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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

January 2009


Does everybody really think they are above average? New research by Dr Jeremy Clark and Dr Lana Friesen, published in the January 2009 issue of the... More


Economic recessions may be primarily an outcome of widespread pessimism among businesses and individuals rather than the result of inherent systemic... More


Cricket captains make poor decisions when they win the toss in one day internationals (ODIs) played entirely in daylight: they bat first too often,... More

October 2008

Fighting Corruption: Monitoring Officials’ Spending Likely To Be More Effective Than Raising Their Pay

Improving the salaries of public officials is often suggested as a way to fight corruption. But according to research by Rafael Di Tella and... More

Google And Microsoft: Different Leaders For Different Markets

Leading firms can play completely different roles in markets where there is a strong threat of entry of new competitors and those where the potential... More

‘Irresponsible Lending’ May Increase With Reduced Competition

Restricting competition may not help to curb ‘irresponsible lending’ – lending which the lender knows to be against the interest of the borrower.... More

How To Design A National Lottery To Maximise Income To The Public Purse

Governments should make the best use of national or state lotteries to support the public finances. And according to research by Akira Maeda, there is... More

Democratisation Boosts Growth

Making the transition to democracy can have significant economic benefits for a country, according to research by Professors Elias Papaioannou and... More

Desperate Housewife? Don’t Work On Your Marriage, Work On Making Being Single Better

Just got married? Well, economics professor Peter Thompson has some bad news for you: you probably won’t like it as much next year as you do now. And... More

August 2008

New Measure Of Competition Can Help Assess The Market Power Of Firms Like Tesco And Microsoft

Competition authorities like the UK’s Competition Commission are relied on to break up monopolies and protect consumers. But regulators can’t always... More

July 2008

People’s Health ‘Unaffected’ By Financial Crisis Or Recession

When a financial crisis strikes, people are able to avoid damaging their physical health and long-term well-being by changing their spending on food... More

‘Getting Used To Everything’: New Evidence Of The Path Of Our Happiness Before And After Major Life Events

The happiness we get from marriage or having children tends to fade over time because of ‘adaptation’. On the more positive side, getting divorced or... More

Planning Restrictions Raise The Costs Of Doing Business In Britain’s Cities

Office space in Britain has been the most expensive in the world in recent years. And according to a new study by Professor Paul Cheshire and Dr... More

Economics Professor Shakes Up The Wine Industry

Princeton economics professor Orley Ashenfelter has managed to cause turmoil in the wine industry in the last two decades with his newsletter LIQUID... More

‘Sticky Floors’ Hold Back Women’s Careers

If young women are less likely to socialise with their bosses than young men, they will have fewer opportunities to signal their abilities to their... More

Voters Trust Conviction Politicians To Develop ‘Good’ Policies

Margaret Thatcher spearheaded a right-wing programme of reform in Britain throughout the 1980s – but in two out of the three elections she won (in... More

Same-Sex Partnership Laws Reduce Syphilis Rates

The prevalence of the sexually transmitted infection syphilis has fallen by nearly a half in parts of continental Europe as a result of recently... More

Globalisation Increases Wage Inequality By Rewarding Skills More Highly

Globalisation significantly increases the wages of high-skilled workers, according to new research by Paolo Epifani and Gino Gancia, published in the... More

Words May Mean That Interest Rates Don’t Need To Rise To Prop Up Weak Currencies

Words as well as deeds can be effective for central banks trying to influence the strength of their currency. That is the conclusion of new research... More

Substantial Revisions To Uk Gdp Statistics Only Likely Once Every Five Years

The Bank of England’s decision on the next move in interest rates can be decided by tiny differences in economic statistics. But if such statistics... More

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