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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

March 2016

TAXING AWAY M&A: The effect of corporate capital gains taxes on firms’ acquisition activity

High capital gains taxation prevents mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity that would benefit the shareholders of the companies involved. That... More

WHAT’S IN A NAME? New evidence of discrimination against African Americans in access to local public services

Requests for public information in the United States are less likely to receive responses if they come from a ‘black-sounding’ name. That is the... More

ETHNIC FAVOURITISM BY NATIONAL LEADERS: A global phenomenon

National leaders across the world are guilty of ‘ethnic favouritism’ – channelling public resources to their own homelands. That is the central... More

BRINGING HOME NEW NORMS: Evidence from the Middle East of how return migration affects gender beliefs

BRINGING HOME NEW NORMS: Evidence from the Middle East of how return migration affects gender beliefs Migration is responsible for new gender norms... More

TIGHT IMMIGRATION POLICIES BOOST THE SHADOW ECONOMY: Evidence from Italy

Immigration and tax evasion are closely linked, according to research by Emanuele Bracco and Luisanna Onnis, to be presented at the Royal Economic... More

SKILLS, SAFETY NETS AND SETTLERS: New evidence of European citizens’ attitudes to immigration and redistribution

European citizens tend to favour more restrictive migration policies when migrants have similar skills and are likely to compete for the same jobs. In... More

UK LEGISLATION BOOSTED JOB PROSPECTS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Disability discrimination laws can encourage teenagers with disabilities to leave school earlier because they have better job opportunities. That is... More

SURGES IN EMERGENCY ADMISSIONS REDUCE QUALITY OF CARE FOR NHS PATIENTS

Unexpected emergency admissions lead to reductions in the quality of care provided by NHS hospitals – and this is felt primarily by emergency patients... More

HONEYMOON TO HANGOVER: Changing jobs does not guarantee long-run happiness

The boost in happiness from changing jobs is short-lived and relies on people having left their jobs willingly. These are among the findings of... More

THE HIDDEN COST OF GLOBALISATION: UK evidence that import competition leads to mental distress

The competition brought about by globalisation can hurt workers’ mental health. That is the central finding of research by Italo Colantone, Rosario... More

WOMEN ON CORPORATE BOARDS: To make a difference to firm performance, they need to be on key governance committees

Simply appointing women to the board of a top company in response to regulatory pressure has, at best, a limited effect on firm performance. What... More

CHARITABLE BEHAVIOUR: UK evidence of the impact of the ‘big five’ personality traits

People’s donations of time and money to charities are strongly linked to their personalities. That is the main finding of research by Sarah Brown and... More

TIMING TRADE DISPUTES TO WIN VOTES: Evidence that US Presidents focus on key industries in swing states

American presidents strategically delay their reaction to violations of international trade rules so as to maximise their chances of remaining in... More

EUROPEAN COMMISSIONERS STILL BIASED TOWARDS THEIR HOMELANDS

Despite their claims of neutrality, Commissioners in the European Union (EU) tend to encourage spending on their home country. That is the central... More

NHS WALK-IN CENTRES DO LITTLE TO EASE PRESSURE ON A&E

Although walk-in NHS centres are popular, they are an expensive way and largely ineffective of taking the pressure off busy casualty departments. That... More

MUMS-TO-BE AIM FOR SPRING AND SUMMER BIRTHS

Mothers explicitly target spring and summer when planning to give birth, according to research by Climent Quintana-Domeque and colleagues, to be... More

PUBLIC FUNDING FOR OLD-AGE CARE DISCOURAGES SAVINGS: Evidence from Scotland

People tend to save less for their old age when they believe the government will pay for part of their care. That is the central finding of research... More

STAY-AT-HOME MILLENNIALS: Young adults copy friends and live with parents

Peer pressure means that more people are living with their parents because their friends are happy to do the same. That is the central finding of... More

A WARMER PLANET LEADS TO HOTTER CONFLICTS

Climate change is increasingly becoming a cause of armed conflict. That is the central finding of research by Mehdi Shiva, to be presented at the... More

TIME FOR GROWTH: The big impact of public mechanical clocks on Europe's economic development 1200-1800

Public mechanical clocks, which were first introduced in European cities in the late thirteenth century, were one of the most important innovations in... More

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