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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 2015

‘FIRST-WAVE’ ACADEMY SCHOOLS BOOSTED PUPIL PERFORMANCE

Giving struggling schools more freedom and stronger leadership leads to large improvements in pupil performance. What’s more, the greater the autonomy... More

MORE SUNSHINE WON’T MAKE YOU HAPPIER: New research on weather and wellbeing

MORE SUNSHINE WON’T MAKE YOU HAPPIER: New research on weather and wellbeing New research dispels the commonly believed notion that rain, or periods of... More

LONDON’S CONGESTION CHARGE HAS MADE ROADS SAFER FOR ALL

The introduction of London’s congestion charge led to a substantial reduction in the number of accidents in the city and a significant decline in the... More

February 2015

INTERGENERATIONAL WEALTH MOBILITY IN ENGLAND, 1858-2012: New evidence based on rare surnames

Descendants of the wealthy people of England in 1850 are still wealthy. They also have longer life spans than the average person; they are much more... More

WOMEN PREFER COOPERATION AT WORK; MEN LIKE COMPETITION

Women are more comfortable than men in a working environment that involves teamwork, according to a new experimental study by Peter Kuhn and Marie... More

WHY FIRMS PREFER NOT TO DISCLOSE THE QUALITY OF THEIR PRODUCTS – AND HOW REGULATORS MIGHT RESPOND

Rather than explicitly revealing information about the quality of their products and services, many firms prefer to signal quality through the prices... More

HIV TESTING AND RISKY SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR: The ‘nothing to lose’ effect

People surprised by HIV-positive test results increase their risky sexual behaviour, exposing their partners to HIV infection and experiencing a more... More

OBESITY LINKED TO IMPATIENCE: New US evidence

People with low levels of patience have a greater chance of becoming obese, particularly at a time when meat and high-calorie foods are relatively... More

ASSET PRICE BUBBLES: New research on the tough choices facing central bankers

Central bankers face a trade-off in the face of high and rising asset prices, according to research by John Conlon, published in the February 2015... More

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