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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 2012

'Rules of Thumb' for Lifetime Savings

As long as people save on a regular basis and, importantly, stick to the saving ‘rules of thumb’ that they set for themselves, most will do well... More

Financial Illiteracy Damages your Wealth

Small differences in financial knowledge account for substantial differences in wealth, according to research by Maarten van Rooij and colleagues,... More

Brain Drain has Little Negative Impact on Home Economies - and Huge Benefits for Emigrants

The emigration of highly skilled workers to other countries – the ‘brain drain’ – has a negligible negative impact on the countries left behind. And... More

Positive Effects of On-The-Job Training

Participation in a one-week on-the-job training course can lead to an improvement in performance of as much as 10% among the call centre employees who... More

NHS Hip Replacement Patients Actively Choosing Where to be Treated

Many patients are actively exercising their right to choose where to receive NHS-funded care, according to research by Kate Collyer and colleagues,... More

Adopting A New Religion: What Drove the Expansion of Protestantism in Sixteenth Century Germany

During the sixteenth century, territories closer to Wittenberg, the town where Martin Luther taught and from which the Reformation spread throughout... More

Childhood Education Makes Us Smarter in Old Age, But Not Happier

The amount of schooling we receive when we are teenagers has a lasting effect on our mental ability well into old age, with the result that we have a... More

March 2012

The Determinants of Economic Growth Remain A Mystery

The quest for the key policies to help poor countries grow remains unfulfilled. New research by Daniel Henderson, Chris Papageorgiou and Christopher... More

Import Tariffs May Be Helpful

Import tariffs may be helpful in markets for specialised intermediate goods, according to research by Emanuel Ornelas and John Turner, published in... More

‘Fiscal Feedback’ On High Public Debt: A Simple Rule For The Speed of Spending Cuts

When the ratio of government debt to GDP has increased significantly and needs to be reduced, society as a whole will be best off if public spending... More

Kick-Starting The Economy: The Answer Is Not Fiscal Stimulus But A Government Programme Of Buying Shares

The government should make large-scale purchases of equities to restore confidence and get the economy back on track. So says Professor Roger Farmer... More

Firms’ Ability To Combine Ideas For Innovation: The Impact On Their Stock Market Value

Some firms are more effective than others at using their own knowledge in combination with ideas from outside to generate innovation. According to... More

‘Conditional Cash Transfers’: The Positive Impact On Food Consumption In Very Poor Households

Programmes of ‘conditional cash transfers’ targeted at women can give them more say in household decision-making and lead to a more than proportional... More

Speeding Economic Recovery After Natural Disasters: Lessons from Sri Lanka After the 2004 Tsunami

Poorly targeted aid and a lack of access to capital hinder the recovery of small businesses devastated by natural disasters in developing countries.... More

‘Peer Effects’ at School: The Disruptive Impact of Low-Achieving Pupils

Low-achieving pupils seem to have a negative impact on the academic results of their higher-ability classmates by diverting teachers’ attention. That... More

Shattered Dreams: The High Mental Health Costs of Pension Reform

Pension reforms can have serious consequences for the mental health of employees nearing retirement. That is the central conclusion of research by... More

February 2012

Promoting Product Market Compertition: The huge potential for boosting jobs and growth

Policies to promote competition in Europe’s markets for good and services could raise the potential for job creation at little or no cost for the... More

Women Take More Risks When Men Are Not Present

New research shows that women are more likely to take risks when they are surrounded by other women. The results, published in the February 2012 issue... More

New Insights into Price-setting Behaviour in the United Kingdom

Prices do not change continuously and are slow to adjust, according to research conducted by economists at the Bank of England, published in the... More

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