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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

December 2011

The Rise Of The West: How Interest Restrictions And Institutional Change Drove The Economic

Restrictions on taking interest on loans and other economically inhibitive laws persisted much longer in the Islamic world than in western... More

Why Banks Keep Lending To Suspect Governments: Historical Lessons

Repeated lending to weak sovereign borrowers – such as sixteenth century Spain or modern-day Greece – can make perfect sense, according to a... More

The Impact Of Favouritism On Team Performance: Experimental Evidence From The School Playground

Favouritism – treating certain people better on the basis of friendship ties rather than merit – is not necessarily damaging to the success of a... More

Direct Democracy Reduces Public Spending

Direct democracy – the direct involvement of citizens in political decisions – can be an effective tool for cutting public spending, according... More

Inequality Does Not Reduce Growth: Evidence From China

High or rising inequality in villages in rural China during the reform years since the late 1980s cannot be blamed for slower economic ... More

The Labour Market Impact Of 'Age-Dependent Employment Protection'

Higher employment protection for older workers can have damaging effects on younger workers, according to research by Professor Jean-Olivier... More

Investment Promotion Agencies: An Effective Industrial Policy For Attracting Foreign Capital

Investment promotion agencies (IPAs) are a cost-effective way of increasing inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) for developing countries,... More

Drivers Of International Migration To The UK

The increase in net immigration to the UK from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s was not driven primarily by the economic performance of the UK or... More

November 2011

How Search Engines Can Make More Money From Paid-Placement Advertising

Search engines like Google can earn more revenue from paid-placement advertising when the keywords that people use are not very precise. That is... More

Tastes, Castes And Culture: The Influence Of Society On Preferences

Nearly all work in economics is built on the theory that individual preferences are fixed, stable and the same for all people. But a new study... More

Cultural Beliefs Shape Societies’ Demand For Social Insurance: Evidence From The Contrasting

Public support for universal healthcare or greater protection against the risk of unemployment is far stronger among Swiss citizens who speak... More

Caste And Punishment: Evidence From India Of How Low Social Status Diminishes

Oppressed people at the bottom of an extreme social hierarchy are less likely to punish someone who hurts a member of their own community than... More

Getting People To Give Blood: New Evidence On The Value Of Encouraging "Active Decisions'

People who have not previously thought much about the value to society of donating blood are much more likely to make a donation when they have... More

September 2011

High Local Taxes Are A Threat To Jobs

Higher local authority taxes reduce employment in existing firms, according to research by Gilles Duranton, Laurent Gobillon and Henry Overman. But... More

Oil Prices And Monetary Policy: New Research Evidence

The US Federal Reserve did not cause the recessions of the 1970s and early 1980s by raising interest rates in response to unexpectedly higher oil... More

Boosting Growth: The Potential Gains From Deregulating Europe’s Service Sector

Liberalising Europe’s energy markets and reducing restrictions on price competition in professional activities, such as the law, accountancy... More

Mortality Risks In The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami: The Impact Of Household composition

In Aceh, Indonesia, the Indian ocean region that suffered the most deaths in the 2004 tsunami, people in households with more adult males were less... More

Boosting Growth: The Potential Gains From Deregulating Europe’s Service Sector

Liberalising Europe’s energy markets and reducing restrictions on price competition in professional activities, such as the law, accountancy and... More

Trust, Population Size And Economic Outcomes

Countries with larger populations generally have higher levels of trust – a belief across their societies that other people will ‘do the right... More

Stronger Protection Of Intellectual Property Rights Would Bring Considerable Benefits

Developing countries have more to gain from implementing stronger protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) than is commonly believed.... More

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