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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

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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