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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

July 2018

BACK TO BENEFIT-BASED TAXATION: Giving taxpayers value for what they pay

Economists need to get back to the historically prominent and commonsensical principle that taxes should be based – at least in part – on how much... More

PUTTING THE VALUE OF FREEDOM INTO ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

One way of valuing freedom of expression is to say that a free market for ideas will lead to the truth, which is essential for selecting wise... More

INTERGENERATIONAL TRANSMISSION OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS: There is no simple law of mobility

High profile claims that social mobility across centuries and across countries is low and immutable are not supported by the evidence, according to... More

MIGRANT NETWORKS BOOST TRADE: Evidence from the Vietnamese Boat People

Following the 1994 lifting of US trade sanctions against Vietnam, the share of US exports going to its former enemy was higher and more diversified in... More

INFORMAL INSURANCE IN POOR COUNTRIES: Evidence from Malawi of the downside of having a big extended family

Larger informal insurance groups need not provide better insurance in low-income settings. That is the conclusion of a study by Emla Fitzsimons, Bansi... More

MEASURING EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY: New evidence

A policy that improves equality in one generation, perhaps by providing education subsidies, may do little to nothing for the equality of the next... More

GRANDFATHERS MATTER: New evidence of low intergenerational mobility in Britain and the United States

The impact of family background on our life outcomes could be far more powerful than we think, according to research by Joseph Ferrie and Jason Long,... More

INNOVATION BY CROSS-BORDER TEAMS: Evidence on global collaborative patents

Innovation by big American firms is increasingly being done by cross-national teams – and much of this work is highly productive, according to... More

THE IMPACT OF REMITTANCES ON GROWTH AND POVERTY: New evidence

The recent surge in remittances from migrant workers to their native countries may be overestimated, according to research by Michael Clemens and... More

WEALTH INEQUALITY IN CHILDHOOD AND BEYOND: New Danish evidence

Even in famously egalitarian Denmark, there are people who enter adulthood with substantial wealth amassed from transfers throughout childhood. What’s... More

HOW MICROSCOPES CAN IMPROVE HYGIENE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: Evidence from rural Pakistan

Showing people germs under a microscope before teaching them about hand washing and other good health practices improves hygiene. That is the central... More

BOOSTING PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH VIA IMMIGRATION: New evidence of the impact of migrants as drivers of knowledge diffusion

International migration, particularly of skilled people, is an important influence on the diffusion of knowledge across national borders, promoting... More

ALL ROADS LEAD TO AMERICA: New evidence on transit migration

Blocking direct migration from developing countries to high-income countries, such as the United States, might have many unintended and unforeseen... More

HOW WEALTH IS TRANSMITTED ACROSS GENERATIONS: Evidence from Sweden

Inheritances play a more important role than education and income in the transmission of wealth between parents and children: it accounts for half of... More

June 2018

LOTTERY WINNERS CUT THEIR WORKING HOURS BUT DON’T LEAVE EMPLOYMENT: New evidence from the Netherlands

People who win big prizes in the lottery tend to work fewer hours but they don’t withdraw completely from the labour market. These are the central... More

IMPACT OF LIFTING ALCOHOL RESTRICTIONS ON VIOLENT CRIME: Evidence from Kansas

Lifting or loosening restrictions on alcohol sales could lead to substantial increases in violent crime, according to research by Daniel Rees,... More

BETTER AS A BIG FISH IN A SMALL POND OR A SMALL FISH IN A BIG POND?

Competing with colleagues for a promotion is just one of the many contests at the heart of modern life – and according to new research, changing the... More

TOWARDS EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY: New economic analysis

Any social arrangement in which just one person has no opportunities is the worst possible outcome. That is one of the conclusions of research by... More

THE ZERO LOWER BOUND: New evidence of its impact on uncertainty and economic activity

It is well known that the zero lower bound (ZLB) on the short-term nominal interest rate can have undesirable effects on the economy. New research by... More

THE POWER OF INDIRECT RECIPROCITY: Evidence from a natural field experiment on what drives human kindness in everyday interactions

We are twice as likely to cooperate and act generously towards strangers if we ourselves have been helped in a similar way. What’s more, it doesn’t... More

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