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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

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 published in the July 2018 issue of the... More

WEALTH INEQUALITY IN CHILDHOOD AND BEYOND: New Danish evidence

Even in famously egalitarian Denmark, there are people who enter adulthood with substantial wealth amassed from transfers throughout childhood. What’s... More

HOW WEALTH IS TRANSMITTED ACROSS GENERATIONS: Evidence from Sweden

Inheritances play a more important role than education and income in the transmission of wealth between parents and children: it accounts for half of... More

EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS: The impact on cross-border shopping and commuting

Soaring franc causes Swiss shoppers to pop across to Italy each morning – while Italian workers head in the other direction A strong franc increased... More

THE EFFECTS OF REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS: Forecasts may be underestimating productivity benefits

Modern techniques for evaluating the impact of regional trade agreements like the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)... More

March 2018

FOREIGN INVESTMENT RAISES UK HOUSE PRICES

Demand from foreign investors has had a significant and positive effect on UK house price growth over the last 15 years, according to research by... More

BITCOIN REVEALS EXCHANGE RATE MANIPULATION & DETECTS CAPITAL CONTROLS

The internationally traded cryptocurrency Bitcoin is being used to circumvent manipulated exchange rates and restrictions on international financial... More

SCHENGEN AGREEMENT BOOSTS CROSS-BORDER COMMUTING

Implementation of the Schengen Agreement, which abolishes internal borders and enables passport-free movements across member states, increases... More

RAISING UK EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS: The impact of governance reforms

School autonomy in itself might not be enough to improve educational standards, according to research by Lorenzo Neri and Elisabetta Pasini, to be... More

POLICE-MONITORED CAMERAS: The impact on crime

Police cameras do reduce crime in monitored areas – but unfortunately crime is displaced to other areas. That is the central finding of research on... More

SPECIALISED DEGREES: Higher earnings but fewer entrepreneurs

Graduates with specialised degrees have higher earnings, but are less likely to become entrepreneurs, according to research by Dr Margaret Leighton,... More

DIFFICULTIES WITH MORTGAGE REPAYMENT: Determinants of borrower distress in the UK owner-occupier and buy-to-let markets

The global financial crisis has highlighted the need for a better understanding of the conditions in which some borrowers in the mortgage market... More

VOLUNTEERING FOR A NATIONALIST WAR: Evidence from Croatia

Having a ‘nationalist’ first name predicts costly patriotic behaviour in war, according to research by Štěpán Jurajda and Dejan Kovač, to be presented... More

MEASURE THE SUCCESS OF POLICY CHANGE ON NATIONAL WELLBEING

A broader range of indicators is required to assess social policy reforms to find out which of them actually improve wellbeing. That is the conclusion... More

LONDON CONGESTION CHARGE INCREASED HARM FROM POLLUTION

The reduction in traffic congestion associated with the introduction of a charge for driving during prime hours in London’s central district reduced... More

FISCAL STRESS IN THE EURO AREA: New evidence

New research finds strong evidence of a fiscal common core (response) in the euro area despite the lack of a formal fiscal union. The study by Eddie... More

PERSONALISED HEALTH WARNINGS CHANGE PEOPLE’S BEHAVIOUR: UK evidence

People who find out from visiting a nurse that they suffer from hypertension are likely to reduce their smoking and improve their diet, though there... More

MIDDLE-AGED AND OLDER JOBSEEKERS AVOIDED BY SWEDISH EMPLOYERS

The chances of being contacted by an employer in Sweden after applying for a job fall sharply after an individual reaches the age of 40; and closer to... More

RADIO BROADCASTS: Ending civil conflict through ‘defection messages’ to rebels

Radio broadcasts can be instrumental in ending civil conflict, according to research by Alex Armand, Paul Atwell and Joseph Gomes, to be presented at... More

PAY PREMIUM FOR STAFF AT INNOVATIVE FIRMS, ESPECIALLY THE LOW-SKILLED

More innovative firms pay their staff higher wages than those that spend less on research and development (R&D). Both high- and low-skill workers... More

WOMEN DELAY CHILDBEARING IN RESPONSE TO DOMESTIC ABUSE: UK evidence

Women who experience domestic violence are only half as likely to conceive a child in the following year compared with women who don’t. Using a unique... More

GENDER DIFFERENCES IN COMPETITIVENESS: Evidence from China

A strong message of gender equality even over a relatively short period can change women’s willingness to compete. That is one of the findings of... More

INFLATION TARGETING MAKES ECONOMIES MORE RESILIENT TO NATURAL DISASTERS

Countries where the central bank uses an inflation targeting framework for monetary policy are more resilient to the contractionary and inflationary... More

COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTH INSURANCE FOSTERS PREVENTIVE HEALTH STRATEGIES

Health insurance schemes organised at the community level can encourage members to take better care of their health, according to research by Emmanuel... More

POOR HOUSEHOLDS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: Women suffer more than men

Women are more likely to be in poor households than men during their peak productive and reproductive ages: for example, in the age group 25-34 years,... More

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