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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

REDUCING CRIME THROUGH JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR RELEASED PRISONERS

People who leave prison when there are more construction and manufacturing jobs available are better able to reintegrate into society and break the... More

MATERNAL PERSONALITY AND CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE

Babies born to mothers who hold a stronger belief that their fate is in their own hands and not down to luck tend to perform better in their GCSE... More

PAID PARENTAL LEAVE AND CHILDREN’S COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

Prolonged paid parental leave and the opportunity it provides for mothers to spend more time with their offspring can have long lasting effects on... More

REDUCING VIOLENT CRIME LINKED TO DRUGS

New evidence of the powerful impact of US medical marijuana laws Medical marijuana laws reduce violent crime in US counties on the Mexican border,... More

THE ‘WITCH CRAZE’ OF 16th & 17th CENTURY EUROPE

Economists uncover religious competition as driving force of witch hunts Economists Peter Leeson and Jacob Russ of George Mason University have... 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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