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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

IMPACT OF LIFTING ALCOHOL RESTRICTIONS ON VIOLENT CRIME: Evidence from Kansas

Lifting or loosening restrictions on alcohol sales could lead to substantial increases in violent crime, according to research by Daniel Rees,... More

LOTTERY WINNERS CUT THEIR WORKING HOURS BUT DON’T LEAVE EMPLOYMENT: New evidence from the Netherlands

People who win big prizes in the lottery tend to work fewer hours but they don’t withdraw completely from the labour market. These are the central... More

TOWARDS EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY: New economic analysis

Any social arrangement in which just one person has no opportunities is the worst possible outcome. That is one of the conclusions of research by... More

THE ZERO LOWER BOUND: New evidence of its impact on uncertainty and economic activity

It is well known that the zero lower bound (ZLB) on the short-term nominal interest rate can have undesirable effects on the economy. New research by... More

THE POWER OF INDIRECT RECIPROCITY: Evidence from a natural field experiment on what drives human kindness in everyday interactions

We are twice as likely to cooperate and act generously towards strangers if we ourselves have been helped in a similar way. What’s more, it doesn’t... More

May 2009

BRITAIN RANKS AS A TOP SCIENTIFIC PERFORMER

Britain’s position as a centre of scientific research has remained remarkably strong over the course of the twentieth century and continues to the... More

THE ELITE BRAIN DRAIN

How mobile are the world’s top research scientists, and do they migrate disproportionately to the richest countries? Writing in the June 2009 Economic... More

UK INFLATION TARGETING UNDERPINNED BY AN EARLIER ‘OVERHAUL OF DOCTRINE’

The better economic performance of the UK economy in the 15 years before the recession reflects improved understanding by policy-makers of the... More

INNOVATIVE INDUSTRIES NEED TO OFFER BIG REWARDS TO STAR EMPLOYEES

Innovation demands top talent – and top talent demands top compensation. That is the central finding of a new research report, published in the June... More

EUROPEAN DECISION ON MOBILE CHARGES MAY NOT BENEFIT CUSTOMERS

Subscribers to mobile telephone networks may lose out as a result of the May 2009 call by the European Commission for operators to slash their charges... More

April 2009

Smiling Signals Trustworthiness: Experimental Evidence Of The Value Of Simple ‘Cues’

People quickly realise they can use simple ‘cues’ such as smiling as a genuine sign of trustworthiness. That is the main result of a laboratory... More

Broad Social Networks Boost Economic Performance: The Experience Of Ethiopian Farmers

Farmers in Ethiopia enjoy better harvests if they have big and diverse social networks. That is the central finding of research by Pramila Krishnan... More

How Governments Should Respond To Public Uncertainty About Risk

Governments and other regulatory bodies should ‘over-invest’ in safety when there is public uncertainty about such widely publicised risks as... More

Better Childhood Nutrition Leads To Greater Educational Attainment In Adulthood

Feeding very young children a high-energy, high-protein supplement leads to increased educational attainment in adulthood, especially for women,... More

The Next Global Currency? Lessons From The Dollar’s Dethroning Of The Pound

Will the dollar lose its place as the premier international currency? New research by Marc Flandreau and Clemens Jobst argues that the previous... More

THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF FISCAL STIMULUS IN EUROPE

The European Union’s co-ordinated fiscal expansion plan launched in November 2008 was the right response to the rapid economic slowdown that was... More

SMILING SIGNALS TRUSTWORTHINESS: EXPERIMENTAL EVIDENCE OF THE VALUE OF SIMPLE ‘CUES’

People quickly realise they can use simple ‘cues’ such as smiling as a genuine sign of trustworthiness. That is the main result of a laboratory... More

BROAD SOCIAL NETWORKS BOOST ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE: THE EXPERIENCE OF ETHIOPIAN FARMERS

Farmers in Ethiopia enjoy better harvests if they have big and diverse social networks. That is the central finding of research by Pramila Krishnan... More

HOW GOVERNMENTS SHOULD RESPOND TO PUBLIC UNCERTAINTY ABOUT RISK

Governments and other regulatory bodies should ‘over-invest’ in safety when there is public uncertainty about such widely publicised risks as... More

BETTER CHILDHOOD NUTRITION LEADS TO GREATER EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT IN ADULTHOOD

Feeding very young children a high-energy, high-protein supplement leads to increased educational attainment in adulthood, especially for women,... More

THE NEXT GLOBAL CURRENCY? LESSONS FROM THE DOLLAR’S DETHRONING OF THE POUND

Will the dollar lose its place as the premier international currency? New research by Marc Flandreau and Clemens Jobst argues that the previous... More

AUCTION DESIGN: NEW EXPERIMENTAL EVIDENCE

Sealed bid auctions typically raise much higher revenues than open auctions when several units of the same good are sold simultaneously. That is the... More

ADVERTISING IN THE MEDIA: THE THREAT OF BIASED AND ‘DUMBED-DOWN’ CONTENT

Advertising can seriously damage the quality and accuracy of content in the print, broadcast and online media. According to research by Professors... More

‘INFORMAL RISK-SHARING’: EVIDENCE ON PEOPLE’S GENEROSITY AS INSURANCE AGAINST THEIR OWN BAD TIMES

In what circumstances will people help others out in time of need by providing loans, gifts or financial transfers? Research by Gary Charness and... More

THE ‘DARK SIDE’ OF COMPETITION: CHINESE FIRMS DRIVEN TO CORPORATE TAX AVOIDANCE

Greater competition may drive firms to avoid paying corporate taxes. That is the central conclusion of research by Hongbin Cai and Qiao Liu. Their... More

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