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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

The deep roots of Rebellion: Evidence from the Irish Revolution

Census records from 1911 show that 19th-century famine might have inspired descendants to rebel The Great Irish Famine of 1845-1850 may have... 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

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

CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN IN ITALY

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

June 2015

HOW TRADE LIBERALISATION BOOSTS GROWTH IN CHINA: New evidence of the impact of tariff reductions on assembly firms’ productivity

Reductions in input and output tariffs for firms engaged in ‘processing trade’ contributed at least one percentage point per year of China’s growth... More

THE ‘IRON LAW OF CONVERGENCE’: New evidence on how fast poor countries can catch up with the advanced economies

Analysis of two long-run cross-country data sets on economic growth lends support to the idea that there is a robust empirical regularity in the rate... More

INCREASING RETURNS TO SCALE: Why banking is dominated by a few big and highly leveraged firms

The domination of the banking industry by a handful of ‘too-big-to-fail’ and highly leveraged banks is driven by two forces at the heart of modern... More

PLEASE DON’T VOTE FOR ME: Evidence from Germany of elections with perverse incentives

Tactical voting is not confined to first-past-the-post electoral systems, according to research by Dr Jörg Spenkuch, published in the June 2015 issue... More

RESPONDING TO CLIMATE CHANGE: The challenge of policy-making when expert opinion is divided

Disagreement among social scientists means that many policy initiatives to tackle climate change threats remain economically contentious despite the... More

DROUGHT INCREASES THE SPREAD OF HIV IN AFRICA

Bad weather in sub-Saharan Africa increases the spread of HIV, according to a study published in the June 2015 issue of the Economic Journal. When the... More

ONLINE CHARITABLE FUNDRAISING: Evidence that donors are influenced by what others have given

Donors are strongly influenced by how much other people have given when it comes to giving online to fundraising websites. A single large donation of... More

May 2015

INEQUALITY, TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE AND GLOBALISATION

Trade and technology have quite different effects on US businesses, according to research by Professor David Autor and colleagues presented in his... More

COSTS AND BENEFITS OF INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INTEGRATION

The scale of cross-border financial flows has increased massively in recent years but it is hard to detect the benefits, according to research by... More

THE BENEFITS OF A WELL-RUN SCHOOL: Cross-country evidence of the link between management practices and pupil achievement

Better school management is associated with better pupil achievement, according to research by Professor Nicholas Bloom and colleagues. Their study,... More

TRADE BENEFITS OF SHARING A NATIVE LANGUAGE: New evidence from micro-regions within Switzerland

Speaking a common native language gives a strong positive boost to trade between two countries, according to a study of the French- German- and... More

SHARING PROFITS AND LOSSES FOR SOCIAL SOLIDARITY: New evidence of the key drivers of investment by poor African farmers

New research finds that investment levels by small-scale African farmers may be subdued because farmers dislike others in their community helping them... More

WAGE GAINS FOR STAFF IN GLOBALLY ACTIVE FIRMS: New evidence from French manufacturing

WAGE GAINS FOR STAFF IN GLOBALLY ACTIVE FIRMS: New evidence from French manufacturing The more that a French manufacturing firm is involved in... More

EXPANSIONARY FISCAL POLICY IS HIGHLY EFFECTIVE WHEN NEEDED MOST – IN A DEEP RECESSION

When the economy is in bad shape, the effectiveness of increased government spending in boosting GDP depends on the depth of the recession. That is... More

DISAGREEING ON THE RIGHT PATH OF ECONOMIC REFORM: Why it leads to political paralysis and what can be done

Many developing countries find themselves politically paralysed because of fundamental disagreements about which reforms will deliver prosperity.... More

April 2015

EXCHANGE RATE VOLATILITY DOESN’T HARM INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT FLOWS: Evidence from G-7 inflows and outflows

Volatile exchange rates have not discouraged international investments flowing to and from advanced nations in recent years, contrary to the common... More

SURGING CAPITAL INFLOWS: Key drivers over 35 years

A surge of foreign capital coming into a developing country can be a consequence of the natural resources it owns or its high growth rate. In... More

INTERNATIONAL TRADE BENEFITS THE RICH MORE THAN THE POOR

Because high-income consumers spend a relatively larger share of their income on services and manufactured goods, they benefit more from international... More

BRIBING VOTERS TO BOLSTER DEMOCRACY: New evidence on fiscal redistribution ahead of elections

When governments in new democracies increase fiscal redistribution immediately before an election, their cunning isn’t just selfish opportunism: it’s... More

CAPPING POLITICAL DONATIONS: Not such a good idea when there’s strong competition at election time

Limits on the size of political donations lead to better government when the two parties are very unequal in strength; but a free-for-all is better if... More

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