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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

PARENTAL MONEY OR TIME? New evidence on the trade-off in child development

Is parental income or time spent with the child more important for fostering child development? New research by Francesco Agostinelli and Giuseppe... More

PUPIL EXCLUSION IN UK ACADEMIES: Strict discipline not gaming results

Higher rates of exclusion of disruptive pupils in the first wave of academy schools in England were the result of the tough disciplinary approach that... More

FOREIGN INVESTMENT RAISES UK HOUSE PRICES

Demand from foreign investors has had a significant and positive effect on UK house price growth over the last 15 years, according to research by... More

BITCOIN REVEALS EXCHANGE RATE MANIPULATION & DETECTS CAPITAL CONTROLS

The internationally traded cryptocurrency Bitcoin is being used to circumvent manipulated exchange rates and restrictions on international financial... More

SCHENGEN AGREEMENT BOOSTS CROSS-BORDER COMMUTING

Implementation of the Schengen Agreement, which abolishes internal borders and enables passport-free movements across member states, increases... More

RAISING UK EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS: The impact of governance reforms

School autonomy in itself might not be enough to improve educational standards, according to research by Lorenzo Neri and Elisabetta Pasini, to be... More

POLICE-MONITORED CAMERAS: The impact on crime

Police cameras do reduce crime in monitored areas – but unfortunately crime is displaced to other areas. That is the central finding of research on... More

SPECIALISED DEGREES: Higher earnings but fewer entrepreneurs

Graduates with specialised degrees have higher earnings, but are less likely to become entrepreneurs, according to research by Dr Margaret Leighton,... More

DIFFICULTIES WITH MORTGAGE REPAYMENT: Determinants of borrower distress in the UK owner-occupier and buy-to-let markets

The global financial crisis has highlighted the need for a better understanding of the conditions in which some borrowers in the mortgage market... More

VOLUNTEERING FOR A NATIONALIST WAR: Evidence from Croatia

Having a ‘nationalist’ first name predicts costly patriotic behaviour in war, according to research by Štěpán Jurajda and Dejan Kovač, to be presented... More

MEASURE THE SUCCESS OF POLICY CHANGE ON NATIONAL WELLBEING

A broader range of indicators is required to assess social policy reforms to find out which of them actually improve wellbeing. That is the conclusion... More

LONDON CONGESTION CHARGE INCREASED HARM FROM POLLUTION

The reduction in traffic congestion associated with the introduction of a charge for driving during prime hours in London’s central district reduced... More

FISCAL STRESS IN THE EURO AREA: New evidence

New research finds strong evidence of a fiscal common core (response) in the euro area despite the lack of a formal fiscal union. The study by Eddie... More

PERSONALISED HEALTH WARNINGS CHANGE PEOPLE’S BEHAVIOUR: UK evidence

People who find out from visiting a nurse that they suffer from hypertension are likely to reduce their smoking and improve their diet, though there... More

MIDDLE-AGED AND OLDER JOBSEEKERS AVOIDED BY SWEDISH EMPLOYERS

The chances of being contacted by an employer in Sweden after applying for a job fall sharply after an individual reaches the age of 40; and closer to... More

RADIO BROADCASTS: Ending civil conflict through ‘defection messages’ to rebels

Radio broadcasts can be instrumental in ending civil conflict, according to research by Alex Armand, Paul Atwell and Joseph Gomes, to be presented at... More

PAY PREMIUM FOR STAFF AT INNOVATIVE FIRMS, ESPECIALLY THE LOW-SKILLED

More innovative firms pay their staff higher wages than those that spend less on research and development (R&D). Both high- and low-skill workers... More

WOMEN DELAY CHILDBEARING IN RESPONSE TO DOMESTIC ABUSE: UK evidence

Women who experience domestic violence are only half as likely to conceive a child in the following year compared with women who don’t. Using a unique... More

GENDER DIFFERENCES IN COMPETITIVENESS: Evidence from China

A strong message of gender equality even over a relatively short period can change women’s willingness to compete. That is one of the findings of... More

INFLATION TARGETING MAKES ECONOMIES MORE RESILIENT TO NATURAL DISASTERS

Countries where the central bank uses an inflation targeting framework for monetary policy are more resilient to the contractionary and inflationary... More

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