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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 2014

VOLUNTEERING BOOSTS YOUR FUTURE PAY – BUT MEN BENEFIT MORE THAN WOMEN

Working for free to help others substantially increases an individual’s future earnings – but men benefit up to 22% more from having... More

WHY DIGITAL PIRACY FEELS MORE ACCEPTABLE THAN PHYSICAL THEFT

WHY DIGITAL PIRACY FEELS MORE ACCEPTABLE THAN PHYSICAL THEFT: New experimental evidence People feel more... More

US CATHOLIC SCHOOLS DO NOT PROVIDE BETTER QUALITY EDUCATION

The positive relationship between Catholic schooling in the United States and better pupil outcomes is entirely driven... More

THE IMPACT OF ANGER ON ECONOMIC WELLBEING: Experimental evidence

Anger has a negative impact on people’s short-term economic behaviour, according to experimental research by Michalis... More

ANTI-SMOKING POLICIES HELP FIGHT OBESITY

Anti-smoking measures, such as taxes and bans, eventually lead people to eat better and lose weight. That is the central conclusion of... More

EDUCATIONAL DISADVANTAGE FOR CHILDREN FROM LARGER FAMILIES

Children from larger families, particularly boys, suffer an educational disadvantage compared with children from families of a smaller size.... More

HOW NATIONAL BORDERS INFLUENCE ECONOMIC OUTCOME

HOW NATIONAL BORDERS INFLUENCE ECONOMIC OUTCOMES: New evidence of the potential impact of Scotland leaving the UK – and the UK leaving the... More

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE IN AN INTERDEPENDENT WORLD

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE IN AN INTERDEPENDENT WORLD: New analysis of the implications for financial regulation, fiscal rules and the currency choice The... More

AFTER SCOTLAND’S REFERENDUM: Fiscal challenges under alternative constitutional arrangements

The binary choice available in September’s referendum on Scottish independence has deflected attention away from consideration of the future fiscal... More

WAGE INEQUALITY IS DECREASING BETWEEN GENDERS BUT INCREASING WITHIN GENDER

WAGE INEQUALITY IS DECREASING BETWEEN GENDERS BUT INCREASING WITHIN GENDER: New study explains why A famous puzzle in economics is that US wage... More

DRIVERS OF CHINA’S EXTRAORDINARY GROWTH RECORD

China’s extraordinary economic growth in recent decades has been driven more by technological progress than by increases in efficiency (measured by... More

ORIGINS OF THE SICILIAN MAFIA LAY IN THE MARKET FOR LEMONS

The Italian mafia rose to prominence in part because of a thriving lemons industry, according to research by Alessia Isopi and colleagues.... More

WHEN NEW TECHNOLOGY LEADS TO JOB LOSSES AND URBAN DECLINE

Between 2000 and the start of the economic downturn in 2007, the negative impact of changes in technology explains about 4% of reductions in... More

AFRICAN EXPORTS TO CHINA: Benefits and dangers

Preferential market access to China is providing an important growth-enhancing outlet for African exporters that find it difficult to break into... More

RISK OF DIVORCE ENCOURAGES WOMEN TO WORK LONGER HOURS

Women work longer hours when they have a high chance of divorce. What’s more, women who respond most to the risk of divorce by working harder are... More

CURBING IMMIGRATION HARMS THE UK ECONOMY

Reducing the level of net migration to the UK from ‘hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands’ would have a strong negative impact on the UK economy.... More

BACKGROUND OF POLITICAL LEADERS INFLUENCES HOW LIKELY THEY ARE TO RUN BUDGET DEFICITS

Political leaders from lower socio-economic backgrounds are more likely to run bigger budget deficits during their time in office. That is the central... More

HOW PARENTING STYLE INFLUENCES CHILDREN’S WELLBEING: New economic evidence

  Shouting at children when they misbehave, rather than reasoning with them, is more harmful to their overall behaviour. That is the one of the... More

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT RYANAIR PRICING BUT NEVER DARED TO TEST

Fares offered by the Irish airline Ryanair on their website typically start moderately high and tend to decrease over time up to about 10 days before... More

BIG PAY PREMIUM FOR ANYONE WORKING IN THE UK’S FINANCE SECTOR

  The same person doing the same job will earn 15-20% more doing that job in the finance sector than anywhere else in the UK economy. That is the... More

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