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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

EUROPEAN MONETARY POLICY IN CRISIS TIMES: New evidence on the interest rate channel

The interest rate channel through which monetary policy is transmitted to the wider economy never entirely broke down, even at the height of the... More

THE GREAT RECESSION AND THE UK LABOUR MARKET: New evidence of the employment benefits of wage flexibility

The rise in unemployment following the Great Recession would have been larger had wage-setting in the UK been less flexible. That is the central... More

THE IMPACT OF SYSTEMIC FINANCIAL STRESS ON THE REAL ECONOMY: New evidence for Europe

Real economic stress lasts on average six months longer when it is associated with financial market stress. What’s more, the decline in GDP is on... More

GOVERNMENT SPENDING EFFECTS ON EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSEHOLD INCOMES: New US evidence

Defence spending – and perhaps government spending more generally – may not be a useful way to boost employment at the national level. That is one of... More

CAPITAL CONTROLS IN EMERGING MARKET ECONOMIES: Ineffective for macroeconomic management and with potentially damaging side-effects

Capital controls imposed by emerging market economies are ineffective for macroeconomic management and may have stronger international spillovers than... More

AIR POLLUTION HARMS FOOTBALLERS’ PERFORMANCE: Evidence from Germany’s Bundesliga

Air pollution is responsible for harming footballers’ performance. That is the main finding of research by Andreas Lichter, Nico Pestel and Eric... More

THE HIGH HEALTHCARE COSTS OF POLLUTION: Evidence from a volcano in Hawaii

Sulphur dioxide pollution from a Hawaiian volcano has caused over $6 million of healthcare costs since 2008, according to research by Timothy... More

GLOBAL TRADE IN SERVICES IS CONSTRAINED BY BORDER BARRIERS

New research reveals that international trade in services faces significant border barriers. The study by James Anderson, Ingo Borchert, Aaditya... More

STRICTER PRODUCT STANDARDS ARE GOOD FOR TRADE: Evidence from pesticides in agricultural products

Stricter standards to make products safer for consumers can encourage international trade, regardless of who imposes them. That is the central finding... More

INDIA’S MISSING OLDER WOMEN: New evidence of unequal treatment within the family

Indian women over the age of 45 die at a disproportionately higher rate than men their age, according to research by Rossella Calvi, to be presented... More

LATER MARRIAGES PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN EUROPE’S HISTORIC GROWTH TAKE-OFF

Western Europe experienced the earliest modern economic growth and also had a uniquely high female age at first marriage – around 25 – from at the... More

PROPERTY RIGHTS IN LAND: Key to the processes of urbanisation and growth in developing countries

Land policies that reduce the cost of establishing formal ownership or protect informal dwellers against evictions can stimulate productivity in... More

DEEP HISTORICAL ROOTS OF MODERN INEQUALITY: How the Reconquista still shapes Spain’s economy

The Christian Kingdoms’ Reconquest of Spain between the eight and fifteenth centuries set in motion processes that generated persistent inequality,... More

MALARIA SHAPED AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT

Malaria has played a key role in the development of sub-Saharan Africa, according to research by Matthias Flückiger and Markus Ludwig, to be presented... More

MINING COMMUNITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA SAW BIGGEST INCOME GAINS AFTER APARTHEID

The incomes of marginalised black communities in South Africa improved faster in the post-apartheid era in those parts of the country with higher... More

AIR POLLUTION HARMS FOOTBALLERS’ PERFORMANCE: Evidence from Germany’s Bundesliga

Air pollution is responsible for harming footballers’ performance. That is the main finding of research by Andreas Lichter, Nico Pestel and Eric... More

SPEED KILLS, NOT ONLY THE SUDDEN STOP: New evidence of the impact of international capital flows on banking crises

Episodes of rapid growth in international capital flows are associated with banking crises. For the typical country, a crisis is at least three times... More

THE INTERNET DOES SHRINK THE WORLD: Evidence from eBay of the ‘death of distance’ and its potential for boosting trade and incomes

Distance between countries impedes international trade, but it matters 65% less for trade on the eBay platform than for traditional offline trade.... More

MANY YOUNG LIVES COULD BE SAVED BY REDUCING AIR POLLUTION: Evidence from Mexico City

Bringing down levels of carbon monoxide and particulate matter in the air of Mexico City by just 1% each would result in a reduction of approximately... More

HOUSE PRICES IN ENGLAND: New evidence on how planning constraints drive their rapid growth

House prices in the South East of England would have been roughly 25% lower in 2008 and perhaps 30% lower in 2015 if the region had planning... More

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