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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

September 2012


The desire to impress others by spending on such conspicuous items as phones, funerals and festivals can keep people locked in poverty, especially... More


People in the UK who have trouble paying their debts are more than twice as likely to have mental health problems or suffer severe anxiety compared... More


Without years of activities by trade unions to promote occupational health and safety, workplaces today would be much more dangerous. So limiting the... More


Customer reviews on websites like Amazon, Tripadvisor and can have a big impact on business, according to research by Professors Michael... More

August 2012

Retail Energy Prices in the U.K.:

Ofgem’s efforts to promote fairness led to higher charges for all A ban on price discrimination introduced in 2009 by the UK’s gas and electricity... More

Productivity Benefits of Employing Temps

Having roughly one in ten of a firm’s staff as temps seems to be the ideal share for maximising productivity. That is the central finding of research... More

Unemployment in Spain: Why it's so Much Worse Than In France

Despite similar rates of unemployment in Spain and France before the economic crisis, nearly one in four members of the Spanish workforce are now... More

Temporary Employment Reform: The Impact On Jobs and Productivity

Labour market reforms aimed at changing the extent to which firms use different kinds of temporary contracts – such as apprenticeships, fixed-term,... More

Undesirable Results of Temporary Employment Reform

Labour market reforms to encourage the use of temporary work contracts may have led to temporary employment gains, but these may have come at the... More

June 2012

Economists’ ‘Manifesto’ questions wisdom of austerity

As the European Union summit got underway in late June 2012, Nobel laureate Paul Krugman and LSE professor Richard Layard lay down a challenge to the... More

Drivers of Emigration from Latin America and the Caribbean

The UK and Canada, which are more open to asylum-seekers than the United States, are more exposed to immigration from countries where there is civil... More

Real-Time Monetary Policy-Marking in the Euro area

Research on monetary policy-making should adopt a more realistic approach, taking account of the fact that central banks have to make decisions in... More

Undoing European Integration: the potential threat to productivity

Having the same trade barriers between members of the European Union (EU) as with the rest of the world would result in a more than 3% permanent loss... More

Home Computers Improve Outcomes for Disadvantaged Students

Providing free computers for home use to low-income community college students in the United States has been beneficial for their educational... More

School Competition Can Boost Teachers' Pay

New teachers and top quality teachers of mathematics and science can enjoy higher salaries as a result of increased competition between schools. These... More

Financial Crises in Emerging Markets: The impact of private sector risk

Financial crises in emerging markets arise not from fraud and greed but from the downside of risky business investment projects financed by short-term... More

Assessing the impact of aid on growth: systematic new approach 'counts chickens when they hatch'

Foreign aid neither can nor should be the main driver of growth in developing countries. That is the conclusion of research by Dr Michael Clemens and... More

Product Upgrades and Product Bundling: How high-tech firms seek to leverage their market power

Many high-tech industries have products that are frequently upgraded. Research by Professors Dennis Carlton and Michael Waldman explains how a... More

Autocratic regimes fail to use commodity price booms wisely

Democratically elected political leaders of commodity-exporting countries are much more likely than autocratic regimes to use the windfall revenues... More

The Health Benefits of Promotion

UK civil servants in departments with high rates of promotion are approximately 20% less likely to develop heart disease than their counterparts in... More

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