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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

LESSONS IN TWO LANGUAGES BOOST WAGES: Catalan residents educated bilingually earn more than their Spanish-only peers

Residents of Catalonia who were educated in two languages at school later out-earned their peers whose lessons were only Spanish, according to... More

RAISING MEXICO’S MINIMUM WAGE WOULD BE A WIN-WIN-WIN Local increase in 2012 increased pay, employment and informal sector wages too

A rise in Mexico’s poverty-level minimum wage increased both wages and employment in the area in which it was attempted, according to research by... More

POOR HEALTH HITS YOU IN YOUR SAVINGS ACCOUNT: Evidence that people with high BMI, bigger waists or diabetes save less

People with high BMI or diabetes save less, according to research by Sarah Brown, Daniel Gray, Jennifer Roberts and colleagues, to be presented at the... More

FEELING UNDER FINANCIAL STRAIN: Shocks outside our control more likely than persistent poverty to make us believe we can't cope

The feeling of not being able to cope financially has a more negative effect on our mental and physical health then the size of our debts or how much... More

EDUCATION CUTS OBESITY FOR SOME, BUT RAISES BLOOD PRESSURE FOR OTHERS: New analysis of the long-term effects of staying in school longer

More secondary education improves health in middle age by reducing body fat and the prevalence of lung conditions, but it also worsens health by... More

CASHLESS SOCIETY? New research on the origins of money suggests that it was introduced to raise taxes, not replace barter

Money was not created to replace barter, as most historians suggest, but to boost trade that rulers could tax. This new theory of the origins of money... More

GRADUATE EDUCATION CREATES TECH INNOVATION: New evidence that researcher inventions mirror academic fecundity more than industry experience

Graduate education beats on-the-job learning as the predominant driver of new inventions in tech firms, according to research by James D Adams, to be... More

‘EXUBERANCE’ CAUSED THE UK HOUSE PRICE BOOM

Easy credit or housing shortages can't explain why prices kept rising The supply of or demand for housing cannot explain the sustained rise in British... More

GIVING STUDENTS A NUDGE: German school children do better in the same test when their marks don't start at zero

Simple changes to the way that school tests are marked can motivate high-performing students to do better, according to research by Valentin Wagner,... More

THE LONGER YOU WAIT, THE MORE YOU PAY: Unlike its planes, Easyjet prices go up but don't come down

Easyjet's dynamic pricing model may sometimes slow the rate at which ticket prices go up, but bargain-hunters who wait until the last minute will... More

IT’S NOT THE DIVORCE THAT DAMAGES KIDS: New UK evidence that children of disrupted families are harmed more by the environment before their parents split

When children of divorced parents have lower cognitive and non-cognitive skills, the divorce itself might not be to blame. That’s the implication of... More

SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUBS WORK THEIR MAGIC: ‘Exceptional’ educational gains from offering free food in disadvantaged primaries

Providing school breakfasts free to all children in disadvantaged English primary schools helps them to make two months’ additional progress in... More

THE ECONOMICS OF A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP: When their babies wake them, parents work and earn less

Sleep deprivation has a strong negative effect on labour market performance, according to research by Joan Costa-Font and Sarah Flèche of the Centre... More

THE GENDER GAP IN CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR: Male crooks are more often driven by profit; females by fear of getting caught

Women are more likely than men to decide not to commit a crime when the probability of arrest goes up. Men, contrast, are more likely to go straight... More

HOUSEWORK AND MARRIAGE: Married women are tidier than married men, even before tying the knot – and do even more chores afterwards

Married women did more housework than average for their gender even before they got hitched, but married men did less. That is one of the findings of... More

IMMIGRANT LABOUR IMPROVES WORKING CONDITIONS FOR LOCALS

They're not taking jobs from natives, they're making those jobs better Immigration is often accused of reducing the wages and job opportunities of... More

WHEN JUSTICE WASN’T BLIND: 19th century Old Bailey juries convicted more often when the death penalty was off the table

The abolition of the death penalty in nineteenth century England led to harsher sentences and raised the chances that defendants would be convicted.... More

A SUBSIDISED TRAGEDY: Saving Mediterranean migrants channels $40 million a year to organised crime

Operations to rescue migrants from the Mediterranean may inadvertently be subsidising organised crime by $40 million a year, according to research by... More

THE HOUSING BUBBLE BABY BOOM: Spiralling UK house prices mean homeowners have more kids, but renters postpone starting families

Rising house prices cause homeowners to have more kids and renters to have fewer, according to research by Cevat Giray Aksoy, to be presented at the... More

WHEN GODFATHERS BECOME ENTREPRENEURS

Mafia Inc. became Robin Hood for Italian business when bank credit dried up in the financial crisis Broke Italian entrepreneurs were increasingly... More

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