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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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Annual Conference Reports/Overviews produced by conference rapporteurs, leading economics journalists attending conference, are also available.

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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

June 2018

THE IMPACT OF VOTING RIGHTS ON FINANCIAL SYSTEMS: Evidence from two centuries of suffrage reforms in 18 countries

Extending voting rights to broader segments of the population has a significant impact on the way that countries finance their economies. That is the... More

GAMBLING REGULATIONS: New analysis of the impossibility of protecting risk‐takers

Is it possible to regulate gambling without significantly restricting other sales mechanisms such as auctions? Not according to research by Toomas... More

SERIOUS HEALTH THREATS FROM POOR SANITATION: Evidence on anaemia in Nepal

The disease of anaemia, which has been widely thought of as largely arising from poor nutrition in developing countries, turns out to be shaped by... More

THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT: Impact on local economies

The cost of creating each new job through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was approximately $53,000, according to research by Bill Dupor... More

May 2018

SAVING LIVES THROUGH GUN PURCHASE WAITING PERIODS: New evidence

Gun purchase waiting periods don't stop mass shootings but they can save hundreds of lives a year – maybe thousands – that suicide would have ended.... More

DEMAND FOR MEDICAL CARE: Evidence of the impact of ‘reference health’

How much medical care people choose to consume is influenced not just by their current health but also by the level of health to which they become... More

AMERICANS PICK LONGER COMMUTES OVER HIGHER TAXES: New evidence

US households are willing to accept longer commutes to work in exchange for lower state income taxes, according to research by David Agrawal and... More

CHOICE OF UNIVERSITY SUBJECT & LATER LIFE OUTCOMES: Italian evidence

In classes where there is a majority of boys, relatively low-achieving male school students are more likely to choose to study economics, business or... More

ACCESS TO CITIZENSHIP PROMOTES IMMIGRANTS’ ECONOMIC ASSIMILATION

Reforms in Germany that allowed some immigrants to naturalise up to eight years faster than others boosted their economic and social assimilation.... 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

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

THE IMPACT OF THE FIRST WOMEN JURORS ON COURTROOM DECISIONS

The addition of women to juries in England in the early twentieth century had a significant impact on conviction rates, particularly for cases in... More

‘HARMLESS’ CHEATING IN THE LAB LINKED TO MISBEHAVIOUR IN REAL LIFE

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

ALL ROADS LEAD TO AMERICA: New evidence on transit migration

Blocking direct migration from developing countries to high-income countries, such as the United States, might have many unintended and unforeseen... More

COMPETITION IN THE MARKET FOR LUXURY GOODS WASTES RESOURCES

When the goal of luxury purchases is to signal their buyers’ incomes – ‘conspicuous consumption’ – then a monopoly will deliver those signals... More

BOOSTING PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH VIA IMMIGRATION: New evidence of the impact of migrants as drivers of knowledge diffusion

International migration, particularly of skilled people, is an important influence on the diffusion of knowledge across national borders, promoting... More

HIGH-SPEED RAIL BOOSTS CORPORATE PROFITS BUT CENTRALISES JOBS IN BIG CITIES: Evidence from France

The improvement in communications made possible by high-speed rail in France has slightly increased the profit margins of big firms with many sites... More

ACADEMIC PAPERS LOST IN THE STORM: How Hurricane Isaac led to reduced research collaboration and hence poorer science

When economists and other scientists attend conferences like the annual gathering of the Royal Economic Society, they are more likely to create... More

BIG SUPERMARKETS CAN’T ALWAYS SQUEEZE SMALL SUPPLIERS: Evidence from Chilean coffee suppliers

Small suppliers bargaining with large supermarket chains are not necessarily doomed to earn meagre profits. That is the central finding of research by... More

NUDGING LONG-TERM ABSENTEES BACK TO WORK: Evidence from Norway of a highly effective, policy intervention for sick-listed workers

New research shows that a small ‘nudge’ – in the form of a compulsory ‘dialogue meeting’ for workers who are off sick for long periods – can be enough... More

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