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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

November 2015

INSTRUCTION TIME AND CLASSROOM QUALITY: The effects on teenagers’ school performance

Teenagers can get better results from additional hours in school – but only if they are in a classroom environment that is conducive to learning.... More

CLASSROOM HOURS: International evidence of the impact on student achievement

The longer the time that teenagers spend in the classroom, the better their results. That is the central finding of research by Professor Victor Lavy,... More

MOTHERS’ HEALTH SUFFERED DURING THE GREAT RECESSION: US evidence

Higher US unemployment rates during the Great Recession led to poorer self-reported health and increased levels of smoking and drug use among mothers.... More

September 2015

HIGHLY EDUCATED AMERICAN WOMEN NO LONGER HAVE FEWER KIDS

Since the turn of the millennium, highly educated women in the United States have had higher fertility rates than women with intermediate levels of... More

MONETARY POLICY: It’s essential to consider the transactions role of money

The extent to which consumers use cash in their transactions should be an important consideration in monetary policy-making, according to research by... More

ELECTORAL SYSTEMS AND VOTER TURNOUT: New theoretical research on who benefits

In societies where there is a strong minority – perhaps the so-called ‘1%’ – that stacks the deck against the majority, a more proportional electoral... More

TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH: New analysis of social transfers and the politics of top income taxation

Twentieth century programmes of social insurance in the UK, the United States and Sweden have improved the quality of life for most people – but by... More

DON’T FEAR THE CRAZIES: New economic research shows why the mainstream media will do just fine

Reports of the death of the mainstream media have been greatly exaggerated, according to research by Santiago Oliveros and Felix Vardy, published in... More

PRE-NATAL SEX SELECTION IMPROVES WELLBEING OF SURVIVING GIRLS: Evidence from India

An increase in prenatal sex selection in India – where some families have strong preferences for sons over daughters – leads to a reduction in... More

PUBLIC SECTOR PAY SHOULD FOLLOW THE BUSINESS CYCLE

The wages of public sector workers should grow at the same pace as private sector wages, according to research by Pedro Gomes, published in the... More

IMMIGRATION AND HOUSE PRICES: Evidence of the impact in UK local areas

A 1% increase in the number of immigrants in a local community in the UK leads to a 1.7% fall in house prices. This is because the wealthiest in the... More

MORE EDUCATION, LESS CRIME: Swedish evidence of the impact of years of schooling on criminal convictions and incarceration

The more time that young men stay in school, the less likely they are to turn to crime at any point in their lives. That is the central conclusion of... More

WHY PUPILS FROM DISADVANTAGED FAMILIES ARE MORE OFTEN FOUND IN POORLY PERFORMING SCHOOLS

Why are pupils from disadvantaged families more often found in poorly performing schools? Is it through choice (they prefer this type of school) or... More

August 2015

MOBILE PHONE CHARGES: New evidence of consumer benefits from termination rate regulation

Telecoms regulators can now be confident that their market interventions to reduce mobile operators’ prices for connecting calls – so-called... More

MAFIA’S RISE WAS FUELLED BY DEMAND FOR SICILY’S MINERAL RESOURCES

High international demand for sulphur from Sicily in the nineteenth century led to a booming economy and a growing need for private protection, which... More

MAFIA PRESENCE REDUCES THE QUALITY OF LOCAL POLITICIANS: Evidence from Italy

The dissolution of a local government in Italy due to Mafia infiltration is followed by a significant upward shift in the educational level of local... More

SOVEREIGN DEBT IN THE EUROZONE: A proposal for limited cooperative action to generate cross-country liability

The Eurozone crisis has exposed weaknesses in the design of the currency union. Research by Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz and World Bank chief... More

FINANCIAL REFORM TO CREATE COUNTER-CYCLICAL BANK CAPITAL: A proposal for ‘equity recourse notes’

The banking system urgently needs reform. The expectation that ‘too-big-to-fail’ banks may be bailed out by taxpayers implies both socially... More

THE ECONOMIC COSTS OF ORGANISED CRIME: New evidence from southern Italy

The presence of organised crime has a large, negative impact on economic growth. New research by Professor Paolo Pinotti documents this effect in the... More

IMMIGRANTS’ JOB PROSPECTS SUFFER WHEN THEY’RE CONCENTRATED IN URBAN NEIGHBOURHOODS: Evidence from eight Italian cities

Immigrants in Italy who live in neighbourhoods with a large share of non-Italians are significantly less likely to be in employment than their... More

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