with well below 10% in other sectors. And while... More

HIGH BONUSES DO NOT LEAD TO MORE CHARITABLE GIVING: Experimental evidence

Individuals who receive higher bonuses due to sheer good luck do not give more to charity – and in some cases, they actually give less. These are the... More

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN HIRING DECISIONS: Evidence from Fantasy Football

New research uses the ‘virtual’ labour market of Fantasy Football to assess the prevalence of racial discrimination in hiring decisions. The study... More

LINKS BETWEEN DEBT AND GROWTH

LINKS BETWEEN DEBT AND GROWTH: New historical and cross-country evidence of the dangers of a ‘one size fits all’ approach   There is scant... More

OBESITY AS AN INTERGENERATIONAL PROBLEM: Evidence of the big impact of parents’ bodyweight on children’s bodyweight

OBESITY AS AN INTERGENERATIONAL PROBLEM: Evidence of the big impact of parents’ bodyweight on children’s bodyweight If a child has obese parents,... More

MILITARY COUPS BOOST NATIONAL DEFENCE SPENDING

Most military coups result in a substantial increase in the allocation of public spending to defence, according to research by Vincenzo... More

MOONLIGHTING POLITICIANS: Evidence from Italy on how the opportunity for outside work affects MPs’ commitment

Politicians who continue to have considerable earnings from their outside work after they have been elected to parliament have higher absentee rates... More

ACTIVITIES AND ARTS HELP TODDLERS’ DEVELOPMENT

  Parents who take part in interactive and arts-related activities with their two and three year old children help to promote their happiness and... More

GREATER EQUALITY IN ACCESS TO EDUCATION HAS NOT REDUCED INEQUALITY OF INCOMES

GREATER EQUALITY IN ACCESS TO EDUCATION HAS NOT REDUCED INEQUALITY OF INCOMES: A half-century of evidence Improvements in basic education, particular... More

SOCIAL INTERACTIONS IN THE WORKPLACE: The impact of co-workers on job satisfaction in the UK

Individuals’ job satisfaction goes up when there is a larger fraction of male and older workers in the workplace and when there is a smaller fraction... More

DISCRIMINATION PARTLY TO BLAME FOR GENDER PAY GAP: Experimental evidence

Differences in earning between men and women cannot be fully explained by differences in education, skills and choice of occupation: part of the... More

FRACKING BOOSTS JOBS, WAGES AND ENERGY-INTENSIVE MANUFACTURING

FRACKING BOOSTS JOBS, WAGES AND ENERGY-INTENSIVE MANUFACTURING: Evidence from the United States Fracking has revived US oil and gas production,... More

GLOBAL INEQUALITY: New household evidence from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the Great Recession

Income inequality at the global level remains high – and the most important source is income differences between countries. These are among the... More

EFFECTS OF MIGRANT ‘SELF-SELECTION’ ON SENDING AND RECEIVING COUNTRIES

EFFECTS OF MIGRANT ‘SELF-SELECTION’ ON SENDING AND RECEIVING COUNTRIES: Evidence on US immigrants from 1880s Norway and 2000s Mexico Because 10... More

INTERNATIONAL RESERVES PROTECT COUNTRIES FROM FINANCIAL CRISES

Countries that held more international reserves relative to their short-term debt were less negatively affected by the global financial crisis and had... More

FIXED EXCHANGE RATES MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO COME OUT OF A CRISIS

The nominal exchange rate is a key adjustment tool to help countries avoid traumatic balance of payments crises. And when a country is in a crisis,... More

IT PAYS TO HAVE A COMMON AMERICAN NAME: Evidence from migration to 1920s New York

A third of European migrants to New York in the 1920s abandoned foreign-sounding names to adopt a popular American name. This widespread practice paid... More

SELF-REPORTED PREJUDICE RISES IN A RECESSION

SELF-REPORTED PREJUDICE RISES IN A RECESSION, ESPECIALLY AMONG EDUCATED, MIDDLE-AGED MEN: UK evidence Periods of high unemployment in the UK see more... More

ECONOMIC BENEFITS FROM MEMBERSHIP OF THE EUROPEAN UNION: New estimates

Membership of the European Union (EU) has had a big positive effect on average incomes in all but one of its member countries. That is the central... More

March 2014

EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION LEGISLATION

EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION LEGISLATION: New analysis of the damaging consequences for unemployed workers More stringent employment protection legislation... More

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