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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

WHY MORE EDUCATED WORKERS ENJOY GREATER JOB STABILITY: US evidence

Educated Americans typically experience lower rates of unemployment than their less educated peers – not because they find jobs faster but because... More

February 2018

INCENTIVES FOR MARATHON RUNNERS

New evidence of the competing influences of prize money and strength of opposition Contests with the highest prizes do not necessarily attract the... More

ECONOMICS OF ATTENTION

Competition drives producers of the best to invest most in promotion Competition gives suppliers of the best products the incentives to invest the... More

COMBINING MONETARY AND MACROPRUDENTIAL POLICIES FOR GREATER STABILITY

Better economic outcomes can be achieved by complementing an inflation targeting policy with a macroprudential policy that leans against excessive... More

THE FINANCIAL POWER OF THE POWERLESS: Evidence from Ottoman Istanbul

In Ottoman Istanbul, privileged groups such as men, Muslims and other elites paid more for credit than the under-privileged – the exact opposite of... More

WHY GLOBALISATION IS MAKING FIRMS AND WAGES MORE UNEQUAL

Export opportunities raise the value of investing in risky innovation projects Inequality in the size of firms and the wages they pay varies greatly... More

INEQUALITY PERSISTS OVER GENERATIONS: New evidence from Germany

Your great-grandparents’ socio-economic status still predicts your status today, according to research by Sebastian Braun and Jan Stuhler, which is... More

WHEN POLITICAL INTERESTS BLOCK NEW INFRASTRUCTURE

Evidence from party connections in the age of Britain’s first transport revolution New research shows how party politics and connections slowed the... More

REDUCING CRIME THROUGH JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR RELEASED PRISONERS

People who leave prison when there are more construction and manufacturing jobs available are better able to reintegrate into society and break the... More

MANAGING BUREAUCRATS: Evidence from the Nigerian civil service

Management practices that are effective in the private sector may not be suited to public sector bureaucracies, according to research by Imran Rasul... More

MATERNAL PERSONALITY AND CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE

Babies born to mothers who hold a stronger belief that their fate is in their own hands and not down to luck tend to perform better in their GCSE... More

MANY FRENCH TOWNS HAVE BEEN TRAPPED IN OBSOLETE PLACES FOR CENTURIES

Only three of the 20 largest cities in Britain are located near the site of Roman towns, compared with 16 in France. That is one of the findings of... More

US QUANTITATIVE EASING: The impact on other countries’ economies

The series of quantitative easing programmes implemented by the US Federal Reserve in response to the global financial crisis have had variable... More

RISING AMERICAN INEQUALITY: New evidence on winners and losers

Rising inequality in the United States since 1970 has delivered large economic gains to households in the top 20% of the income distribution. For... More

THE BATTLE FOR EXCLUSIVE EYEBALLS: Competition in media markets

The battle for ‘exclusive eyeballs’ among media platforms explains the sharp decrease in advertising revenues for mainstream media over the last 10... More

CLIMATE CHANGE HITS JOBS AND DRIVES MIGRATION: Evidence from Mexico

New research reveals the negative impact of climate change on rural labour markets, particularly for poor wage-labourer households. The study by... More

MEASURING THE GAINS FROM TRADE

If the gains from trade are small, is it worth facing the distributional consequences of globalisation and the political backlash associated with... More

PAID PARENTAL LEAVE AND CHILDREN’S COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

Prolonged paid parental leave and the opportunity it provides for mothers to spend more time with their offspring can have long lasting effects on... More

THE ECONOMIC VALUE OF DISTINCTIVE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

New research puts a price on beautiful architecture – and it is a high one. A study of London property transactions by Gabriel Ahlfeldt and Nancy... More

January 2018

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

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