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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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Annual Conference Reports/Overviews produced by conference rapporteurs, leading economics journalists attending conference, are also available.

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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

September 2014

UNIONS: New analysis of their impact on efficiency and employment

Unions have only a moderate impact on aggregate unemployment, according to research by Christian Bauer and Joerg Lingens, published in the September... More

August 2014

ECONOMIC MODELS AS ANALOGIES

Much of modern economic theory is concerned with generating insightful analogies about the way the world works rather than accurate rules. That is the... More

‘LOW EMISSION ZONES’: Incentives to switch to green vehicles produce big health benefits

‘Low emission zones’ (LEZs) in major cities like London and Berlin can reduce life-threatening air pollution dramatically by encouraging drivers to... More

MANAGEMENT AND UNIVERSITY PERFORMANCE: Good practices have a big impact on research and teaching outcomes

There are big differences in management practices in UK universities, notably in how well they manage the recruitment, retention and promotion of... More

SWEDEN’S ‘GREEN CAR REBATE’: The impact on the environment and the market for new cars

An environmental policy in Sweden aimed at buyers and manufacturers of new cars reduced the market share of Swedish and German firms producing... More

‘FEEBATES’: How to design tax incentives to reduce vehicle emissions without losing government revenues

Market-based schemes to encourage consumers to switch to cars with lower carbon emissions need to be carefully designed if they are to generate... More

TAX INCENTIVES FOR LOW EMISSION CARS: Evidence of their environmental impact from France’s Bonus/Malus scheme

A French government scheme to encourage the purchase of less environmentally damaging cars succeeded in getting consumers to switch to greener... More

June 2014

PRICE DISCRIMINATION BY BIG MANUFACTURERS

PRICE DISCRIMINATION BY BIG MANUFACTURERS: New analysis supports its prohibition by European competition law The European Union’s (EU) prohibition of... More

CENTRAL BANKS’ REPORTS AND SPEECHES ON FINANCIAL STABILITY

CENTRAL BANKS’ REPORTS AND SPEECHES ON FINANCIAL STABILITY: New evidence of the impact on markets Central banks’ communications about financial... More

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF CULTURAL CLOSENESS

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF CULTURAL CLOSENESS: Evidence from cross-border banking in Europe Cultural closeness between Austria and its East European... More

WATER AND SEWERAGE OPERATORS IN ENGLAND AND WALES

WATER AND SEWERAGE OPERATORS IN ENGLAND AND WALES: Internal competition hampers efficiency An unbundling of the water and sewerage divisions of water... More

POTENTIAL ECONOMIC GAINS FROM MAKING IT EASIER TO START A BUSINESS

POTENTIAL ECONOMIC GAINS FROM MAKING IT EASIER TO START A BUSINESS: New evidence from Portugal Reforms in Portugal a decade ago that made it much... More

AUDIT THREAT IMPROVES PERFORMANCE OF PUBLICLY FUNDED ORGANISATIONS

AUDIT THREAT IMPROVES PERFORMANCE OF PUBLICLY FUNDED ORGANISATIONS: Evidence from Sweden’s foreign aid agency Non-profit organisations that manage... More

May 2014

FAMILY LIVING STANDARDS: New research on income dynamics and life-cycle inequality

What made the recent ‘great’ recession so damaging to living standards was an ‘unholy alliance’ of adverse shocks to people’s savings and to their... More

DRINKING DURING PREGNANCY

DRINKING DURING PREGNANCY: New genetics-based evidence of the damage to children’s educational outcomes Being exposed to alcohol during pregnancy... More

HARSHER SENTENCES AFTER LONDON RIOTS LED TO FALL IN CRIME

Rioters convicted after the London riots of 2011 were given much harsher sentences than were previously standard for such crimes. According to... More

BENEFITS GIVE THE UNEMPLOYED TIME TO FIND THE MOST SUITABLE JOBS

BENEFITS GIVE THE UNEMPLOYED TIME TO FIND THE MOST SUITABLE JOBS: Evidence from Norway Unemployment benefits can address the failures of credit... More

THE GREAT BRITISH JOBS AND PRODUCTIVITY MYSTERY

Unemployment typically rises when national output falls – so why has the UK’s labour market held up better than before following the most recent... More

ENHANCED EFFECTIVENESS OF UK MONETARY POLICY: New evidence

UK monetary policy has become more effective since the Bank of England was given its inflation targeting mandate, according to research by Colin... More

QUANTITATIVE EASING: New evidence of the impact on bond yields

New Bank of England research adds further weight to the view that central bank asset purchases (‘quantitative easing’ or QE) can affect government and... More

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