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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 2018

BETTER AS A BIG FISH IN A SMALL POND OR A SMALL FISH IN A BIG POND?

Competing with colleagues for a promotion is just one of the many contests at the heart of modern life – and according to new research, changing the... More

THE IMPACT OF VOTING RIGHTS ON FINANCIAL SYSTEMS: Evidence from two centuries of suffrage reforms in 18 countries

Extending voting rights to broader segments of the population has a significant impact on the way that countries finance their economies. That is the... More

GAMBLING REGULATIONS: New analysis of the impossibility of protecting risk‐takers

Is it possible to regulate gambling without significantly restricting other sales mechanisms such as auctions? Not according to research by Toomas... More

SERIOUS HEALTH THREATS FROM POOR SANITATION: Evidence on anaemia in Nepal

The disease of anaemia, which has been widely thought of as largely arising from poor nutrition in developing countries, turns out to be shaped by... More

THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT: Impact on local economies

The cost of creating each new job through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was approximately $53,000, according to research by Bill Dupor... More

May 2018

SAVING LIVES THROUGH GUN PURCHASE WAITING PERIODS: New evidence

Gun purchase waiting periods don't stop mass shootings but they can save hundreds of lives a year – maybe thousands – that suicide would have ended.... More

DEMAND FOR MEDICAL CARE: Evidence of the impact of ‘reference health’

How much medical care people choose to consume is influenced not just by their current health but also by the level of health to which they become... More

AMERICANS PICK LONGER COMMUTES OVER HIGHER TAXES: New evidence

US households are willing to accept longer commutes to work in exchange for lower state income taxes, according to research by David Agrawal and... More

CHOICE OF UNIVERSITY SUBJECT & LATER LIFE OUTCOMES: Italian evidence

In classes where there is a majority of boys, relatively low-achieving male school students are more likely to choose to study economics, business or... More

ACCESS TO CITIZENSHIP PROMOTES IMMIGRANTS’ ECONOMIC ASSIMILATION

Reforms in Germany that allowed some immigrants to naturalise up to eight years faster than others boosted their economic and social assimilation.... 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

GETTING UNEMPLOYED YOUTH INTO WORK: Evidence from Ethiopia on the effectiveness of transport subsidies

Unemployed youth in urban Ethiopia who are provided with transport subsidies increase the intensity with which they look for work and are more likely... More

THE IMPACT OF THE FIRST WOMEN JURORS ON COURTROOM DECISIONS

The addition of women to juries in England in the early twentieth century had a significant impact on conviction rates, particularly for cases in... More

‘HARMLESS’ CHEATING IN THE LAB LINKED TO MISBEHAVIOUR IN REAL LIFE

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

ALL ROADS LEAD TO AMERICA: New evidence on transit migration

Blocking direct migration from developing countries to high-income countries, such as the United States, might have many unintended and unforeseen... More

COMPETITION IN THE MARKET FOR LUXURY GOODS WASTES RESOURCES

When the goal of luxury purchases is to signal their buyers’ incomes – ‘conspicuous consumption’ – then a monopoly will deliver those signals... More

BOOSTING PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH VIA IMMIGRATION: New evidence of the impact of migrants as drivers of knowledge diffusion

International migration, particularly of skilled people, is an important influence on the diffusion of knowledge across national borders, promoting... More

MIGRANT NETWORKS BOOST TRADE: Evidence from the Vietnamese Boat People

Following the 1994 lifting of US trade sanctions against Vietnam, the share of US exports going to its former enemy was higher and more diversified in... More

THE OPENNESS-EQUALITY TRADE-OFF: Potential lessons from the Gulf for migration policies in OECD countries

At a time when fights over migration are dividing rich countries and fracturing their politics, a study to be published in the July 2018 issue of the... More

THE IMPACT OF REMITTANCES ON GROWTH AND POVERTY: New evidence

The recent surge in remittances from migrant workers to their native countries may be overestimated, according to research by Michael Clemens and... More

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