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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


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


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


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

July 2008

The Gender Pay Gap Emerges During Men And Women’s Early Careers

Men and women with similar qualifications earn similar wages when they enter the world of work. But after ten years, a ‘gender pay gap’ has emerged,... More

Economic Forecasters Remain Confident In The Bank Of England’s Ability To Control Inflation

When the Bank of England was given operational independence to set monetary policy in 1997, it quickly gained the credibility to fight inflation and... More

June 2008

The Impact Of Gurus On Wine Prices: Measuring The Robert Parker Effect On Young Clarets

Robert Parker is widely regarded as the most influential wine expert in the world, particularly for his power over the prices of en primeur Bordeaux... More

Economists Question The Importance Of ‘Terroir’ In Making Topquality Wines

It is wine-making technologies rather than ‘terroir’ that determines the quality of wine, according to new economic research by Professors Olivier... More

April 2008

Rich Countries’ Openness To Migrant Workers Helps Poor Countries’ Development Through The Money Sent To Families Back Home

Money sent home to developing countries by migrant workers in the rich world is typically spent wisely, helping to pay for family members to go to... More

The Dangers Of Increased Transparency In Monetary Policy-Making

Greater transparency of central bank policy-making – in which committee deliberations are made more open to the public – may prevent the full... More

Why Parents Are Stricter With Older Children

If you think your parents let your younger siblings get away with everything, you’re probably right. Parents punish older children more harshly – and... More

Can Central Banks Talk Too Much?

Because central banks inevitably make mistakes in their forecasts, they should only disseminate information about macroeconomic fundamentals to... More

Low Life Expectancy And Low Levels Of Education Trap Many African Countries In Poverty

Low life expectancy, low levels of education and high inequality act together to trap many countries in poverty, according to new research by... More

‘Brain Drain’ Or ‘Brain Gain’? How The Emigration Of Skilled Workers Can Help Poor Countries’ Development

The emigration of skilled workers from poor countries to rich countries is often viewed as a kind of predation through which the latter extract the... More

March 2008

Market design: A New Approach To School Choice, Recruiting Junior Doctors And Kidney Transplants

Economics professor Alvin Roth has used the principles of market design to devise a system for putting junior doctors into their first jobs, to... More

Local Corporate Taxes Have Only Weak Effects On Business Location Decisions

A local authority that cuts business taxes by one percentage point increases the probability that a new business will locate in their area (rather... More

Increasing Income Inequality Drives The Outsourcing Of Public Services Delivery To The Third Sector

The surge in the size of the third sector as a way of delivering public services in the UK and elsewhere stems directly from increases in income... More

Microsoft and Yahoo! Why Such Mergers May Be Bad News For Consumers

Allowing the second-biggest firm in an industry to get stronger by acquisition or by the dominant firm selling off capacity can have the opposite... More

Evidence From Fathers’ Child Support Payments On The Impact Of Partners’ Relative Incomes On Bargaining Power Within Households

The balance of power in household decision-making depends on the relative incomes of the two partners, according to new research by Professor... More

Government Spending And Inflation Retard Economic Growth, But Religious And Ethnic Divisions Don’t

Inflation and government spending (except on defence and education) may retard economic growth, while trade increases it, according to new research by... More

February 2008

Motherhood: The Impact On Women’s Hours Of Work

Before the arrival of children, more than four out of five (85%) working women in Britain are in full-time employment, working more than 30 hours a... More

Women’s Part-Time Pay Penalty

Women working part-time in the UK have hourly earnings that are on average 26% lower than women working full-time. While some of this ‘part-time pay... More

Motherhood And Part-Time Work Move Women Down The Career Ladder

The majority of new mothers who remain in work switch to part-time employment. But since part-time professional jobs are few and far between, this... More

Job Satisfaction, Family Life And Happiness: Different Experiences For Men And Women

Having children in the household brings no increase in life satisfaction for men – and an increase in women’s life satisfaction only once the children... More

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