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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

The deep roots of Rebellion: Evidence from the Irish Revolution

Census records from 1911 show that 19th-century famine might have inspired descendants to rebel The Great Irish Famine of 1845-1850 may have... More

SOCIAL NETWORKING: More time spent online makes children less happy with their lives

Children who spend more time social networking online feel less happy with a number of different aspects of their lives. That is the key finding of... More

ON THE CAUSES OF BREXIT: How migration from Eastern Europe contributed to the rise of UK Euroscepticism

Migration from Eastern Europe contributed to the growth of UK scepticism about the European Union (EU) as measured by electoral support for the UK... More

UNDERSTANDING THE NEXT HOUSING CRISIS: Housing risk will stabilise affordability if supply cannot, but it might take a price crash

High UK house prices increase the probability of a crash – and it's this factor which may make houses more affordable in the long run, according to... More

CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN IN ITALY

Smart kids from outside Italy more likely to be held back at school and pushed into vocational education than natives – but this can be... More

April 2017

THE SKILL PREMIUM AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE IN THE VERY LONG RUN, 1300-1914

The skill premium – the wage of skilled labour relative to the wage of unskilled labour – will tend to remain stable at its current level of 58%,... More

E-GOVERNMENT IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

New electronic systems need institutional support – but they can cut red tape and bribery Electronic government systems (e-government) cut the cost to... More

IMPROVING WOMEN’S HEALTH HAS IMPROVED THEIR EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES: Medical advances have eradicated the gender gap in schooling

Vaccination and antibiotics were mostly responsible for closing the gender gap in education, according to a study by Mariko Klasing and Petros... More

POLARISED SOCIAL VALUES RESTRICT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Evidence from across Europe

Greater polarisation in values and attitudes harms economic activity across Europe, according to research by Sjoerd Beugelsdijk, Mariko Klasing and... More

FOR A BETTER LIFE IN AFRICA, MOVE TO A CITY

Almost every measure of living standards in Africa is better in urban areas – even air pollution The flight to cities in Africa gets migrants a better... More

GERMAN SINGLES HIT BY GLOBALISATION SUFFERED MORE THAN COUPLES

Most couples work in different industries – and so one partner's gains from globalisation often offset another’s loss Being married or cohabiting has... More

TIME TO DUMP OLD SCHOOL TEACHING? Spanish evidence that school test results improve with modern methods, especially for girls

Schools that involve students in discussions and presentations, rather than rote learning, are getting much better test results, according to research... More

THE GEEKS HAVE INHERITED THE EARTH: STEM knowledge needed to apply for one in six non-techie jobs in the UK

Half a million jobs in traditionally non-techie subjects every year are now asking for knowledge of science, technology, engineering and maths – known... More

APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY: It's not just about how smart you are

Risk-averse students who lack parental interest less likely to try for a degree Family support and attitudes to risk have almost as big an influence... More

MANY PARENTS INVEST TIME IN THEIR KIDS TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE: Evidence of widespread mistaken beliefs about the impact of time investments

Many parents believe that the time they spend with their kids is more valuable the older they are, and that investing time later isn't as useful if... More

A POWERPOINT PREMIUM? Evidence that men earn more for the same job because they present, negotiate and use spreadsheets more often

Half of the unexplained gender wage gap, which means that women are paid less than men even when they are ostensibly doing the same jobs, is because... More

USING DATA FROM GOOGLE SEARCHES TO PREDICT CAR SALES: Evidence for Germany and the UK

Companies that want to forecast future sales of their products can use internet search to predict trends, according to research by Georg von... More

HOUSEHOLD ‘CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER’: Strength of character as much as ability decides who makes the money decisions, especially for older people

We are more likely to be the household’s financial whizz if we are more conscientious and less agreeable, according to a study by Olga Goldfayn-Frank,... More

NORTH-SOUTH DIVIDE: Experimental evidence that Italians share less generously with people from the other half of the country

More than 150 years after the country’s unification, southerners and northerners in Italy still find it hard to cooperate with each other, according... More

USING THE MEDIA TO DISCOURAGE TAX-DODGING: Evidence from Milan of the effectiveness of a well-publicised audit ‘blitz’

Publicising tax audits is a low cost way to curtail tax evasion, according to research conducted in Italy by Simona Gamba and colleagues, to be... More

SPECIALIST INVESTMENT FUNDS ARE NOT THAT SPECIAL: They own the same shares as other funds and don’t perform better

You might expect specialist investment funds to have a different portfolio to other funds and to use their expertise to achieve higher returns. But... More

CAREGIVING SUBSIDIES SUPPORT FAMILIES: Spanish voucher system influenced the type of care that the elderly chose

Spanish subsidies for caregiving inspired a massive shift from community to home care for the elderly, according to research by Joan Costa-Font, Sergi... More

GLOBALISATION HAS CHANGED THE WAY THAT INDIAN PEOPLE EAT: New evidence of the impact of trade on diet

The rise in international trade has changed the diet of Indian people, increasing the amount of animal products they eat. That is the central finding... More

LONDON’S TEACHERS DESERT PROFESSION WHEN JOBS ELSEWHERE PAY BETTER: New evidence of the impact of ‘outside options’

The government could be picking up a £31 million bill to train replacements for teachers who leave when pay in other sectors rises, according to... More

BILINGUAL CHILDREN DO BETTER IN TESTS: US evidence that speaking two languages in the early years gives kids a head start in life

Parents who worry about confusing their babies by speaking two languages at home don’t need to fret: children between the ages of 3 and 12 who speak... More

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