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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

May 2013

‘ANIMAL SPIRITS’: How the stock market drives unemployment – and what to do about it

The stock market and the unemployment rate are like two drunks walking down the street tied together with a rope, according to Professor Roger Farmer,... More

WHEN ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY IS HIGH, POLITICIANS BECOME LESS SHORTSIGHTED AND ADOPT POLICIES FOR THE LONG TERM

Periods of high economic uncertainty like the current one are particularly favourable for the adoption of long-term policies, such as fiscal... More

THE IMPACT OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ON WAGES

Evidence from Denmark’s ‘flexicurity’ system Unemployment insurance has a significant impact on how people’s wages change over time, according to... More

BOOSTING THE HOUSING MARKET IS NOT THE WAY OUT OF A CRISIS

Governments and central banks should think twice before designing policies aimed at the housing market in an effort to stimulate household demand and... More

April 2013

From the RES Conference: Raising UK school leaving age likely to reduce teenage pregnancies

Raising the compulsory school leaving age in the UK is likely to reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy, currently among the highest in Europe. That is... More

ROUGH DIAMONDS’: HOW GREATER EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY HAS LED TO GREATER INEQUALITY OF OUTCOMES

Rising inequality in the US since the 1970s can be explained by the rising equality of opportunity in education, according to analysis... More

SOMALI PIRACY COSTS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND MILLIONS OF JOBS

For every $120 million seized by pirates operating off the coast of Somalia, the cost to the shipping industry and their customers is as high as $3.3... More

China's export subsidies benefit Western consumers to the detriment of their own people

Research by Fabrice Defever and Alejandro Riaño, presented at the Royal Economic Society’s 2013 annual conference claims that if China removed its... More

THE UK’S PRODUCTIVITY AND EMPLOYMENT MYSTERY

GDP per hour – labour productivity – in the UK remains lower than at the beginning of the recession in 2008. A special session at the Royal... More

DEPENALISING CANNABIS LED TO INCREASE IN DRUG-RELATED HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS

A temporary policy of removing penalties for possessing cannabis in the London borough of Lambeth increased the number of admissions to hospital for... More

‘UNRETIREMENT’: NEW EVIDENCE OF RETIRED BRITISH MEN RETURNING TO PART-TIME WORK

Retirement doesn’t mean the end of paid work, according to a study by Ricky Kanabar, presented at the Royal Economics Society’s 2013 annual... More

AUSTERITY LEADS TO MORE MISCARRIAGES AS ONLY THE HEALTHIEST BABIES SURVIVE: EVIDENCE FROM ROMANIA

A drop in wages caused by government spending cuts leads to an increase in the probability of stress-induced miscarriages – but the children who are... More

CHILDREN OF THE WALL’: PEOPLE BORN JUST AFTER THE END OF COMMUNISM MORE LIKELY TO BE CRIMINALS

Children born to parents in the former East Germany between 1991 and 1993 are at least 50% more likely to be criminals than children... More

GROSS CAPITAL INFLOWS A GOOD PREDICTOR OF FINANCIAL CRISES

Gross inflows of capital are a good leading indicator of credit booms, particularly those that end up in financial crisis. That is... More

ITALIAN-SPEAKING CHILDREN LESS PATIENT THAN GERMAN SPEAKERS

Children in northern Italy whose first language is German are more patient than their Italian-speaking peer group, according... More

POCKET MONEY DISCOURAGES CHILDREN FROM SAVING: EVIDENCE FROM THE BRITISH HOUSEHOLD PANEL SURVEY

Children who are given pocket money are much less likely to save than those who have part-time work such as a paper... More

LONGER DRINKING HOURS LEAD TO RISE IN ‘SICK’ DAYS

Extending the opening hours of bars and pubs in England and Wales has led to a rise in workplace absenteeism of 1.7%. In Spain, a reduction in... More

THE FRENCH ARE TAUGHT TO BE MISERABLE: EVIDENCE FROM HAPPINESS SURVEYS

France’s education system and its cultural ‘mentality’ are to blame for the French being less happy than their wealth and lifestyle would suggest.... More

March 2013

STRENGTHENING PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: THE CASE DEPENDS ON ‘NORTHERN’ FIRMS SELLING NEW PRODUCTS IN ‘SOUTHERN’ MARKETS

The value of stronger global protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) – for example, through the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of... More

SHORTAGE OF MEN RAISES BIRTHS OUTSIDE MARRIAGE: EVIDENCE FROM POST-WAR GERMANY

A scarcity of men relative to women can lead to an increase in the proportion of children born to unmarried mothers. That is the central finding of... More

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