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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 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


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

NOT KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES: Some US city neighbourhoods have income inequality higher than Mexico or Chile

Even close neighbours in American cities have income differences much higher than the national average for inequality – sometime as high as in the... More


High indebtedness drives gap between the haves and have nots Countries that combine high levels of debt with austerity policies create a more unequal... More

I’LL LEAVE IT, THANKS: Shoppers under pressure shun time-limited offers

Bad news for pushy sales people: putting pressure on us to buy now or miss out doesn’t necessarily make us go for limited-time offers. That’s the... More


Lack of credit choked off long-term investment, enfeebling growth The financial crisis choked off the investment in research and development (R&D)... More

‘ASSORTATIVE MATING’: A genetic assessment of marriage markets

In traditional marriages, education of the spouse was the main attribute driving the benefits from marriage. But the sexual revolution transformed the... More

A BOT IN THE ECHO CHAMBER: Evidence that fake #Brexit news spread by fake users helped to drive the two sides apart

Automated software agents – ‘bots’ – used to spread either ‘leave’ or ‘remain’ social media stories during and after the Brexit referendum drove the... More

DON’T BLAME GRANDDAD IF YOU FLUNK SCHOOL: Brits who do badly in class least likely to have low-achieving grandparents

If you want to know how a child will do at school, look at the family. Or maybe not, according to a study of multigenerational mobility in the UK, the... More


Education reforms have had no impact on kids’ ability to save, invest or avoid debt problems Changes in the law to give children additional schooling... More


Pupils at primary schools in England that converted early to academy status made better progress than their counterparts who attended schools that... More

OLD-AGE POVERTY SPAWNS CHILD LABOUR: Evidence from Malawi that lack of state pension keeps kids out of school

The lack of a state pension in Malawi is encouraging child labour, according to a study by Leandro De Magalhaes, to be presented at the Royal Economic... More


The improvements in communications made possible by high-speed rail in France has boosted profit margins for big firms with many sites around the... More

BLOOD THINNER THAN WATER WHEN TIMES GET TOUGH: UK evidence that Increasing foreign competition pushes family members out of firms

When competition from abroad increases, family firms are more likely to fire family members who are senior managers than managers who are unrelated to... More

YOU BROKE THE PLANET, YOU PAY FOR IT Brits and Czechs willing to pay high price to hit international climate targets, but only using polluter pays principle

The public is more likely to accept climate policies if the polluter pays principle is implemented, and if they know the action is international,... More

CARING FOR ELDERLY FAMILY REDUCES WORKING HOURS In Scotland, free care has increased the time that family carers give to their jobs

When governments provide free formal care, families of the elderly reduce their informal care hours, and become more likely to work and work longer.... More

VOTES FOR WOMEN, JUST NOT YET: Late extension of the Swiss franchise was the result of men concerned about reduced decision-making power

Swiss men were less willing to vote to enfranchise women if they feared it would prise their fingers off the levers of local politics in future. That... More

GENDER DIFFERENCES IN PEER REVIEW: Economics papers by women are stalled longer at journals – but they end up more readable and more improved

Research papers with female authors spend six months longer in peer review at the top economics journals, according to research by Erin Hengel, to be... More

MATHS IN THE MORNING, IMPROVE YOUR SCORING Schools can get a free bump in outcomes by scheduling mathematics lessons before lunch – and history later in the day

Academic performance is better among students who do their mathematics lessons early in the morning and history in the afternoon, according to a study... More

LESSONS IN TWO LANGUAGES BOOST WAGES: Catalan residents educated bilingually earn more than their Spanish-only peers

Residents of Catalonia who were educated in two languages at school later out-earned their peers whose lessons were only Spanish, according to... More

RAISING MEXICO’S MINIMUM WAGE WOULD BE A WIN-WIN-WIN Local increase in 2012 increased pay, employment and informal sector wages too

A rise in Mexico’s poverty-level minimum wage increased both wages and employment in the area in which it was attempted, according to research by... More

POOR HEALTH HITS YOU IN YOUR SAVINGS ACCOUNT: Evidence that people with high BMI, bigger waists or diabetes save less

People with high BMI or diabetes save less, according to research by Sarah Brown, Daniel Gray, Jennifer Roberts and colleagues, to be presented at the... More

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