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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

October 2007

Irish Dairying Before The Great War: New Evidence On The Impact Of Religion And Political Conflict On Economic Performance

It has become fashionable for academic economists to argue that ‘culture matters’, and that ‘hierarchical religions’ such as Catholicism and Islam... More

Big Mac Economics: Comparing The Prices Of Burger Ingredients Confirms That Globalisation Does Make International Prices Converge

Despite increasing global economic integration, there continue to be large and persistent differences between countries in the prices of many... More

Would Longer School Years Improve Pupils’ Later Life Outcomes?

Changing the amount of time that children spend in school each year has little effect on how they do in terms of employment and earnings in later... More

Britain’s Public-Private Pay Gap

Public sector employees are markedly more educated than their private sector counterparts. And ‘low-employability’ individuals face large potential... More

Offshore Financial Centres: Benefits Outweigh Costs For Neighbouring Economies

Offshore financial centres might encourage bad behaviour, such as tax evasion and money laundering. But according to new research by Professor Andrew... More

New Evidence Of Human Beings’ Instinctive Fairness

Human instincts tell us to be fair, while our cognitive reasoning is needed to weigh up the pros and cons of bargaining for an advantage over someone... More

July 2007

Educational Benefits From Computers In Schools

The use of new information and communication technology (ICT) in schools can have a positive effect on pupils’ performance, according to research by... More

Strategic Political Campaigns: Responsive, Swing Voters Who Turn Out Will Be Offered Better Policies

Political campaigns aimed at giving the electorate information about what parties would do if they won the election have profound implications for... More

Why Big Firms Are Typically Reluctant To Participate In Research Joint Ventures

Policies aimed at encouraging research joint ventures (RJVs) between firms are likely to be frustrated, according to research by Professors... More

Clearance Sales: Why Retailers Have Them – And Why Flexible Manufacturing May Make Them Less Common

Limited stocks and uncertainty about demand are the reasons why firms prefer clearance sales of seasonal goods to selling policies where prices remain... More

Higher Wages Encourage Us To Work Harder

Nearly two-thirds of workers are willing to reciprocate higher pay with higher work effort, according to an experimental study by Sandra Maximiano,... More

When Mergers Go Wrong

What do companies do when a merger turns out not to have been such a great idea after all? Research by Professor Steffen Huck and colleagues suggests... More

People’s Charitable Giving Is Influenced By Their Beliefs About What Causes Poverty

People who think of themselves as humanitarians are even more likely than others to base their donations to the poor on whether they believe poverty... More

Workers Care About Their Employers’ Intentions

Employers’ intentions matter, according to experimental research by Professors Gary Charness and David Levine, published in the July 2007 issue of the... More

Protectionist Regulation: The European Commission Blocks Mergers That Threaten Tougher Competition For European Firms

The more that a proposed merger threatens to harm rival European firms through increased competition, the greater the likelihood of European... More

June 2007

Restrictions On Firing: The Impact On The Creation And Destruction Of Jobs

In the UK, firing a worker is easier than anywhere else in Europe. At the other end of the spectrum, in Portugal, it is very costly and... More

Wrongful Discharge Law Can Enhance Employment Among Highly Skilled Workers

Greater protection against dismissal can increase employment for highly skilled workers, according to new research by Professors Bentley MacLeod and... More

Firm And Job Turnover: Both Labour And Product Market Regulation Matter

Rates of both firm and job turnover are similar across most OECD countries even with the very different regulation of their labour and product... More

Employment Protection Benefits Prime Age Men At The Expense Of The Young, Women And Immigrants

Employment protection legislation and collective bargaining agreements disproportionately protect the jobs of prime age men, according to new research... More

Contrasting Patterns Of Work In The World’s Rich Countries

Unregulated labour markets, low taxes and weak unions are not necessary for sustaining high levels of labour input. That is the conclusion of new... More

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