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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

The deep roots of Rebellion: Evidence from the Irish Revolution

Census records from 1911 show that 19th-century famine might have inspired descendants to rebel The Great Irish Famine of 1845-1850 may have... More

SOCIAL NETWORKING: More time spent online makes children less happy with their lives

Children who spend more time social networking online feel less happy with a number of different aspects of their lives. That is the key finding of... More

ON THE CAUSES OF BREXIT: How migration from Eastern Europe contributed to the rise of UK Euroscepticism

Migration from Eastern Europe contributed to the growth of UK scepticism about the European Union (EU) as measured by electoral support for the UK... More

UNDERSTANDING THE NEXT HOUSING CRISIS: Housing risk will stabilise affordability if supply cannot, but it might take a price crash

High UK house prices increase the probability of a crash – and it's this factor which may make houses more affordable in the long run, according to... More

CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN IN ITALY

Smart kids from outside Italy more likely to be held back at school and pushed into vocational education than natives – but this can be... More

June 2011

Unionisation Triggers Tax Incentives To Attract Foreign Direct Investment

Countries and regions with strong trade unions and relatively high wages are often surprisingly successful at attracting investment by multinational... More

The Olympic Effect: How Hosting Or Bidding For A ‘Mega-Event’ Boosts National Exports

Countries that host the Olympic games and other ‘mega-events’, such as the World Cup, enjoy a large and permanent increase in trade. That is one... More

Canvassing Public Opinion: Simple ‘Yes Or No’ Questions Get The Best Results

Simple binary questions – ‘yes or no’, ‘for or against’, ‘positive or negative’ – are the most effective way to get an accurate reading of... More

The Overrated Benefits Of Financial Innovation – Even In Normal Times

It is often claimed that innovations in financial markets, particularly around consumer credit and home mortgages, played an important role in... More

The Questionable Reliability Of International Statistics: Evidence From The Human Development Index

Small revisions to the data that go into the widely cited Human Development Index (HDI) can substantially alter a country’s position in the... More

'One Dollar, One Vote': New Evidence That Income Inequality Matters For Redistribution

New research indicates that income inequality has a significant impact on the degree of redistribution that a country pursues. Analysing more... More

Revolution: The Role Of ‘Information Cascades’ In Political Regime Change

The idea of ‘information cascades’, in which people make decisions on the basis of seeing what other people are doing, provides valuable ... More

Households In The Euro Area Have Not Yet Benefited From Financial Integration

Integration of financial markets within the euro area has so far failed to deliver for households looking to maintain their living standards and... More

Teenagers Are Key Household Decision-Makers

Teenage girls in the UK typically play an active role in family decisions about the allocation of household resources. But older children (those... More

Unionisation Triggers Tax Incentives To Attract Foreign Direct Investment

Countries and regions with strong trade unions and relatively high wages are often surprisingly successful at attracting investment by ... More

May 2011

Cutting Crime Through Education: Evidence From British School-leavers

One year of extra education significantly reduces property crime – and the costs of extra schooling are outweighed by the social benefits associated... More

Cutting Crime Through Built-In Home Security: Evidence From The Netherlands

Using burglar-proof windows and doors in new residential construction makes homes 25% less likely to be burgled than comparable new homes without... More

The Ins And Outs Of UK Unemployment

People who are thrown out of work in the UK find new jobs much more slowly than in the United States. Not much more than one in every ten unemployed... More

The Positive Effect Of Higher Pensions On Life Expectancy: Evidence From Union Army Veterans

Higher pensions not only improve the quality of life for beneficiaries but they can also substantially extend their lives. That is the central finding... More

Prospects For Public Debt Default And High Inflation: Lessons From The Forgotten History Of Domestic Debt

With surging domestic public debts in most advanced economies since the financial crisis began in 2007, research published in the May 2011 issue of... More

Psychology Drives Business Cycles

‘Animal spirits’ – or psychological factors – can account for about half of the business cycle fluctuations in the United States since the 1960s. Each... More

Credit Standards And Household Expectations: Making Sense Of The Boom And Bust In US House Prices

A loosening and tightening of mortgage credit standards drove the US house price boom and bust of the 2000s. New research by John Duca, John... More

Broadband Boosts Growth

Expanding a country’s broadband infrastructure dramatically increases national economic growth. According to research by Nina Czernich and colleagues,... More

Cutting Crime Through Private Security: Evidence From Los Angeles

Private security can be a highly cost-effective way of cutting crime, according to a study of the impact of ‘business improvement districts’ (BIDs)... More

The Ins And Outs Of UK Unemployment

People who are thrown out of work in the UK find new jobs much more slowly than in the United States. Not much more than one in every ten ... More

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