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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

September 2010

The Co-Evolution Of Banks And Capital Markets – Implications For Planned New Financial Regulation

New research published in the September 2010 Economic Journal casts doubt on the usefulness of the ‘banks versus capital markets’ distinction that... More

August 2010

Competition From Private Schools Boosts Achievement For Both Private And State School Students

Countries with a higher proportion of students enrolled in private schools score higher on internationally comparable exams taken by 15 year olds. New... More

School Achievement: Children From Ethnic Minorities Match Or Outstrip White Children By The End Of Compulsory Education

Just before they start school, ethnic minority children significantly underperform in early cognitive tests compared with white British-born children.... More

Counting The Cost Of The Haitian Earthquake – And Its Implications For Reconstruction

No natural disaster in recent world history has claimed the lives of so large a share of a single country’s population as the earthquake in Haiti... More

Can More Detailed Information On Student Learning Help Teachers Improve Test Scores?

Providing teachers with ‘low-stakes’ feedback on their students’ performance and conducting low-stakes classroom monitoring is not enough – on its own... More

Counting The Cost Of The Haitian Earthquake – And Its Implications For Reconstruction

No natural disaster in recent world history has claimed the lives of so large a share of a single country’s population as the earthquake in... More

School Achievement: Children From Ethnic Minorities Match Or Outstrip White Children

Just before they start school, ethnic minority children significantly underperform in early cognitive tests compared with white British-born children.... More

Learning From Trade: How Emerging Economies Can Reap The Growth Benefits Of Openness

When does trade lead to stronger growth and development outcomes? A study by Ronald Mendoza, published in the August 2010 Economic Journal, ... More

Can More Detailed Information On Student Learning Help Teachers Improve Test Scores?

Providing teachers with ‘low-stakes’ feedback on their students’ performance and conducting low-stakes classroom monitoring is not enough – on... More

Competition From Private Schools Boosts Achievement For Both Private And State School Students

Countries with a higher proportion of students enrolled in private schools score higher on internationally comparable exams taken by 15 year... More

June 2010

American Jews' Enthusiastic Celebration Of Hanukkah Driven By Competition From Christmas

Hanukkah is a minor religious holiday, barely observed by Jews in most of the world. Yet in North America, it has come to be known as the... More

Pupils Taught In Smaller Classes Get Higher Exam Marks

Class size has a very significant effect on examination marks at the end of compulsory schooling, according to new research by Dr Eskil... More

Optional Water Meters: The Downside Of Allowing Households To Choose

New research casts doubt on the policy in England and Wales that allows households to choose whether or not to have their water use metered... More

Contraception As Development: How Family Planning Programmes Improve Women’s Lives

Women in developing countries who have access to family planning programmes as teenagers stay in school longer and get better jobs later in... More

Africa’s Growth Performance: Failure Even When Government Revenues Are High

International aid in support of new resource extraction projects in Africa may be counterproductive for achieving sustained economic growth.... More

New Evidence Of How E-Commerce Creates Winners And Losers In The Retail Sector

It is by now well-known that the internet has made it much easier for consumers to compare prices and find the best local outlet to buy things... More

Dampening Demand For Medical Care: Evidence On The Impact Of Asking Patients

Introducing or increasing ‘co-payments’ in medical care – where patients contribute directly to the costs of their treatment – can be an... More

May 2010

Good Management Is Good For The Environment

Well-managed firms are substantially more energy-efficient than badly managed firms. That is the central finding of research by Nick Bloom, Ralf... More

Fast-Growing African Populations Risk More Civil Wars

Keeping a check on African population growth will reduce the frequency of civil conflicts that have killed and maimed millions of people in... More

Falling Commodity Prices Lead To Civil War

Downturns in the price of international commodities increase the probability of civil wars in African countries that are big exporters,... More

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