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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 2014

TEMPORARY CONTRACTS IN EUROPEAN ECONOMIES

TEMPORARY CONTRACTS IN EUROPEAN ECONOMIES: New evidence of their key role in job creation Allowing firms to use temporary contracts has contributed... More

THE IMPACT OF EXTREME WEATHER ON CIVIL CONFLICT

THE IMPACT OF EXTREME WEATHER ON CIVIL CONFLICT: Centuries of evidence on droughts, floods and crops in China Droughts in China have historically... More

BETTING ON FOOTBALL MATCHES

BETTING ON FOOTBALL MATCHES: Prices respond quickly to goals Markets respond efficiently to news, according to research by Karen Croxson and James... More

MISPRICED BETS ON TENNIS MATCHES

MISPRICED BETS ON TENNIS MATCHES: Evidence from Wimbledon illustrates the trader’s problem of processing information The mispricing of bets on the... More

RETIREMENT RAISES HAPPINESS OF UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE

Unemployed people are much happier as soon as they retire, according to research by Clemens Hetschko, Andreas Knabe and Ronnie Schöb. Their study,... More

CLIMATE AND CONFLICT: Evidence of a weak link between drought and the likelihood of civil war

CLIMATE AND CONFLICT: Evidence of a weak link between drought and the likelihood of civil war Drought-stricken African countries that are more... More

February 2014

EXECUTIVE PAY IN THE UNITED STATES

EXECUTIVE PAY IN THE UNITED STATES: New evidence of the impact of corporate governance reform Average executive pay in the United States is... More

VOTERS PAY MORE ATTENTION TO SUBSTANCE THAN STYLE

VOTERS PAY MORE ATTENTION TO SUBSTANCE THAN STYLE: Evidence from a Canadian referendum campaign The medium is not the message, according to a study... More

EXECUTIVE PAY AND FIRM SIZE: American CEOs’ compensation has continued to track their companies’ market values during and after the crisis

Executive compensation at the top US-based firms closely tracked the evolution of firm market values over the period 2004-2011. That is the central... More

EXECUTIVE PAY IN THE UK: Even after the crisis, shareholders have failed to curb excesses

Despite public calls for shareholders to get tough on executive pay, a new study of the UK’s highest paid company directors reveals that shareholders... More

EXECUTIVE PAY IN CHINA: New evidence of its rapid rise and growing link to firm performance

The pay of chief executive officers (CEOs) in China has been rising rapidly over the last decade. What’s more, it is increasingly linked to corporate... More

WOMEN IN THE BOARDROOM: New evidence of persistent gender bias at the UK’s top companies

The UK’s biggest companies remain biased when appointing women to their boards, according to new research by Dr Ian Gregory-Smith and colleagues,... More

POLITICAL CAMPAIGNING: New evidence that personal contact with the electorate wins their votes

For many candidates for public office, effective election campaigning may be as simple as saying hello. That is the conclusion of experimental... More

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF VOTE-BUYING

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF VOTE-BUYING: Evidence from a West African election The distribution of cash for votes is effective in mobilising voters to... More

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGNS AGAINST ELECTORAL VIOLENCE:

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGNS AGAINST ELECTORAL VIOLENCE: Evidence from Nigeria’s 2007 elections Grassroots campaigning against violence... More

IN A TIGHT ELECTION, ‘FIRST-PAST-THE-POST’ GETS A BIGGER VOTER TURNOUT

IN A TIGHT ELECTION, ‘FIRST-PAST-THE-POST’ GETS A BIGGER VOTER TURNOUT THAN PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION Voter turnout is generally higher under... More

WHY THE BENEFITS OF COMPETITION ARE OFTEN LOST

WHY THE BENEFITS OF COMPETITION ARE OFTEN LOST: New evidence on when competition is rejected despite its positive effects on cooperation Competition... More

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