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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

BIG-BOX SUPERMARKETS IN SPAIN: Many grocers go out of business, but town centres reinvent themselves as specialist retailers fill the space

Spanish towns that allow large supermarkets to open nearby lose between 20% and 30% of their small grocery shops inside four years, according to a... More

THE CHINESE CITIES THAT TRADE BUILT: Export boom to the US after China joined the WTO ignited growth in urban areas

When China joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2001, the certainty that tariff barriers had come down rather than any change in tariffs... More

UNDERSTANDING THE NEXT HOUSING CRISIS: Housing risk will stabilise affordability if supply cannot, but it might take a price crash

High UK house prices increase the probability of a crash – and it's this factor which may make houses more affordable in the long run, according to... More

ACADEMIC PAPERS LOST IN THE STORM: How Hurricane Isaac led to reduced research collaboration and hence poorer science

When economists and other scientists attend conferences like the annual gathering of the Royal Economic Society, they are more likely to create... More


Smart kids from outside Italy more likely to be held back at school and pushed into vocational education than natives – but this can be... More

BILATERAL TRADE DEALS AFTER BREXIT: Evidence that both sides may lose

Post-Brexit bilateral trade deals with big countries like China, India and the United States may leave the UK worse off, according to research by Kwok... More

FAMILY VALUES: Evidence of cultural differences in how long-term care of the elderly happens at home

German-speaking seniors in Switzerland enter nursing homes when they are younger and fitter than their French-speaking counterparts French-speaking... More


Employee representation legislation from the European Union (EU) helped to secure flexible working-time arrangements, especially in companies with... More

EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS: The impact on cross-border shopping and commuting

Soaring franc causes Swiss shoppers to pop across to Italy each morning – while Italian workers head in the other direction A strong franc increased... More

March 2017

INEQUALITY AND ECONOMICS: Tony Atkinson’s enduring lessons

Sir Tony Atkinson, the doyen of inequality economics and former president of the Royal Economic Society, passed away in January 2017. Andrea... More

MAINTAINING ORGANISATIONAL PERFORMANCE IN TIMES OF GROWTH: New experimental evidence and lessons for firms and countries

New experimental research finds that it is possible for organisations to increase their size while maintaining performance even when new members come... More

MEDIA EXPOSURE OF SUSPECTS HELPS TO SOLVE CRIMES: Evidence from a Dutch crime-watch TV programme

The media can be an effective tool for tracking down crime suspects, according to research by Dinand Webbink, Judith van Erp and Froukje van Gastel,... More

REAL WAGES IN GERMANY: New evidence of considerable flexibility in response to changing economic conditions

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the real wages of workers in Germany are responsive to the business cycle, according to research by Heiko Stüber,... More

EMIGRATION OPPORTUNITIES BOOST DEMAND FOR EDUCATION IN POOR COUNTRIES: Evidence from Gurkha boys aspiring to join the British army

The opportunity for Gurkha boys in Nepal to join the British Army has a big positive effect on their rates of school enrolment and completion – and... More


Reported clinical quality plays an important role in determining which family doctor practice people in England choose. That is the central finding of... More

GETTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK FROM SICK LEAVE: Evidence from Sweden that early interventions are counterproductive

Early interventions to provide vocational rehabilitation for people on sick leave actually prolong the time they spend away from work. They also... More

BOOKS ARE FOREVER: New cross-European evidence of the impact of childhood conditions on education and lifetime earnings

Children who grow up around books do better in later life. That is the central finding of research by Giorgio Brunello, Guglielmo Weber and Christoph... More

BIG FALL IN INFANT MORTALITY FROM BETTER AIR QUALITY: Evidence from Turkey’s deployment of a nationwide natural gas infrastructure

The widespread replacement of coal with natural gas as Turkey’s key energy source over the past 25 years has led to much improved air quality – which... More


Research by Dr Sarah Burns and Professor James Ziliak provides new evidence that how personal incomes respond to changes in tax policy is much larger... More

February 2017


For immediate release, Monday 27 February 2017 The Royal Economic Society (RES) is one of the oldest and most prestigious economic associations in the... More

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