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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

EFFECTS OF LARGE-SCALE MIGRATION ON LONG-RUN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Evidence from Argentina’s fertile plains pre-1914

During the age of mass migration (1850-1914), an unprecedented flow of Europeans migrated to the fertile plains in Argentina, and the skills they... More

DANIEL ELLSBERG AND JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES MEET AT AN URN: New research on the impact of ambiguity and complexity on decision-making

New research identifies a perception-based trait that lies at the heart of a decision-making paradox attributed to a 1961 study, ‘Risk, Ambiguity, and... More

BENEFITS OF CHINA’S EXPANSION OF HIGHER EDUCATION: New evidence of the boost to productivity, especially in high-skill industries

The surge in the size of China’s college-educated workforce since the early 2000s is helping Chinese firms to catch up with the technology frontier,... More

GROWTH, TRADE AND WAR: Economic history lessons for today’s global powers

Industrialisation requires the import of natural resources, potentially leading a rising power to trigger war either against a resource-rich country... More

SHIFTING THE TAX BURDEN ONTO FUTURE GENERATIONS: New study of the political economy of deficit bias and immigration

In societies where the share of immigrants and their descendants is growing rapidly, governments will increasingly rely on debt rather than current... More

September 2018

LINKS BETWEEN CHINA’S SKEWED SEX RATIO AND RISING CRIME

Intense financial pressure on Chinese men to attract a partner and the behavioural effects of growing up in a male-heavy environment are making them... More

JUDGES AND THE DEATH PENALTY IN NAZI GERMANY: New research evidence on judicial discretion in authoritarian states

Do judicial courts in authoritarian regimes act as puppets for the interests of a repressive state – or do judges act with greater independence? How... More

SAVING AND BORROWING: Poor households in Pakistan see no distinction among microfinance products

The distinction between microlending and microsaving is largely illusory, according to research by Uzma Afzal, Giovanna d’Adda, Marcel Fafchamps,... More

FOREIGN INVESTMENT BOOSTS SOPHISTICATION OF DOMESTIC MANUFACTURING: New evidence from Turkey

Inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) can act as a catalyst for domestic firms to develop sophisticated manufacturing products, according to a... More

GETTING UNEMPLOYED YOUTH INTO WORK: Evidence from Ethiopia on the effectiveness of transport subsidies

Unemployed youth in urban Ethiopia who are provided with transport subsidies increase the intensity with which they look for work and are more likely... More

August 2018

PAYING FOR LUCK: New evidence on the performance and compensation of corporate bosses

Chief executive officers (CEOs) are often rewarded for aspects of their firms’ performance that are outside their control but which are influenced by... More

EXPERT EVALUATORS FAVOURING THEIR COMPATRIOTS: Evidence from dressage competitions

The equestrian sport of dressage is the only Olympic competition in which men and women compete as equals with the outcomes determined by subjective... More

PEOPLE MAY BE OVERPAYING FOR LEASE EXTENSIONS IN THE UK: Evidence from London

People may be paying too high a price to extend the leases on their homes according to new research from the London School of Economics and Political... More

THE IMPACT OF ADVERTISING ON CONSUMPTION: New aggregate evidence

Because of advertising, people work more to consume more. According to research by Benedetto Molinari and Francesco Turino, published in the August... More

TRUSTING FORMER REBELS: Experimental evidence from forced combatants in Uganda’s civil war

Former child soldiers in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), especially those who were abducted at 14 years of age or younger, are more trustworthy and... More

THE ‘WITCH CRAZE’ OF 16th & 17th CENTURY EUROPE: Economists uncover religious competition as driving force of witch hunts

Economists Peter Leeson and Jacob Russ of George Mason University have uncovered new evidence to resolve the longstanding puzzle posed by the ‘witch... More

LABOUR MARKET EFFECTS OF INTERNAL MIGRATION: Evidence from Indonesia

People who relocate within Indonesia are typically more educated and more likely to be employed in higher-paid and secure jobs than those who stay... More

GETTING MORE WOMEN INTO POLITICS: Evidence from elections in India

Does the electoral success of women in India encourage others to follow in their footsteps? Not according to research by Sonia Bhalotra, Irma... More

MARRIAGE AS INSURANCE: How our degree of risk aversion influences whom we marry

New research uses the economics of insurance to help understand who marries whom. The study by Johannes Gierlinger and Sarolta Laczó, published in the... More

HOW TO ADVANCE YOUR CAREER IN THE CORPORATE WORLD: Economic evidence from Denmark

Moving frequently from job to job, ideally within the same company, is the best way to make progress up the corporate career ladder, according to... More

UNCHANGING OPINIONS: New evidence that people tend to hold on to biased beliefs even if new information proves them wrong

Once people are committed to an opinion, they are very reluctant to incorporate new information that challenges their views. A desire for consistency... More

FIRMS’ RESPONSES TO FISCAL STIMULUS: Evidence from Italy during the credit crunch

Tax credits for spending on research and development (R&D) made available by the Italian government after the 2008 credit crunch failed to... More

July 2018

HOW TO MEASURE WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT IN THE HOUSEHOLD: A new approach

How much would a woman be willing to pay when offered a ‘conditional cash transfer’ to her household in order to keep it for herself, rather than... More

INTERGENERATIONAL MOBILITY IN EARLY 20TH CENTURY AMERICA: New evidence from Iowa

The economic outcomes of sons in rural parts of Iowa were less strongly linked to the economic outcomes of their fathers than their peers in the... More

THE OPENNESS-EQUALITY TRADE-OFF: Potential lessons from the Gulf for migration policies in OECD countries

At a time when fights over migration are dividing rich countries and fracturing their politics, a study published in the July 2018 issue of the... More

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