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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 2015

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

THE SPREAD OF HIV INFECTION AMONG YOUNG AFRICAN WOMEN: Its roots in the slave trade

The slave trade created patterns of sexual behaviour that continue to contribute to the long-term spread of HIV among young women in sub-Saharan... More

BROADBAND ACCESS: All very useful but it doesn’t make UK firms more successful

Broadband use has no significant effect on the performance of firms – and policies designed to improve broadband access are unlikely to make firms... More

BOND MARKETS ACCELERATE ECONOMIC RECOVERY WHEN BANKS CUT LOANS: US lessons for Europe

Countries where businesses can easily raise finance in the bond market typically experience faster and stronger recoveries from a recession, according... More

THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION WAS DRIVEN BY MONEY AS WELL AS GOD

When Martin Luther started the Protestant Reformation in Germany in the 16th century he claimed ‘special divine grace’ was the secret of his success... More

CAR INSURANCE PRICES: New evidence of indirect gender discrimination

The cost of car insurance for young men in predominantly male occupations such as plumbers and civil engineers became relatively higher following the... More

SKILLED CITIES DRIVE GROWTH: How Beijing and Bangalore overtake Detroit and Newcastle

Reduced international communication costs will trigger the offshoring of middle skilled activities from industrialised to developing countries,... More

HIGHER UNIVERSITY FEES REDUCE APPLICATIONS AND ATTENDANCE

Increases in tuition fees have a negative effect on university applications, particularly for courses with lower expected salaries after graduation.... More

DON'T BLAME THE ROBOTS: Education hollows out the UK labour market too

We are overestimating technology's role as the culprit in the 'hollowing out' of the UK labour market, as employment in high- and low-skilled jobs has... More

BIG BENEFITS OF FINANCIAL LITERACY: New US evidence

Having the knowledge and skills to manage one’s personal finances has big financial benefits, according to research by Georgios Panos and colleagues,... More

A HELPING HAND FOR GIRLS: Evidence of overmarking in French schools

Girls in French schools in the 6th grade (the UK equivalent of year 7) are overmarked by 6% compared with boys – but the bias is helping them to... More

BIG GROWTH DISADVANTAGES OF BEING IN THE SINGLE MARKET BUT OUTSIDE THE EUROPEAN UNION: New evidence from Norway

Norway would clearly benefit from membership of the European Union (EU), according to new research by Nauro Campos and colleagues to be presented at... More

THE BENEFITS OF FINDING EMPLOYEES VIA SOCIAL NETWORKS: New experimental evidence

If you want to recruit hard-working employees, using social networks like LinkedIn may encourage new employees to give up to 50% more effort,... More

‘PRESENTEEISM’: Evidence from Germany that more than half of employees go to work when they should be off sick

Fear of the sack contributes to the majority of people going to work at least once a year when they should be taking a sickie. On average, people drag... More

EYE CARE SERVICE IN SCOTLAND: Did the Scots get it right?

The introduction of free eye care in Scotland, in the form of a removal of user charges, has resulted in a mixed response from people in Scotland and... More

BENEFIT RECEIPT MORE WIDESPREAD AND INEQUALITY LOWER IN THE LONG RUN

Almost three times as many people interact with the benefit system over an 18-year period than in a single year on average. As most analyses of... More

March 2015

WESTERN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE DOESN’T NECESSARILY IMPROVE BUSINESS PERFORMANCE: Evidence from India

Indian firms in which ownership is concentrated in one family do not perform less well than those using Anglo-American corporate governance, according... More

WHEN HOUSE PRICES FALL, HOUSEHOLD SAVINGS DON’T GO UP: Evidence from the Netherlands

People are not using the value of their homes as a way to save, according to new analysis of Dutch data. The research by Eduard Suari-Andreu, to be... More

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