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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 2011

Productivity Differences Between Rich And Poor Countries: New Evidence From Trade Data

Differences in productivity between rich and poor countries are systematically larger in sectors that require skilled labour and extensive research... More

Teamwork: How To Close The Gender Competition Gap

Women are much more willing to compete as part of a team than as individuals. Nearly two thirds of the gap between men and women in the ... More

Oil Prices and Monetary Policy: New Research Evidence

The US Federal Reserve did not cause the recessions of the 1970s and early 1980s by raising interest rates in response to unexpectedly higher... More

High Local Taxes Are A Threat To Jobs

Higher local authority taxes reduce employment in existing firms, according to research by Gilles Duranton, Laurent Gobillon and Henry Overman. But... More

August 2011

The Long Reach Of Childhood Health And Circumstance: New Evidence From The Whitehall II Study

Childhood circumstances have large effects on career success, according to the latest analysis of Whitehall II, the well-known and widely respected... More

Parents’ Spending On Their Children: New Survey Evidence

There is no easy answer to the question ‘how much do parents spend on their children?’ using conventional data. But based on a novel Danish... More

DEBATING THE IMPACT OF PUBLIC POLICY: Top US economist calls for us all to recognise the extent of our uncertainty

Both politicians and journalists should be deeply sceptical of analysts in academia, thinktanks and government agencies who seem unwavering in their... More

Parents’ Spending On Their Children: New Survey Evidence

There is no easy answer to the question ‘how much do parents spend on their children?’ using conventional data. But based on a novel Danish... More

Mortality Risks In The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami: The Impact Of Household Composition

In Aceh, Indonesia, the Indian ocean region that suffered the most deaths in the 2004 tsunami, people in households with more adult males were... More

The Long Reach Of Childhood Health And Circumstance: New Evidence From The Whitehall II Study

Childhood circumstances have large effects on career success, according to the latest analysis of Whitehall II, the well-known and widely... More

Debating The Impact Of Public Policy: Top Us Economist Calls For Us All To Recognise

Both politicians and journalists should be deeply sceptical of analysts in academia, thinktanks and government agencies who seem unwavering in... More

Hospital Competition In The Nhs Saves Lives

Hospital competition in the National Health Service (NHS) in England lowers death rates, according to research by Dr Zack Cooper and colleagues,... More

June 2011

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 over... 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 insights into... 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 the... 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 global... 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 of... 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 public... 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 than 25... More

Households In The Euro Area Have Not Yet Benefited From FINANCIAL Integration To ‘Smooth’ Their Spending Patterns

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

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