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Economics / Business - 24.02.2021
Forget what you think you know about viral marketing, UCLA study suggests
Nearly everything author Malcolm Gladwell said about how information spreads in his 2000 bestseller “The Tipping Point? is wrong, according to a recent study led by UCLA professor of sociology Gabriel Rossman. “The main point of ‘The Tipping Point' is if you want your idea to spread, you find the most popular person in the center of any given network and you sell them on your idea , and then they'll sell the rest of the world on it,' Rossman said.

Health - Economics / Business - 22.02.2021
How embracing uncertainty can help policymakers during a pandemic
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers have been forced to make decisions in the face of uncertainty. But key policy questions-like how best to reduce viral transmission while avoiding bad economic consequences of lockdowns-rarely come with definitive answers. Instead, quantitative models present a range of outcomes that could occur under different subjective inputs into the model constructions.

Career - Economics / Business - 16.02.2021
How has the pandemic impacted our wellbeing?
New research from Professor Roger Gill, helps us to understand the impact of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions on mental health and wellbeing. The study, delivered in partnership with Professor Matt Grawitch and colleagues at St Louis University in Missouri, surveyed people living and working across the UK, France, Germany, Canada and the US.

Health - Economics / Business - 12.02.2021
More COVID-19 infections after "Querdenken" demonstrations
The "Querdenken" ("Lateral thinking") demonstrations in November 2020 contributed to the heavy spread of the coronavirus within Germany. This is shown by a recent study by authors Dr Martin Lange from the Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim and Dr Monscheuer from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the HU.

Economics / Business - Innovation - 10.02.2021
From the lab to the start-up - with a lot of psychology
From the lab to the start-up - with a lot of psychology
Studies identify psychological factors in start-ups launched by researchers Successful start-ups emerging from the world of academic research are a rarity in Germany. A research project has now conducted the first-ever investigation into the psychological factors impacting the processes when scientists launch companies.

Economics / Business - Innovation - 09.02.2021
Thematic ETFs,
Thematic ETFs, "a financial innovation gone awry"
Catering to the future expectations of investors is inherent to the world of finance which, as such, plays an import role in fostering economic growth through it's ability to innovate. However, financial innovations are not always flawless. A recent study co-authored by USI finance professor Francesco Franzoni reveals the significant performance inefficiencies of the increasingly popular 'thematic' exchange traded funds (ETFs).

Economics / Business - 01.02.2021
Scientists develop method to detect fake news
Scientists develop method to detect fake news
Researchers develop robust approach for detecting market manipulation Social media is increasingly used to spread fake news. The same problem can be found on the capital market - criminals spread fake news about companies in order to manipulate share prices. Researchers at the Universities of G÷ttingen and Frankfurt and the Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana have developed an approach that can recognise such fake news, even when the news contents are repeatedly adapted.

Environment - Economics / Business - 01.02.2021
Local demand is helping California surpass renewable energy targets
Local demand is helping California surpass renewable energy targets
In California, local demand for renewable energy is helping the state exceed its clean energy goals, according to a new UCLA study. Research by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation shows the growing impact of community choice aggregators, or CCAs, on energy procurement and illustrates the effects cleaner energy providers are having on the state's power supply.

Environment - Economics / Business - 20.01.2021
Modelling the energy transition
Modelling the energy transition
An interdisciplinary research team from ETH Zurich is developing the Nexus-e modelling platform in a project supported by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy. The platform facilitates the analysis of how technological, economic and regulatory developments affect the energy system of the future. Switzerland's energy system will undergo a fundamental transformation in the coming years.

Campus - Economics / Business - 20.01.2021
How Fellow Students Improve Your Own Grades
Better grades thanks to your fellow students? A study conducted by the University of Zurich's Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics has revealed that not only the grade point average, gender and nationality peers can influence your own academic achievement, but so can their personalities. Intensive contact and interaction with persistent fellow students improve your own performance, and this effect even endures in subsequent semesters.

Environment - Economics / Business - 18.01.2021
Low-carbon policies can be 'balanced' to benefit small firms and average households - study
Low-carbon policies can be ’balanced’ to benefit small firms and average households - study
A review of ten types of policy used to reduce carbon suggests that some costs fall on those less able to bear them - but it also shows these policies can form the bedrock of a 'green recovery' if specifically designed and used in tandem. Unless low-carbon policies are fair, affordable and economically competitive, they will struggle to secure public support Cristina Pe˝asco Some of the low-carbon policy options currently used by governments may be detrimental to households and small businesses less able to manage added short-term costs from energy price hikes, according to a new study.

Environment - Economics / Business - 12.01.2021
A ’ghastly future’ unless extraordinary action is taken soon on sustainability
Without immediate and drastic intervention, humans face a “ghastly future? — including declining health, climate devastation, tens of millions of environmental migrants and more pandemics — in the next several decades, according to an international team of 17 prominent scientists. In a paper published Jan.

Health - Economics / Business - 12.01.2021
Should Medicare enrollees be ’nudged’- Research reveals impact of default insurance plans
Default plans can reduce drug utilization among low income Medicare Part D enrollees, study finds Public health insurance is not one-size-fits-all, but too often, enrollees never deviate from their randomly assigned plans. A new working paper reveals the impacts of such behavior-and suggests that tailoring default rules to "nudge" individuals can be much more effective for ensuring health and wellness.

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