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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

February 2006

Price Falls Of Network Servers Have Been Dramatically Underestimated

Quality-adjusted prices for network servers – the computers that run the internet – have been falling twice as fast as we think, according to new... More

The Accuracy Of Real-Time Macroeconomic Data In The UK

What are the typical deviations between preliminary ‘real-time’ measurements of key UK macroeconomic data and subsequent, more accurate measurements?... More

Reforming Public Pensions In The United States And The UK

Writing in the February 2006 issue of the Economic Journal, leading US pensions expert Professor Peter Diamond describes the current debate about... More

Computer Technology: The Impact On Productivity, Communication And How Firms Are Organised

Communication costs are a crucial link between investments in information and communication technology (ICT) and organisational structure. In many... More

What Makes Coalitions Succeed Or Fail

What makes some coalitions form successfully while others – like the Kyoto Protocol – run into difficulty? A new survey by Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay... More

January 2006

Economics Professors Call For Longer Terms Of Office For Members Of The Monetary Policy Committee

A new research report calls for longer terms of office for members of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). Writing in the January... More

Our Perceptions Of Whether House Prices Are High Or Low Depend On Where We’re Moving From

People moving to a new city perceive housing prices through the lens of prices where they lived previously, according to new research by Professors... More

Genetic Testing: Insurers’ Use Of Results Must Be Regulated

Should insurance companies have complete access to individuals’ genetic test results for the purpose of setting rates for life, health and critical... More

Why Natural Resources Can Be A Blessing Or A Curse

The ‘resource curse’ – which seems to condemn countries with abundant natural resources to lower economic growth – is only relevant for countries with... More

Election Platforms And Policy Shifts: How Clever Politicians Shape Public Opinion

Clever political leaders take account of the fact that policy changes may influence people’s preferences in ways that they could not have foreseen... More

Delivering Public Services In Developing Countries: How The Poor Can Benefit From Decentralisation

Many developing countries are experimenting with decentralisation of public service delivery to elected local governments instead of bureaucrats... More

November 2005

The impact of immigration on unemployment and wages in Britain

There is little evidence that immigrants raise unemployment rates or lower wages in the regions of Britain where they concentrate, according to new... More

Greater Inequality Leads To Longer Working Hours

Increasing income inequality induces people to work longer hours, according to new research by economics professors Samuel Bowles and Yongjin... More

The Impact Of Immigration On Migration Within Britain’s Regions

Displacement effects of immigration through inter-regional migration contribute to spreading labour market competition around the economy, according... More

October 2005

What People’s Concerns About Fair Pay Mean For Wages And Employment

We all care about how our pay compares with similarly qualified colleagues. This makes it very difficult for organisations to offer newly hired... More

Can Securities Transaction Taxes Reduce Market Volatility?

Proponents of securities transaction taxes (STTs) argue that they can help to reduce asset market volatility by discouraging short-term speculation... More

New Experimental Evidence On What Makes Cooperation Possible

Freedom to choose your associates makes sustained cooperation between individuals possible, according to new experimental research by... More

The Impact Of Family Income On How Kids Do In School: New Evidence Comparing Adopted And Biological Children

Parents’ income has a positive influence on the educational attainment of their children – but this impact is not nearly as strong as the influence of... More

The Effects Of Rising Competition In Microfinance

Small-scale lending to the poor and previously unbankable is a booming industry, and there is now a proliferation of these ‘microfinance’... More

The Impact Of Rewarding Fund Managers For Outperforming The Market

Fund managers are sometimes rewarded for performing better than their peers or ‘beating the market’. New research by Dr Sandeep Kapur and Professor... More

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