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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

EXPERT EVALUATORS FAVOURING THEIR COMPATRIOTS: Evidence from dressage competitions

The equestrian sport of dressage is the only Olympic competition in which men and women compete as equals with the outcomes determined by subjective... More

PEOPLE MAY BE OVERPAYING FOR LEASE EXTENSIONS IN THE UK: Evidence from London

People may be paying too high a price to extend the leases on their homes according to new research from the London School of Economics and Political... 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 uncovered new evidence to resolve the longstanding puzzle posed by the ‘witch... More

LABOUR MARKET EFFECTS OF INTERNAL MIGRATION: Evidence from Indonesia

People who relocate within Indonesia are typically more educated and more likely to be employed in higher-paid and secure jobs than those who stay... More

MARRIAGE AS INSURANCE: How our degree of risk aversion influences whom we marry

New research uses the economics of insurance to help understand who marries whom. The study by Johannes Gierlinger and Sarolta Laczó, published in the... More

May 2011

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

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 ... 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’... More

Credit Standards And Household Expectations: Making Sense Of The Boom And Bust

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

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

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

Broadband Boosts Growth

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

March 2011

How Developing Countries Rich In Natural Resources Should Harness The Revenues For Growth

Developing countries that are well endowed with natural resources should use the revenues to increase wages and employment, boost private and public... More

More Oil, Less Democracy: Evidence From Worldwide Crude Oil Discoveries

The more valuable the oil resources of a non-democratic country, the less likely it is to become democratic. That is the key conclusion of research by... More

Natural Resource Abundance Can Boost Economic Development: Evidence From Oil-rich Counties Of The American South

Parts of the world that enjoy an abundance of natural resources need not find it a curse. Indeed, in the right circumstances, such riches can be... More

Institutional Quality And The Curse Of Natural Resources

The quality of a country’s political institutions determines whether an endowment of natural resources turns out to be a curse or a blessing. Where... More

Barriers To New Retailers Raise Prices And Reduce Jobs

Regulations that prevent new retail outlets being set up have a series of damaging consequences, including reducing local employment and investment... More

Studying Abroad Makes Graduates More Likely To Work Abroad

Attracting overseas students can serve as a policy to increase the future inflow of highly talented workers. That is the implication of research... More

Inequality In Pre-Industrial Societies – And Lessons For Today

Pre-industrial societies had about the same level of measured inequality as rich, modern societies, but their elites extracted a much greater share of... More

Household Wealth: First Estimates For The Whole World

Research published in the March 2011 Economic Journal provides the first comprehensive estimates of the level and distribution of global household... More

Over-Sixties Pushed Into Early Retirement By New Technology

Technical change, which benefits many in the economy by increasing their productivity and incomes, also causes losses to some older workers, who find... More

Institutional Quality And The Curse Of Natural Resources

The quality of a country’s political institutions determines whether an endowment of natural resources turns out to be a curse or a blessing.... More

Natural Resource Abundance Can Boost Economic Development: Evidence

Parts of the world that enjoy an abundance of natural resources need not find it a curse. Indeed, in the right circumstances, such riches can be... More

More Oil, Less Democracy: Evidence From Worldwide Crude Oil Discoveries

The more valuable the oil resources of a non-democratic country, the less likely it is to become democratic. That is the key conclusion of... More

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