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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

December 2017

ACHIEVING EFFECTIVE CLIMATE POLICY: The relative importance of making global agreements and caring about future generations

A small increase in international cooperation would do more to achieve stronger climate policy compared with a small increase in how much we are... More

POOR HEALTH CONDITIONS MAKE COUNTRIES MORE PRONE TO CIVIL CONFLICT

The prevalence of infectious diseases in a country has a striking impact on the likelihood of civil war, according to research by Matteo Cervellati,... More

EXPLAINING THE ISLAMIC REVIVAL IN THE ARAB WORLD: Evidence from Egypt

By raising people’s aspirations and then failing to deliver, economic development can make a society more prone to religious revivals. That is the... More

BAD DEFAULT OPTIONS LEAD TO CONSUMER ERROR, ESPECIALLY AMONG POORER PEOPLE: Evidence from a fraudulent subscription programme

A new study in the Economic Journal provides evidence that poor choice design can cause consumer errors – and that these errors can be larger in... More

WHEN ART BECAME AN ATTRACTIVE INVESTMENT: New evidence on the valuation of artworks in wartime France

The art market in France during the Nazi occupation provided one of the best available investment opportunities, according to research by Kim... More

EXCESSIVE REWARDS FOR TOP MANAGERS? New analysis of talent, incentive contracts and income inequality

One distinct feature of the rise in income inequality over recent decades is the surging incomes of the working rich, particularly the pay of a class... More

WHY SEXUAL REPRODUCTION ONLY HAPPENS IN PAIRS: New insights into unresolved problems in evolutionary biology

New research analyses why across the natural world sexual reproduction never involves mixing the genetic material of three individuals of a species.... More

AUCTION DESIGN: The impact of potential post-auction transactions

In auctions where there is potential resale of the items under the hammer, bidders who are prepared to pay the most may decide not to compete and... More

November 2017

HOW THE INTERNET CREATES DENSER SOCIAL NETWORKS: New experimental evidence

By changing the relative cost of the different ways in which people gather information, today’s information and communications technology enables... More

TACKLING ORGANISED CRIME: New insights into designing an effective amnesty programme for whistle-blowers

New research explores how policy-makers can design programmes of judicial leniency that encourage low-level criminals with inside information on crime... More

THE RISE OF PRIVATE EXTERNAL DEBT: Why improving domestic creditor rights alone is not helpful for emerging market economies

The past three decades have seen private firms becoming increasingly important as independent participants in the global capital market. In a sample... More

THE EFFECTS OF THE DISEASE ENVIRONMENT ON PEOPLE’S NUTRITIONAL NEEDS: Evidence from India

Eliminating open defecation in India would save the average person about 50 calories per day, according to research by Josephine Duh and Dean Spears,... More

FALSE DIAGNOSES OF MARKET FAILURE: New insights into the buyers, pricing and coverage of insurance policies

Is it really possible to tell if insurance markets are functioning effectively without too many high- or low-risk buyers of policies? That is the... More

THE BIRTH CONTROL REVOLUTION: New analysis of the role of contraception in the demographic transition to low birth and death rates

Demographers have long observed that as a country evolves from a pre-industrial society to an industrialised one, it undergoes a transition from high... More

October 2017

THE RESEARCH REPRODUCIBILITY CRISIS AND THE ECONOMICS OF SCIENCE: New studies in the October 2017 issue of the Economic Journal

There is ongoing discussion about the extent to which scientific research is reproducible. The October 2017 issue of the Economic Journal includes... More

ASSET PRICES BUBBLES: Evidence from an experimental market of the roles of confusion and strategic uncertainty

Uncertainty about the potentially non-rational behaviour of other people plays as important a role as confusion in generating asset prices bubbles.... More

FAIR VALUE ACCOUNTING FUELS ASSET PRICE BUBBLES: Experimental evidence

Fair value or ‘mark-to-market’ accounting – which adjusts the reported value of a firm’s assets to reflect changing market prices – leads to bigger... More

THE VALUE OF INVESTING IN HISTORIC BUILDINGS: Evidence from house prices in the Netherlands

Investments in cultural heritage have a positive effect on house prices, according to research by Hans Koster and Jan Rouwendal, published in the... More

TAXPAYERS WOULD SAVE BILLIONS WITH NEW TRADING RULES

Society could save billions of dollars every day if trading in commodities, energy and securities was made more competitive through a minor rule... More

BOOSTING PUBLIC SECTOR PRODUCTIVITY: Effective incentive schemes require careful design

Well-designed incentive schemes can raise productivity in public sector agencies, according to research published in the October 2017 issue of the... More

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