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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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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

January 2008

Groups Are More Cautious Decision-Makers Than Individuals

Groups are more reluctant than individuals to take on high-risk projects. That is the central finding of new experimental research by Professors... More

Decision-Making In The EU’s Council Of Ministers: Why ‘Qualified Majority Voting’ Matters

Despite a shift away from national vetoes in the European Union’s (EU) top decisionmaking body, the Council of Ministers, many decisions are passed... More

Competition Can Be Fatal: Evidence From The Nhs Internal Market

NHS reforms introduced in the early 1990s by the last Conservative government to increase competition – the so-called ‘internal market’ – resulted in... More

Forward Markets Increase Competition And Benefit Consumers

In industries like oil, gas and electricity, the introduction of forward markets – which allow buyers and sellers to ‘lock in’ a price in advance of... More

‘New Deal’-Style Policies Fail To Accelerate Unemployed People’s Return To Work

Active labour market programmes such as the UK’s New Deal seem to have little effect in reducing the length of unemployment spells, according to new... More

‘Strategic Hiring’: How The Scramble For Government Funds Results In An Overstaffed Public Sector

Competition for money among government-funded agencies may lead to excessive public sector employment, according to new research by economists Dr... More

‘Willingness To Pay’: How To Get The Public To Put An Accurate Value On Healthcare Services

How can policy-makers get people to tell them how much they value things like better health or an improved environment? New experimental research by... More

Valuing Health: Ask People About Their Real Experiences, Not How They Might Imagine Feeling

We should ask people about their experiences rather than asking them hypothetical questions in attempting to judge how much they value different... More

Lazy Bureaucrats: A Blessing In Disguise

Hiring lazy people into the civil service helps to keep the cost of public services down, according to new research by Dr Josse Delfgaauw and Dr... More

Using Auctions To Raise Money For Charity: Simplicity And Fairness Pay Dividends

Charities need to design fundraising auctions very carefully to maximise the number of bidders and therefore the money raised, according to new... More

Giving To Charity: Multiple Donations Encourage Generosity In Others

Giving to a charity multiple times may encourage others to give more generously, according to new research by Professors Parimal Bag and Santanu Roy,... More

November 2007

Low Inflation Increases Wage Flexibility And Boosts Employment: Evidence From Germany

Lower inflation has led to greater wage flexibility, increased employment and improved overall economic performance, according to new research by... More

Achieving Low-Carbon Growth For The World. Sir Nicholas Stern on the key elements of a global deal on climate change

Targets and trading must be at the heart of a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to Sir Nicholas Stern delivering the... More

The UK’s More Flexible Labour Markets Save Jobs In A Downturn

Greater labour market flexibility in the UK has helped to limit increases in unemployment during economic downturns, according to new research by... More

Low And Stable Inflation Eases Labour Market Adjustment In A Downturn

Low and stable inflation is crucial in allowing the labour market and hence the wider economy to adjust in the face of a downturn. That is one of the... More

Monitoring Inequality Via The Income Share Of Society’s Richest People

Changes in the income share of the very richest people in society are a good indicator of changes in overall inequality, according to new research by... More

Wage Rigidity Increases Unemployment: Evidence From Italy

Nationwide pay agreements have restricted labour market flexibility and increased unemployment in Italy, according to research by Francesco Devicienti... More

Gun Control Saves Lives

Regulating criminal access to handguns can be effective in making it more difficult for youths and criminals to obtain guns, according to a new study... More

October 2007

Inequality And Redistribution: The Politically Decisive Role Of Middle Class Investors

Societies in which a large proportion of output is produced in small and medium-sized enterprises are more unequal. That is one of the findings of... More

The Economic Benefits Of Being A Member Of The Chinese Communist Party

Membership of the Chinese Communist Party seems to have clear economic benefits for individuals. But according to research by Hongbin Li, Pak Wai Liu,... More

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