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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

May 2018

THE IMPACT OF MALARIA ON EARLY AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT: Evidence from the sickle cell trait

While malaria historically claimed millions of African lives, it did not hold back the continent’s economic development. That is one of the findings... More

A POSSIBLE DOWNSIDE OF ‘NUDGE’ POLICIES: People may come to rely on default options too much

The popularity of ‘nudge’ policies, which use people’s psychological biases to steer them towards better choice, has a potential side... More

ECONOMICS OF MELTING ICECAPS: Big shift in world trade patterns expected as the Northern Sea Route becomes commercially viable

The opening of the Northern Sea Route for high volume commercial traffic through the Arctic Ocean, which is becoming possible as a consequence of... More

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: A North-South perspective on patent protection and compulsory licensing

How can developing countries get access to patented pharmaceuticals and other products at reasonable prices if they are required under World Trade... More

March 2018

LARGE-SCALE ECONOMETRIC MODELS: Do they have a future?

At the Royal Economic Society’s 2018 annual conference at the University of Sussex, Professor Roger Farmer organised a special session on the future... More

PRODUCTIVITY PUZZLES PAST AND PRESENT: NIESR’s 80th anniversary special session

Productivity weakness has become one of the most striking characteristics of the UK’s recent economic performance. Output per hour worked, which grew... More

EXCEPTIONAL STAFF COMMITMENT HELPS BOOST SCHOOL PERFORMANCE: UK evidence

School employees in the UK are more committed to their organisations than employees of organisations elsewhere in the economy, according to a new... More

ANTIBIOTICS BOOSTED WOMEN’S CAREERS: Evidence from 20th century America

Declines in child mortality due to the invention of the first antibiotics caused American women to delay their fertility and increase their labour... More

POLITICAL LENDING CYCLES: How banks in Turkey support the ruling party

Governments may use commercial bank lending to support allies and punish opponents in local elections, according to research by Çağatay Bircan and... More

MAKING SURE CHARITABLE DONATIONS ARE PUT TO GOOD USE

For efficient use of foreign aid, it should be provided to developing countries through a mixture of discretionary transfers and structural projects.... More

MEDIEVAL ORIGINS OF SPAIN’S ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY

The frontier of medieval warfare between Christian and Muslim armies in southern Spain provides a surprisingly powerful explanation of current... More

ADVANTAGES OF EMPLOYER-SPONSORED IMMIGRATION: Evidence from Australia

Employer-sponsored immigration schemes are more effective than a points-based system in sending workers to regions where they’re needed most. That is... More

SPEAKING TO THE MASSES ABOUT MONETARY POLICY: New evidence on central bank communications

The UK public’s understanding of monetary policy structures appears to have been largely immune to the Bank of England’s communication revolution:... More

THE EUROPEAN REFUGEE CRISIS AND HOUSE PRICES: UK evidence

The value of lower priced and lower quality housing tends to fall relative to higher priced and higher quality units in response to an increase in... More

SCIENTISTS PENALISED BY MOTHERHOOD: Evidence from Italian universities

Female academics with young children find it more difficult to access research funding and generate attention for their results than their male... More

PAST PROJECT FAILURE IMPROVES WORKERS’ PRODUCTIVITY: Experimental evidence

Hearing about past organisational failure acts as a productivity boost for workers, according to research by Sabrina Jeworrek, Vanessa Mertins and... More

ECONOMIC INCENTIVES AND GENDER IDENTITY: Evidence from Swedish couples

When economic incentives such as tax rates change, the substitutability between the time spent by mothers and fathers in childcare in Sweden is... More

SODA TAXES TARGET THE YOUNG BUT NOT INDIVIDUALS WITH HIGH SUGAR DIETS

A growing number of jurisdictions have adopted taxes on sugary drinks to help combat excessive sugar consumption. New research by Pierre Dubois,... More

GLOBAL INTEGRATION BENEFITS FIRM HEALTH BUT EXACERBATES CRISES

Global integration can be both beneficial and harmful for firms, according to research by Everett Grant and Julieta Yung, to be presented at the Royal... More

GOLD IN THE DUST: The impact of artisanal mines on local living standards

Perhaps as much as 4% of the world’s population depends directly on artisanal mines, which produce about 20% of the minerals we use. And according to... More

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