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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

December 2013

SAUDI ARABIA: New analysis of the ‘dominant producer’ in the world’s oil market

Saudi Arabia’s position as one of the largest players in the global oil market, producing more than a tenth of the world’s output and owning a quarter... More

AFRICA REMAINS STRONGLY INFLUENCED BY PRE-COLONIAL INSTITUTIONS

Pre-colonial institutions in sub-Saharan Africa continue to exert a powerful influence on current outcomes. For example, women whose ethnic groups... More

JOB PROTECTION LEGISLATION REDUCES PAY FOR NEW HIRES AND YOUNGER WORKERS

JOB PROTECTION LEGISLATION REDUCES PAY FOR NEW HIRES AND YOUNGER WORKERS: Evidence from Italy Policies intended to reduce unemployment and promote... More

SUICIDES RISE WITH GROWING NUMBER OF FIREARM BACKGROUND CHECKS

SUICIDES RISE WITH GROWING NUMBER OF FIREARM BACKGROUND CHECKS: New American evidence Reduced access to firearms in the United States should lead to... More

WHO SHRUNK CHINA?

WHO SHRUNK CHINA? New evidence that the country’s real GDP per capita has been underestimated Average real incomes in China are 15% higher than... More

CANADA’S MINIMUM WAGE RESULTS IN MORE STABLE JOBS BUT FEWER OF THEM

An increase in the minimum wage in Canada results in fewer jobs for workers with relatively low levels of education, but those who do have jobs are... More

MEASURING PEOPLE’S BELIEFS ABOUT THE TRUSTWORTHINESS OF OTHERS

MEASURING PEOPLE’S BELIEFS ABOUT THE TRUSTWORTHINESS OF OTHERS: New experimental evidence What measure should we trust to measure trust? Research by... More

FIGHTING CORRUPTION

FIGHTING CORRUPTION: Evidence from Canada and Burkina Faso that lab experiments provide valuable insights Lab experiments should become a powerful... More

HIGHER PAID PARLIAMENTARIANS MAKE LESS EFFORT

There is a significant link between how much members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are paid and the work effort they put in, according to research... More

November 2013

ONLINE SHOPPERS FAVOUR WHITE SELLERS: Experimental evidence from the United States

ONLINE SHOPPERS FAVOUR WHITE SELLERS: Experimental evidence from the United States An economic experiment that advertised iPods online from black and... More

JEWISH DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ARABS: Evidence from the Israeli market for used cars

New research finds robust evidence of discrimination against Arab buyers and sellers in the online market for used cars in Israel. The study by Dr... More

PENALTY POLICIES FOR BREACHES OF COMPETITION LAW

PENALTY POLICIES FOR BREACHES OF COMPETITION LAW: The damaging effects of fines based on corporate revenues Fines on companies for anti-competitive... More

COMPETITION POLICY FOR MEDIA INDUSTRIES

COMPETITION POLICY FOR MEDIA INDUSTRIES: How to evaluate the ‘upward pricing pressure’ of mergers in ‘two-sided markets’ In media markets, such as the... More

FINES FOR CORPORATE CRIMES

FINES FOR CORPORATE CRIMES: Regulators should impose penalties on profits not company revenues When companies are found guilty of such crimes as... More

RESALE PRICE MAINTENANCE: New evidence of why firms do it and what makes them stop

Manufacturers reported to the UK’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for imposing a minimum resale price on their products are more likely to become... More

EUROPEAN MERGER POLICY

EUROPEAN MERGER POLICY: Progress but more work needed, especially to prevent anti-competitive mergers. European policy on mergers is on the right... More

CARTELS AND THEIR RINGLEADERS: New evidence of anti-competitive practices in European industry

Price fixing and bid rigging by groups of firms in Europe are not solely the preserve of highly concentrated industries. According to research by... More

MANAGEMENT AND UNIVERSITY PERFORMANCE

MANAGEMENT AND UNIVERSITY PERFORMANCE: Good practices have a big impact on research and teaching outcomes There are big differences in management... More

September 2013

CHILDREN’S SCHOOL RESULTS

CHILDREN’S SCHOOL RESULTS: No evidence of either positive or negative ‘neighbourhood effects’ in England The quality of your neighbours – good or bad... More

Greater Information Disclosure by Central Banks comes at a cost to Society

There are substantial costs associated with the greater disclosure of information by central banks, which may outweigh the benefits. That is the... More

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