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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

June 2007

Why Employment Protection Is Weak In Britain And Strong In France: It’s Tougher To Get Than To Defend Once In Place

If employment protection in Britain were raised to French levels, firms would rush to get rid of unsatisfactory workers before the legislation came... More

Employment Protection Reduces Productivity

Legislation that makes it difficult for employers to dismiss workers may provide increased job security, but this does not come costlessly. According... More

April 2007

Institutional Change In Transition Economies: Comparing The Roles Of Policy Choices And Historical Legacies

What are the key forces that drive changes in institutions, the rules governing social and economic exchange? New research on the transition from... More

Market Power In The Wholesale Electricity Market

New research published in the April 2007 Economic Journal examines the behaviour of National Power and PowerGen, the two largest generators in the... More

Pensions, Inequality And Redistribution

Countries with more inequality – say the UK compared with Germany – tend to spend little on public provision of pensions, they largely rely on private... More

How To Set Reserve Prices In Auctions

For anyone selling something on eBay or even at Sotheby’s, new research suggests how to set a reserve price – a minimum price that must be met before... More

‘Paternalistic Altruism’: Why We Like Policies That Force People To Take Better Care Of Themselves

New research published in the April 2007 Economic Journal demonstrates that we care about the wellbeing of other people, but in a ‘paternalistic’... More

The Gender Wage Gap Will Narrow But Is Unlikely Ever To Disappear

A key driver of differences in men and women’s pay is the fact that women are more likely to be in jobs with fewer training opportunities. And while... More

Fiscal Policy: The Impact On Price Differentials Within Monetary Unions

Fiscal policy shocks – such as changes in local government spending or taxes – are a modest but statistically significant source of price... More

‘Intergenerational Altruism’: The Impact Of Aspirations And Habits On What Parents Leave To Their Children

People care about the wellbeing of their children and typically try to leave them bequests. At the same time, children have aspirations to have a... More

Experimental Evidence On The Impact Of People’s Expectations On Inflation And The Business Cycle

New experimental research that asked undergraduate students to predict future inflation confirms the difficulties people have in making fully rational... More

March 2007

Fathers And Sons: Cross-Country Evidence On The Intergenerational Links In Earnings

There is a strong link between the earnings of fathers and sons, according to research by Professor Robin Naylor and colleagues. What’s more, the... More

Occupational Mobility In Britain And The United States: Convergence Between The Victorian Era And Now

In 2007, sons are as likely to pursue occupations similar to their fathers in Britain as they are in the United States. Yet according to new research... More

Rising Wage Inequality: The Impact Of Employers’ Investment In New Technology

Rising wage inequality among American men is associated with increasing inequality of investment in physical capital across firms, according to new... More

Foreign Firms Choose To Locate R&D Labs Near Top British Universities

Private sector research and development (R&D) labs in Britain are disproportionately clustered around highly rated university research... More

Selfish Behaviour: New Evidence On Men Versus Women; Younger People Versus Older People; And Internet Users Versus Letter Writers

When asked to divide £400 among three people, male and relatively younger internet users are more selfish than female and relatively older people who... More

Life Chances: Accounting For Falling Intergenerational Mobility

Research has shown that circumstances of birth play a substantial and increasing role in children’s ‘life chances’ in the UK. Jo Blanden, Paul Gregg... More

Excessive Pessimism About Job Security Means That People Earn Less

People in Britain tend to greatly over-estimate the chances of losing their jobs, according to new research by Professor Alan Carruth and colleagues.... More

New Evidence On The National And International Significance Of R&D For Innovation And Growth

A new study by Laura Bottazzi and Giovanni Peri confirms the importance of increased spending on research and development (R&D) for the innovation... More

Weak Labour Markets Hurt New Immigrants

Immigrants’ first experiences of the labour market can affect their employment and pay for many years afterwards, according to new research by Olof... More

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