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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

February 2007

Closer Social Connections Make Microfinance More Effective

Thousands of microfinance institutions around the world collectively provide financial services to over 100 million clients through an incredible... More

Exporting Makes British Firms More Productive

The experience of beginning to export to foreign markets makes British firms more productive, according to new research by Professor David Greenaway... More

Getting Good Repayment Rates In Group Microfinance: The Importance Of Personal Trust And Group Homogeneity

In group lending schemes of the kind pioneered by 2006 Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, personal trust and group homogeneity are more important for... More

January 2007

Victims Of Their Own Success: How Neighbourhood Watch Schemes Can Break Down Once Crime Is Cut

New research finds that the single-issue focus of many neighbourhood watch schemes – the reduction of crime – may create a dilemma in which these... More

‘In-Work Benefits’: A More Effective Way Of Reducing Inequality Than Traditional Redistribution Policies

‘In-work benefits’ like the UK’s Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC), which target the working poor, are much more effective than traditional... More

Currency Defences Should Not Raise Interest Rates Too Aggressively

When a currency comes under attack, central banks typically raise short-term interest rates to defend it. But new research by Professors Amartya... More

New Research On The Market For Annuities

Annuities are insurance products that provide a payment stream for as long as the insured individual is alive. According to a new study by Professor... More

For The Average British Woman, Life In A Couple Means More Housework And Less Wellbeing

Single women in Britain spend an average of 10 hours a week on housework whereas single men only spend 7 hours a week. But as soon as men and women... More

How Psychology Was Removed From Economics – And How It Might Be Brought Back

The emerging research programme of ‘behavioural economics’ draws on ideas from psychology to explain economic behaviour. A new study by Professors... More

November 2006

Stop-And-Search Policing: New Evidence That Strategies Are Based On ‘Hit Rate’ Maximisation Not Racial Bias

New research on how police officers decide which types of drivers to stop and search for drugs and weapons suggests that they choose their search... More

Welfare To Work Programmes Need Careful Design

Welfare to work programmes like the UK’s New Deal seem to be the most effective way of increasing employment among the poor and socially excluded. But... More

Profiling Policy For Crime Detection: Minimising The costs to society of completed offences, Punishment And Police Work

What motivations should govern the choice of a profiling policy in law enforcement where decisions to search for evidence of crime – say drug sales or... More

University Admissions: The Importance Of ‘Outside Offers' As Colleges Compete For The Best Prospective Students

When a prospective student applies to several different universities, how one of them evaluates the applicant can influence the admission offers made... More

Police Search Strategies May Seek To Minimise Crime Rather Than Maximise Arrests

Police officers often claim to be searching motorists so as to deter crime rather than to catch as many criminals as possible. According to a new... More

October 2006

Friends Of A Farmer: How ‘Social Networks’ Influence Takeup Of New Crops And New Technologies

The initial decision of a farmer in a developing country to adopt a new agricultural technology is related to the decisions of the people in his... More

Poverty Is ‘Multidimensional’ – And We Need To Measure It That Way

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen’s argument that poverty is more than a simple lack of income is widely accepted in theory. But according to a new study by... More

Ethnic Minority Workers: The Employment Effects Of Discrimination And City Structure

How well individuals from ethnic minorities do in the labour market is heavily influenced by the structure of the particular city in which they live... More

Land Reallocation For Economic Development And Poverty Reduction

What is the impact of introducing a market in the use of land in developing countries? Martin Ravallion and Dominique van de Walle’s study of... More

Homeowners Are More Educated, Have More Work Experience And Find New Jobs Faster

Homeowners are typically more educated and have more labour market experience than people who rent their accommodation. And while unemployed... More

Training Employees: How Firms Benefit From Investing In Both General And Specific Programmes

Firms benefit from investing in a combination of general and specific training for their employees – say an MBA programme and an internal trainee... More

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