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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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Featured Media Briefings


Pharmacists in small Italian cities where they are effectively monopolies will jack up the prices of products desperately needed by hard-pressed... More


Breaking the rules. Almost daily we hear about someone who has cheated to get ahead – students using a study app to get answers for a final exam; two... More

SOCIAL DIVISIONS: India’s caste system as an exemplar of why members of different groups refuse to interact

Social divisions – such as the divisions between ‘tribes’ or ‘clans’ in developing countries, or the divisions between racial or religious groups in... More

EFFECTS OF COAL-BASED AIR POLLUTION ON MORTALITY RATES: New evidence from nineteenth century Britain

Industrialised cities in mid-nineteenth century Britain probably suffered from similar levels of air pollution as urban centres in China and India do... More

HOW CIVIL CONFLICT DISRUPTS THE ECONOMY: New evidence from the West Bank and Gaza

Conflict in Palestine in the early 2000s had a devastating effect on the economy, largely because local manufacturing firms were unable to get access... More

May 2010

Comparing Our Income With Others Makes Us Unhappy

People who compare their incomes with those of other people are less happy on average, especially if they compare with friends and family... More

US Defence Contractor Stocks Provide Evidence Of The Impact Of Government Spending Shocks

How does the economy respond to a surprise change in government spending? A study by Jonas Fisher and Ryan Peters, published in the May 2010 issue... More

Free Trade Agreements Boost Established Exporters

Do new free trade agreements encourage exports of new products and entry of new firms into export markets – or do they only benefit existing... More

Asset Price Bubbles Drove Global Trade Imbalances

Fed chairman Ben Bernanke’s ‘savings glut’ hypothesis to explain large global imbalances in trade between deficit countries like the United... More

Averting Economic Armageddon With A ‘Super Chapter 11’

A ‘super Chapter 11’ – akin to US procedures for restructuring businesses’ balance sheets after bankruptcy – could play a crucial role in... More

March 2010

Children Of Immigrant Groups Do Better Than Their Parents In European Labour Markets – But Still Not As Well As Children Of Native-Born Parents

The labour market performance of most immigrant groups in France, Germany and the UK is worse on average than that of the native population, according... More

Restricting Alcohol Reduces Violent Crime

Restricting the recreational consumption of alcohol – by instituting so-called ‘dry laws’ that limit bar opening hours – can have a dramatic... More

Lobbying For Legislators' Vote

How do lobbyists for special interest groups decide on the right amount of money to spend to influence the votes of legislators? Research by... More

New Evidence On The Allocation Of Work And Income Within Married And Unmarried Couples

Research published in the March 2010 Economic Journal sheds light on the division of labour within households as well as how men and women... More

The Downside Of Competition Between Trading Platforms

Competition between trading institutions like eBay and many ‘business-to-business’ (B2B) platforms can produce outcomes for buyers and sellers... More

Governments Should Encourage Investment In Basic Research

Research and development (R&D) is vital for future economic growth, but it is the quality not the quantity of investment in R&D that... More

Explaining The 'Great Moderation': The Impact Of Productivity, Improved Monetary

Reduced reliance on oil and the absence of big oil supply shocks played a major role in the ‘taming’ of inflation over the past quarter... More

Weather To Go To College: How Cloud Cover Encourages University Enrolment

Prospective students who visit a university on a cloudy day are more likely to decide to go there. That is the central finding of new research... More

Meeting Of Minds: Explaining How Groups Of People Converge On ‘Focal Points’

New research by a group of experimental economists provides the first hard evidence of ‘team reasoning’ – the idea that that a group of people... More

Economic Inequality Drives A Country’s Political System

Countries with greater inequality are more likely to have a ‘majoritarian’ constitutions – either presidential systems as in the United States... More

Enforcing Minimum Wage Laws: The Importance Of Governments Making

Minimum wage laws may not always be obeyed, particularly in developing countries, but such non-compliance does not necessarily mean that... More

February 2010

The Renewed Importance Of Monitoring Monetary Aggregates For Monetary Policy-Making

Monitoring developments in monetary aggregates has once again become a key element of monetary policy-making, according to research by Philip... More

Children Of Immigrants Follow Their Parents’ Lead On Feelings Of Ethnic Identity

There is a strong ‘intergenerational transmission’ of ethnic identity from immigrant parents to their children, according to research by... More

Paying Doctors For Quality: Intended And Unintended Consequences

The NHS ‘quality and outcomes framework’ (QOF), which introduced greater incentive pay for doctors, led to modest improvements in the quality... More

Immigrants’ Ready Assimilation Of British Identity Suggests We Need Not Fear A 'Culture Clash’

Contrary to what many people seem to believe, Britain is not riven by a large-scale culture clash. Indeed, despite widespread fears about the... More

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