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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

March 2018

TRANSPARENCY OF MONETARY POLICY IN THE POST-CRISIS WORLD

Central banks have continued to pursue greater monetary policy transparency since the global financial crisis, according to research by Nergiz Dincer,... More

TOXIC ROADS: Fatal effects of waste dumping in Ethiopia

Living near newly built roads in Ethiopia is associated with higher rates of infant mortality, according to research by Caterina Gennaioli and Gaia... More

ROLE MODELS: Student exam performance inspired by Queen of Katwe movie

Watching a movie featuring an inspiring role model made it more likely that Ugandan school students would pass their national exams and get into... More

GETTING POOR PEOPLE TO TAKE UP PREVENTIVE HEALTH PRODUCTS

Substantial efforts are devoted to increasing consumption of preventive health products such as mosquito nets and chlorine tablets, including through... More

HOW EUROZONE FISCAL POLICY AFFECTS THE UK – and vice versa

A tax rise or public spending cut in the euro area has sizeable effects on the UK economy; but such ‘fiscal shocks’ in the UK have negligible effects... More

FOREIGN-BORN WORKERS BOOST EXPORTS: Evidence from France

The export performance of French manufacturing firms improves with the employment of immigrant workers, according to research by Léa Marchal and... More

LABOUR INCOME INEQUALITY HURTS GROWTH, CAPITAL INEQUALITY BOOSTS IT

There is a subtle relationship between inequality, redistribution, taxes and growth, according to research by Weijie Luo, to be presented at the Royal... More

GETTING MORE WOMEN INTO POLITICS: Evidence from French mayoral elections

Incumbency is not a barrier to women's entry into politics, according to research by Quentin Lippmann of the Paris School of Economics, to be... More

DUTCH COFFEE SHOPS REDUCE LOCAL HOUSE PRICES

Dutch coffee shops selling cannabis have a negative effect on house prices in the surrounding neighbourhoods that is equivalent to a financial loss of... More

QUANTITATIVE EASING AND THE ‘NEW NORMAL’ IN MONETARY POLICY

Periods during which short-term nominal interest rates are stuck at their effective lower bound may be more frequent and costly in the future, as... More

DIVERSIFICATION INCREASES FIRMS’ RESILIENCE TO SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTION: Evidence from the SARS epidemic in China

The experience of Chinese importers during the SARS epidemic indicates the value of having suppliers from a wide range of places. New research by... More

LOSS OF BARGAINING POWER EXPLAINS DECLINE OF WAGE SHARE RELATIVE TO PROFITS

Changes in bargaining power – in particular the fall in union density and welfare state retrenchment – lie at the core of rising income inequality... More

A POSTGRADUATE DEGREE PROTECTS YOU AGAINST THE BUSINESS CYCLE: US evidence

People in the United States with postgraduate degrees experience smaller shocks to their pay over the business cycle than those who only have bachelor... More

CHEAP AIR TRAVEL SPURS SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATION

The availability of cheap air flight increases collaborations between scientists, according to research by Christian Catalini, Christian Fons-Rosen... More

WORLD WAR II PROMOTED RACIAL INTEGRATION IN AMERICA’S SOUTH

During the Second World War, the share of black workers in semi-skilled occupations in the American South increased as they filled vacancies created... More

SOCIAL INTEGRATION CUTS INEQUALITY: Evidence from conscription in Finland

Moving from a segregated society towards one that is more integrated reduces wage and earnings inequality. That is the central finding of research by... More

A RAT RACE OF UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE: Korean evidence on private tutoring

High school students in South Korea spend large amounts of money on private tutoring although its impact on university entrance is negligible and... More

THE MONEY MULTIPLIER IN THE FINANCIAL CRISIS: A quantitative evaluation

Without the extraordinary interventions of the Federal Reserve in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, the US economy would have a... More

UK CONSUMER PRICES: New evidence of their vulnerability to exchange rate fluctuations

Following the depreciation of sterling after the Brexit referendum, UK inflation rose by 2.3 percentage points when taking account of so-called... More

EUROPE’S PRODUCTIVITY SHORTFALL LIES IN THE SERVICE SECTOR

Poor productivity in Europe’s growing service sector is the main reason for the recent reversal of economic ‘catch-up’ with the United States. Three... More

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