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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


Pharmacists in small Italian cities where they are effectively monopolies will jack up the prices of products desperately needed by hard-pressed... More


Breaking the rules. Almost daily we hear about someone who has cheated to get ahead – students using a study app to get answers for a final exam; two... More

SOCIAL DIVISIONS: India’s caste system as an exemplar of why members of different groups refuse to interact

Social divisions – such as the divisions between ‘tribes’ or ‘clans’ in developing countries, or the divisions between racial or religious groups in... More

EFFECTS OF COAL-BASED AIR POLLUTION ON MORTALITY RATES: New evidence from nineteenth century Britain

Industrialised cities in mid-nineteenth century Britain probably suffered from similar levels of air pollution as urban centres in China and India do... More

HOW CIVIL CONFLICT DISRUPTS THE ECONOMY: New evidence from the West Bank and Gaza

Conflict in Palestine in the early 2000s had a devastating effect on the economy, largely because local manufacturing firms were unable to get access... More

October 2006

Inequality Aversion In A Variety Of Games – An Indirect Evolutionary Analysis

Propensities to act in this or that way can be explained by the social or biological environment and the past success of possible strategies (mutants)... More

Getting Better Value In Public Procurement: Evidence From Canadian Snow Removal Contracts

Over the past 20 years, cities have tended to subcontract more and more activities like street maintenance and office cleaning. A new study by... More

Economic Growth In An Interdependent World Economy

Economists should rethink the role of government in promoting investment as a way of improving economic growth and social welfare, according to... More

July 2006

How The Financial Markets Respond To Japanese Monetary Policy

Japanese monetary policy has not only been effective over the past 15 years; it has also operated in a remarkably similar way to US monetary policy.... More

The Effectiveness Of Aid In Promoting Private Foreign Investment

Aid is effective in promoting private foreign investment – but only in countries where market-unfriendly policies curtail competition, prevent market... More

The Timing Of When We’re Paid And When We Spend

Households whose main earner’s payday comes round monthly rather than weekly spend 5-6% more on meals and entertainment in each of the two weeks after... More

Credit Registries Reduce Competition Between Banks

Private credit registries are an increasingly common way for banks to share information about borrowers – and a helpful tool for reducing losses on... More

June 2006

UK Inflation Target Should Be Prices Of Goods Produced Not Goods Consumed

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is the wrong measure of inflation for the Bank of England to target, according to new research by Professor Simon... More

UK Monetary Policy And The Sterling Exchange Rate: ‘Open Economy’ Issues Need A Rethink

There is widespread agreement that the changes in UK monetary policy introduced in 1997, with interest rates set by the Bank of England’s Monetary... More

April 2006

‘Shocking Escapes’: How Increased Productivity Has Reduced Policy-Makers’ ‘Inflation Bias’

In the mid- to late 1990s, the United States experienced low unemployment and dramatically low inflation – an experience that is difficult to... More

Better Monetary Policy Lies Behind Unprecedented Economic Stability

More efficient monetary policy has been the driving force behind the improved macroeconomic performance of the world economy since the early 1990s.... More

The Balance Of Power Between Husbands And Wives: Effects On Women’s Work, Household Poverty And Children’s Well-Being

To tackle the problems of poor families – whether in the developed or developing world – it is not enough to decide how much assistance to give to the... More

Competition And Openness To Trade Reduce Inflation

Inflation tends to be higher the higher the level of monopoly power in the economy and the more closed it is to international trade. These are among... More

‘Monetary Policy Without Money’

The economic decisions of households and firms are not directly affected by the amount of money in circulation, according to new research by Javier... More

March 2006

Selection Increases Educational Inequality And Reduces Educational Performance

Early selection of students into different schools based by ability increases educational inequalities. It also tends to reduce average performance.... More

Involuntary Retirement: Damaging Effects On Living Standards

More than 40% men who retire before 65 feel they are forced to do so because of ill-health or redundancy. New research by Sarah Smith, published in... More

The Way Economists Teach Is Distorting Students’ Economic Views

‘I believe that we actually do harm to our students in only teaching them the intricacies of mathematical models and that we are unintentionally... More

Life Satisfaction: The Impact Of Quality Of Government

International differences in the quality of government – as assessed mainly by outsiders and published by the World Bank – are far more important than... More

Raising Educational Standards: New Evidence On The Effectiveness Of School Accountability Systems In The United States

In the first independent study to examine the impact of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) on the test-score performance of individual... More

Economists Call On Child Support Agency To ‘Replace’ Deadbeat Dads

Researchers at the Universities of Warwick and Kent are calling on the Child Support Agency (CSA) to replace ‘deadbeat’ Dads. Where fathers fail to... More

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