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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

April 2017

BILINGUAL CHILDREN DO BETTER IN TESTS: US evidence that speaking two languages in the early years gives kids a head start in life

Parents who worry about confusing their babies by speaking two languages at home don’t need to fret: children between the ages of 3 and 12 who speak... More

NOT KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES: Some US city neighbourhoods have income inequality higher than Mexico or Chile

Even close neighbours in American cities have income differences much higher than the national average for inequality – sometime as high as in the... More


High indebtedness drives gap between the haves and have nots Countries that combine high levels of debt with austerity policies create a more unequal... More

I’LL LEAVE IT, THANKS: Shoppers under pressure shun time-limited offers

Bad news for pushy sales people: putting pressure on us to buy now or miss out doesn’t necessarily make us go for limited-time offers. That’s the... More


Lack of credit choked off long-term investment, enfeebling growth The financial crisis choked off the investment in research and development (R&D)... More

‘ASSORTATIVE MATING’: A genetic assessment of marriage markets

In traditional marriages, education of the spouse was the main attribute driving the benefits from marriage. But the sexual revolution transformed the... More

A BOT IN THE ECHO CHAMBER: Evidence that fake #Brexit news spread by fake users helped to drive the two sides apart

Automated software agents – ‘bots’ – used to spread either ‘leave’ or ‘remain’ social media stories during and after the Brexit referendum drove the... More

DON’T BLAME GRANDDAD IF YOU FLUNK SCHOOL: Brits who do badly in class least likely to have low-achieving grandparents

If you want to know how a child will do at school, look at the family. Or maybe not, according to a study of multigenerational mobility in the UK, the... More


Education reforms have had no impact on kids’ ability to save, invest or avoid debt problems Changes in the law to give children additional schooling... More


Pupils at primary schools in England that converted early to academy status made better progress than their counterparts who attended schools that... More

OLD-AGE POVERTY SPAWNS CHILD LABOUR: Evidence from Malawi that lack of state pension keeps kids out of school

The lack of a state pension in Malawi is encouraging child labour, according to a study by Leandro De Magalhaes, to be presented at the Royal Economic... More


The improvements in communications made possible by high-speed rail in France has boosted profit margins for big firms with many sites around the... More

SOCIAL NETWORKING: More time spent online makes children less happy with their lives

Children who spend more time social networking online feel less happy with a number of different aspects of their lives. That is the key finding of... More

ON THE CAUSES OF BREXIT: How migration from Eastern Europe contributed to the rise of UK Euroscepticism

Migration from Eastern Europe contributed to the growth of UK scepticism about the European Union (EU) as measured by electoral support for the UK... More

BLOOD THINNER THAN WATER WHEN TIMES GET TOUGH: UK evidence that Increasing foreign competition pushes family members out of firms

When competition from abroad increases, family firms are more likely to fire family members who are senior managers than managers who are unrelated to... More

YOU BROKE THE PLANET, YOU PAY FOR IT Brits and Czechs willing to pay high price to hit international climate targets, but only using polluter pays principle

The public is more likely to accept climate policies if the polluter pays principle is implemented, and if they know the action is international,... More

CARING FOR ELDERLY FAMILY REDUCES WORKING HOURS In Scotland, free care has increased the time that family carers give to their jobs

When governments provide free formal care, families of the elderly reduce their informal care hours, and become more likely to work and work longer.... More

VOTES FOR WOMEN, JUST NOT YET: Late extension of the Swiss franchise was the result of men concerned about reduced decision-making power

Swiss men were less willing to vote to enfranchise women if they feared it would prise their fingers off the levers of local politics in future. That... More

GENDER DIFFERENCES IN PEER REVIEW: Economics papers by women are stalled longer at journals – but they end up more readable and more improved

Research papers with female authors spend six months longer in peer review at the top economics journals, according to research by Erin Hengel, to be... More

MATHS IN THE MORNING, IMPROVE YOUR SCORING Schools can get a free bump in outcomes by scheduling mathematics lessons before lunch – and history later in the day

Academic performance is better among students who do their mathematics lessons early in the morning and history in the afternoon, according to a study... More

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