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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

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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