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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

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 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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