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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

September 2013

The Consequences of Teenage Childbearing: New US Estimates

Teenage mothers in the United States face less desirable outcomes in later life than their peers. But the adverse causal effects of teen motherhood... More

How financial markets affect the real economy- and how monetary policy should react

HOW FINANCIAL MARKETS AFFECT THE REAL ECONOMY – AND HOW MONETARY POLICY SHOULD REACT: New analysis by ECB economists An adverse shock to financial... More

New study proposes ‘optimal rules of thumb’ for household saving and investment decisions

PERSONAL FINANCIAL ADVICE: New study proposes ‘optimal rules of thumb’ for household saving and investment decisions Complicated academic models of... More

More Generous Pensions Reduce Incentives to Stay in Work, Especially for the Less Educated

MORE GENEROUS PENSIONS REDUCE INCENTIVES TO STAY IN WORK, ESPECIALLY FOR THE LESS EDUCATED: Evidence from Ukraine Workers in emerging economies who... More

Unemployment Insurance for the Self-Employed: Danish evidence of the impact on business failure

Self-employed men in Denmark who are covered by unemployment insurance are more likely to become unemployed than those who are not covered. But any... More

Forced Migrants' in Post-War Germany: New evidence of long term economic disadvantage

The displacement of millions of ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe to West Germany during and after World War II had significant and mostly negative... More

August 2013

EVALUATING RESEARCH QUALITY: How peer review panels should make their REF assessments

With more than five billion pounds of taxpayers’ money due to be doled out to UK universities next year, two economists suggest that the government... More

USES AND ABUSES OF ECONOMICS JOURNAL RANKINGS

The average number of citations by other scholars that each paper in an economic journal attracts is an incomplete measure of the quality of a newly... More

JOURNAL RANKINGS MAY DETER ECONOMISTS FROM ADDRESSING BIG QUESTIONS

Issues such as climate change, innovation, health and good governance would all benefit from more input from economics. Yet the incentives in the... More

IMMIGRANT CHILDREN in schools have near-zero effect on results of native-born children

The educational achievement of native children is almost completely unaffected by the presence of immigrant children, according to research by Dr... More

NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN ENGLAND

We should not be concerned about the growing proportion of children in England’s primary schools for whom languages other than English are their... More

EDUCATION AND LANGUAGE PLAY A KEY ROLE IN BUILDING NATIONAL IDENTITY

The introduction of bilingual teaching in Catalonia’s education system in the early 1980s had a big positive effect on Catalan identity, according to... More

‘LIFE-CHANGING’ EVENTS ARE SIMPLY NOT LIFE-CHANGING

The loss of a loved one, being promoted at work or becoming ill have little effect on people’s beliefs about cause and effect in life events. That is... More

June 2013

COMPETITION AT WORK: New evidence on how male and female teachers respond to performance-related pay schemes

Women are no less competitive than men in the workplace, according to experimental research with teachers in Israel by Professor Victor Lavy. His... More

‘INTERIM PERFORMANCE EVALUATION’: New analysis of its impact on the eventual outcomes of investment projects

The value of assessing how well a project is going before it is completed depends on whether the intention is to continue whatever the results of the... More

‘TIME TO COOK’: Evidence from Spain on how retired men and women spend their time and money

A fall in people’s spending on groceries when they retire does not necessarily mean that they are consuming less food. According to research by Maria... More

MIXED ABILITY CLASSES RAISE AVERAGE ACHIEVEMENT AND REDUCE INEQUALITY: New evidence of ‘peer effects’ in early years education

School children aged 6 and 7 who are randomly assigned to classmates with higher levels of prior achievement learn substantially more by the end of... More

THE GLOBAL POP MUSIC INDUSTRY: No evidence of damage to national cultures

Fears of cultural globalisation in which American products dominate the market seem to be misplaced, at least for the pop music business. That is the... More

May 2013

USING MARKETS TO FORECAST CLIMATE CHANGE: New study shows their potential for prediction

Markets could be used to predict climate change and other long-term events, according to research by Dr Lionel Page and Professor Robert Clemen,... More

EXPERIENCE MAKES YOU TOUGHER: Evidence from Competition Commission decision-making

The chances of a company being found guilty of abuse of a monopoly position by the UK’s Competition Commission increase enormously if the chair of the... More

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