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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

September 2017

ECONOMICS OF GRIEF: New evidence of the impact on parents of losing a child

The loss of a child has an immediate effect on almost every aspect of family life – from reducing household income to increasing the likelihood of... More

ALIMONY RIGHTS FOR COHABITING PARTNERS: New evidence of the limits of government intervention in couples’ relationships

Legal reforms to protect weaker partners in cohabitation relationships that end in separation seem to bring little benefit for people in partnerships... More

PRE-REFORMATION ROOTS OF THE PROTESTANT ETHIC: Evidence of a nine centuries old belief in the virtues of hard work stimulating economic growth

Max Weber’s well-known conception of the ‘Protestant ethic’ was not uniquely Protestant: according to research published in the September 2017 issue... More

WHERE TOP SCIENCE GETS DONE: UK evidence of the impact of big research infrastructure facilities on local scientific output

Big scientific research facilities like the UK’s Diamond Light Source benefit scientists in their direct geographical proximity significantly more... More

August 2017

THE BENEFITS OF RISKY SCIENCE: No news can be good news for scientific progress

Research by Professor Michael Mandler argues that scientific progress can accelerate when scientists are less than fully informed about the advances... More

ATTRACTING HIGH-PAYING JOBS TO A LOCAL ECONOMY BOOST WAGES FOR EVERYONE: New evidence from Germany of the potential of industrial policy

Attracting a high-paying industry to a region leads to higher wages across all industries in the local economy. That is the central message of... More

WAGE INEQUALITY IN SPAIN: New evidence of the impact of boom and bust in the housing market

Rises and falls in the demand for construction workers have had a big impact on earnings inequality in Spain, according to new research by Stéphane... More


Differences in the structure of social networks can have significant implications for people’s accumulation of human capital for themselves and their... More


Differences in the structure of social networks can have significant implications for people’s accumulation of human capital for themselves and their... More

MIDDLE CLASS ACTIVISM: Why it’s rarely the most disadvantaged who drive political change

It is a longstanding puzzle that the middle classes rather than the poor typically cause political ferment and spearhead mass movements against the... More

DISCRIMINATION IN THE LABOUR MARKET: The curse of competition between workers from different groups

Discrimination by employers against particular groups of workers, whether based on gender, ethnicity or some other characteristic, becomes more... More

SELECTIVE SCHOOL SYSTEMS: Evidence from Germany and implications for the UK debate about grammar schools

Germany has a seemingly rigorous selective education system that ‘tracks’ children into three different school types based on ability at the age of... More

ANNUITIES LESS ATTRACTIVE IN CASE OF POTENTIAL HEALTH COSTS: New evidence on how to allocate pension wealth on retirement

Many people at or nearing retirement require much better advice on what to do with their pension savings. In many countries, they need to think... More

INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT IN AFRICA: Lessons from colonial times for today’s big network modernisation projects

Colonial investments in rail infrastructure transformed Africa’s economic geography, according to research by Rémi Jedwab, Edward Kerby and Alexander... More

CHRONICLE OF A WAR FORETOLD: Macroeconomic effects of spending announcements on defence

Announced changes in US public spending on defence have a significant impact on the economic behaviour of firms and households, according to research... More

TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE: Evidence from Norway of the impact of benefit levels on labour supply

The duration and outcome of spells on temporary disability insurance (TDI) depend critically on the claimants’ economic incentives as well as on local... More


Being part of a trading area like the European Union (EU) not only generates the usual gains from specialisation – with more production and investment... More

CHILDREN DO NOT BEHAVE LIKE ADULTS: New evidence on gender gaps in performance and risk-taking from TV game shows

While pre-teen girls and boys are equally willing to take risks in high-stakes situations, adult women have less of an appetite for risk than men. But... More

July 2017


People may be paying too high a price to extend the leases on their homes according to new research from the London School of Economics and Political... 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

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