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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

CURBING THE CREDIT CYCLE THAT LEADS TO FINANCIAL CRISIS: New evidence to underpin macroprudential policy

Credit cycles are distinct from the business cycle in their frequency and amplitude. One of their central features is a tendency for banks... More

HOW TRADE LIBERALISATION BOOSTS GROWTH IN CHINA: New evidence of the impact of tariff reductions on assembly firms’ productivity

Reductions in input and output tariffs for firms engaged in ‘processing trade’ contributed at least one percentage point per year of China’s growth... More

RESPONDING TO CLIMATE CHANGE: The challenge of policy-making when expert opinion is divided

Disagreement among social scientists means that many policy initiatives to tackle climate change threats remain economically contentious despite the... More

INEQUALITY, TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE AND GLOBALISATION

Trade and technology have quite different effects on US businesses, according to research by Professor David Autor and colleagues presented in his... More

COSTS AND BENEFITS OF INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INTEGRATION

The scale of cross-border financial flows has increased massively in recent years but it is hard to detect the benefits, according to research by... More

June 2015

THE ‘IRON LAW OF CONVERGENCE’: New evidence on how fast poor countries can catch up with the advanced economies

Analysis of two long-run cross-country data sets on economic growth lends support to the idea that there is a robust empirical regularity in the rate... More

INCREASING RETURNS TO SCALE: Why banking is dominated by a few big and highly leveraged firms

The domination of the banking industry by a handful of ‘too-big-to-fail’ and highly leveraged banks is driven by two forces at the heart of modern... More

PLEASE DON’T VOTE FOR ME: Evidence from Germany of elections with perverse incentives

Tactical voting is not confined to first-past-the-post electoral systems, according to research by Dr Jörg Spenkuch, published in the June 2015 issue... More

DROUGHT INCREASES THE SPREAD OF HIV IN AFRICA

Bad weather in sub-Saharan Africa increases the spread of HIV, according to a study published in the June 2015 issue of the Economic Journal. When the... More

ONLINE CHARITABLE FUNDRAISING: Evidence that donors are influenced by what others have given

Donors are strongly influenced by how much other people have given when it comes to giving online to fundraising websites. A single large donation of... More

May 2015

THE BENEFITS OF A WELL-RUN SCHOOL: Cross-country evidence of the link between management practices and pupil achievement

Better school management is associated with better pupil achievement, according to research by Professor Nicholas Bloom and colleagues. Their study,... More

TRADE BENEFITS OF SHARING A NATIVE LANGUAGE: New evidence from micro-regions within Switzerland

Speaking a common native language gives a strong positive boost to trade between two countries, according to a study of the French- German- and... More

SHARING PROFITS AND LOSSES FOR SOCIAL SOLIDARITY: New evidence of the key drivers of investment by poor African farmers

New research finds that investment levels by small-scale African farmers may be subdued because farmers dislike others in their community helping them... More

WAGE GAINS FOR STAFF IN GLOBALLY ACTIVE FIRMS: New evidence from French manufacturing

WAGE GAINS FOR STAFF IN GLOBALLY ACTIVE FIRMS: New evidence from French manufacturing The more that a French manufacturing firm is involved in... More

EXPANSIONARY FISCAL POLICY IS HIGHLY EFFECTIVE WHEN NEEDED MOST – IN A DEEP RECESSION

When the economy is in bad shape, the effectiveness of increased government spending in boosting GDP depends on the depth of the recession. That is... More

DISAGREEING ON THE RIGHT PATH OF ECONOMIC REFORM: Why it leads to political paralysis and what can be done

Many developing countries find themselves politically paralysed because of fundamental disagreements about which reforms will deliver prosperity.... More

April 2015

EXCHANGE RATE VOLATILITY DOESN’T HARM INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT FLOWS: Evidence from G-7 inflows and outflows

Volatile exchange rates have not discouraged international investments flowing to and from advanced nations in recent years, contrary to the common... More

SURGING CAPITAL INFLOWS: Key drivers over 35 years

A surge of foreign capital coming into a developing country can be a consequence of the natural resources it owns or its high growth rate. In... More

INTERNATIONAL TRADE BENEFITS THE RICH MORE THAN THE POOR

Because high-income consumers spend a relatively larger share of their income on services and manufactured goods, they benefit more from international... More

BRIBING VOTERS TO BOLSTER DEMOCRACY: New evidence on fiscal redistribution ahead of elections

When governments in new democracies increase fiscal redistribution immediately before an election, their cunning isn’t just selfish opportunism: it’s... More

CAPPING POLITICAL DONATIONS: Not such a good idea when there’s strong competition at election time

Limits on the size of political donations lead to better government when the two parties are very unequal in strength; but a free-for-all is better if... More

THE SPREAD OF HIV INFECTION AMONG YOUNG AFRICAN WOMEN: Its roots in the slave trade

The slave trade created patterns of sexual behaviour that continue to contribute to the long-term spread of HIV among young women in sub-Saharan... More

BROADBAND ACCESS: All very useful but it doesn’t make UK firms more successful

Broadband use has no significant effect on the performance of firms – and policies designed to improve broadband access are unlikely to make firms... More

BOND MARKETS ACCELERATE ECONOMIC RECOVERY WHEN BANKS CUT LOANS: US lessons for Europe

Countries where businesses can easily raise finance in the bond market typically experience faster and stronger recoveries from a recession, according... More

THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION WAS DRIVEN BY MONEY AS WELL AS GOD

When Martin Luther started the Protestant Reformation in Germany in the 16th century he claimed ‘special divine grace’ was the secret of his success... More

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