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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

COMPETITION PROTECTS NEW PARENTS FROM RIP-OFF PHARMACIES: Italian evidence

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

‘HARMLESS’ CHEATING IN THE LAB LINKED TO MISBEHAVIOUR IN REAL LIFE

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

April 2009

INDUSTRY CLUSTERS: THE IMPORTANCE OF ‘SPIN-OFF ENTREPRENEURS’

Clustering of economic activity – as in Silicon Valley or the Akron tyre industry – is driven not by public policy but by successful firms spawning... More

March 2009

GETTING THE BEST WINNER IN ELIMINATION CONTESTS

Elimination contests, in which contestants are initially divided into pairs or groups to determine who goes through to later rounds, rarely produce... More

MAJOR WESTERN ECONOMIES ARE PULLING EACH OTHER INTO THE ABYSS

The big industrialised economies are pulling each other down at an unprecedented rate, according to new research that measures how much changes in... More

‘SECURITISATION’ AMPLIFIES FINANCIAL CYCLES – AND LED TO THE CREDIT CRUNCH

The credit crunch had its roots in ‘securitisation’ – the parcelling and selling on of risks by banks to other investors. That is the finding of... More

TEACHER TRAINING AND CLASS SIZES: NEW EVIDENCE OF THE IMPACT ON CHILDREN’S TEST SCORES

Smaller class sizes and fully trained teachers make a significant difference to children’s educational outcomes, according to new research by Pascal... More

EUROPE’S SINGLE MARKET HAS KEPT TAXES ON ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO LOW

The completion of the European Union’s ‘single market’ – which removed all restrictions on trade in goods between member countries – has meant that... More

THE PUBLIC PUTS A HIGH VALUE ON CLEAN AIR

People value having clean air much more than previously thought, according to research by Simon Luechinger published in the March 2009 issue of the... More

CHANGES IN COMPULSORY SCHOOLING: NEW CROSS-COUNTRY EVIDENCE OF THE IMPACT ON EARNINGS AND INEQUALITY

Giving people extra years in education – for example, by raising the minimum school leaving age – not only raises their average earnings but also... More

HOW PEOPLE’S CONCERNS ABOUT REPUTATION BOOST MARKET PERFORMANCE AND REDUCE PRICE RIGIDITY

New empirical research indicates that the formation of reputation in repeated interactions between people and/or organisations strengthens the... More

LARGE ‘PAY GAPS’ WITHIN FIRMS MAY MAKE STAFF HAPPY RATHER THAN ENVIOUS

Even if bosses are well paid, their staff are likely to be happy rather than envious, according to research by Professor Andrew Clark and colleagues... More

February 2009

THE VANISHING ASYLUM SEEKER

The numbers of people applying for asylum in Britain has fallen by three-quarters since the peak year of 2002. According to research by Professor Tim... More

WELFARE REFORM: THE IMPACT ON MARRIAGE AND CHILDREN

Welfare programmes like the UK’s Working Tax Credit – which target poor families with income supplements that are contingent on work – have increased... More

IN-WORK TAX CREDITS FOR POOR HOUSEHOLDS RAISE INCOMES BUT INCREASE DIVORCE RISK

The Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC), which was introduced nearly ten years ago as the main package of in-work support for low-income families with... More

STRENGTHENING WORK INCENTIVES FOR LONE PARENTS

The current tax and benefit systems for lone parents in the UK and Germany are difficult to make sense of unless the governments in the two countries... More

January 2009

TELLING THE TRUTH AS A STRATEGY OF DECEPTION

Telling the truth is an option that many people or organisations will take as a way of deceiving another party with whom they are negotiating or... More

DEVELOPING COUNTRIES’ MISPLACED PRIORITIES IN WORLD TRADE NEGOTIATIONS

Many developing countries are getting their priorities wrong in world trade negotiations. That is the implication of research by Marcelo Olarreaga and... More

OVER-EDUCATION: THE IMPACT ON WAGE INEQUALITY

Skilled workers who are over-qualified for their current job and looking for a new one explain an important fraction of recent increases in wage... More

VINDICTIVENESS DOESN’T PAY

The guiding motto of ‘an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth’ brings neither success nor happiness. That is the conclusion of research by... More

UNCONDITIONAL HONESTY IS RARE

The majority of people are honest in good relationships where all parties have behaved well in the past but dishonest towards people who have let them... More

SPORTS FANS’ DEMAND FOR ‘SUSPENSE’ DRIVES DESIGN OF REWARD SCHEMES FOR PLAYERS

Spectators at sports events get the most entertainment from players’ efforts when the game is close and the outcome still uncertain. According to new... More

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