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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

EXPERT EVALUATORS FAVOURING THEIR COMPATRIOTS: Evidence from dressage competitions

The equestrian sport of dressage is the only Olympic competition in which men and women compete as equals with the outcomes determined by subjective... More

PEOPLE MAY BE OVERPAYING FOR LEASE EXTENSIONS IN THE UK: Evidence from London

People may be paying too high a price to extend the leases on their homes according to new research from the London School of Economics and Political... More

THE ‘WITCH CRAZE’ OF 16th & 17th CENTURY EUROPE: Economists uncover religious competition as driving force of witch hunts

Economists Peter Leeson and Jacob Russ of George Mason University have uncovered new evidence to resolve the longstanding puzzle posed by the ‘witch... More

LABOUR MARKET EFFECTS OF INTERNAL MIGRATION: Evidence from Indonesia

People who relocate within Indonesia are typically more educated and more likely to be employed in higher-paid and secure jobs than those who stay... More

MARRIAGE AS INSURANCE: How our degree of risk aversion influences whom we marry

New research uses the economics of insurance to help understand who marries whom. The study by Johannes Gierlinger and Sarolta Laczó, published in the... More

November 2009

THE PENSION ADVANTAGE OF PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS

Defined benefit pensions in the public sector are worth more as a share of the total remuneration package than they are in the private... More

‘SAVINGS GLUT’ COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA NOT TO BLAME FOR GLOBAL CRISIS

High savings need not – and should not – lead to crises, according to Professor Max Corden, writing in the November 2009 Economic Journal. So it is... More

Optimal Design Of Means-Tested Retirement Benefits

Moderate levels of means-testing for state pension benefits can be a useful way of providing every UK household with a sufficient income in retirement... More

October 2009

Pressure Group Politics Are Good For Democracy

Contrary to conventional wisdom, campaign donations by special interests actually promote the democratic process. That is the conclusion of research... More

Giving To Charity: Other People’s Donations Have A Powerful Influence On Our Own

The amount of money other people give to charity has a big impact on our own charitable giving, according to research by Jen Shang and Rachel Croson,... More

New Evidence Of The Impact Of Emotions On Economic Decisions

Emotions such as anger and guilt can have a powerful impact on the decisions we make about whether to benefit ourselves at the expense of our clients,... More

Liquid Capital And Market Liquidity – Understanding The Linkages

In times of financial market turbulence, central banks seek to ‘supply liquidity’, both by bolstering overall market liquidity and by improving the... More

Fighting For Talent: How Competition Between Small And Large Firms Leads To Excessive Risk-Taking And Economic Volatility

The reckless policies of big banks may have been affected by competition with smaller and riskier organisations in the financial industries, such as... More

Less Democratic Countries Are More Susceptible To Massive Growth Reversals

Less democratic countries not only fail to sustain growth, but also see its fruits undone by large slowdowns or periods of decline that follow their... More

Banks’ Vital Role In Providing Finance For Small Businesses In The UK

In ‘normal’ times, most small firms, most of the time, get what they seek in terms of outside finance. That is the central finding of a study of the... More

High-Tech Or Low-Profit Businesses – When Government Outsourcing Is Most Desirable

Government outsourcing to the private sector is most cost effective in advanced economies when it is used to deliver high technology products or to... More

Unequal Societies Provide An Opening For Racist Policies Based On Minority Views

Ideological positions such as racism, which are held by a minority of the voters in a democracy, may prevail when society is divided over economic... More

Foreign Direct Investment Versus Exports: How Multinational Firms Decide On The Ideal Production Strategy For Overseas Markets

Should multinational firms looking to sell into an overseas market do so by exporting goods to that country or by foreign direct investment, building... More

July 2009

Free Press, Assembly and Speech are Essential for Growth: Evidence from Experimental Economies

Economies without free and democratic institutions unambiguously fall into poverty. To grow out of poverty, countries need free elections – but they... More

CONFLICT AS A BARGAINING TOOL

Conflict is often used as a bargaining option, not simply as a final option. Conflict can reveal relative power that might otherwise have been hidden,... More

VALUABLE NEW DIGITAL PRODUCTS EMERGE AS JOB-SEEKERS ‘SIGNAL’ THEIR TALENT TO POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS

The desire to stand out in the job market is increasingly leading people to develop free and socially useful products such as open source software.... More

BIG BUSINESSES SPAWN BETTER ENTREPRENEURS

Successful entrepreneurs typically have a past as discontented employees in large, resourceful but bureaucratic organisations, according to research... More

AFFLUENCE AND WELL-BEING: HOW ‘CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION’ MAKES SOCIETY RICHER BUT NOT HAPPIER

Once a country reaches a reasonable standard of living, consumption goes increasingly on status symbols with no intrinsic value – such as lavish... More

APPRAISALS AT WORK: WHY HIGH FLYERS ARE OVER-HYPED WHILE JOE AVERAGE IS OFTEN SHOT DOWN

Talented employees are often over-hyped by their managers to ensure that they put in enough effort. At the same time, less talented employees are... More

FREE PRESS, ASSEMBLY AND SPEECH ARE ESSENTIAL FOR GROWTH: EVIDENCE FROM EXPERIMENTAL ECONOMIES

Economies without free and democratic institutions unambiguously fall into poverty. To grow out of poverty, countries need free elections – but they... More

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