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Music - Economics - 08.06.2022
Study calls current salary model for music streaming services into question
Study calls current salary model for music streaming services into question
How should profits from music streaming services be paid out to artists? The discussion is never-ending because with the current model, users also pay for music they don't listen to. A new study by marketing experts at Universität Hamburg and the Kühne Logistic University has now calculated the impact.

Economics - 08.06.2022
Central Bank Digital Currencies will create evolution, not revolution, in international payments
Central Bank Digital Currencies will create evolution, not revolution, in international payments
SWIFT Institute-commissioned report concludes CBDCs will co-exist with established payments infrastructure Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) may offer a route towards improving and simplifying the complex ecosystem of international and domestic payments but are not likely to replace established conventional payments systems for the foreseeable future, new research shows.

Environment - Economics - 02.06.2022
New tool for emergency planning during extreme floods
New tool for emergency planning during extreme floods
The Mobiliar Lab for Natural Risks of the University of Bern shows that far greater floods are possible in Switzerland than previously assumed. These extreme events underscore the importance of supra-regional emergency planning. A new modeling tool is designed to help manage large floods. Even experts could not have imagined the extent of these floods: Nobody had expected the devastating storms of summer 2021 in Germany.

Economics - 19.05.2022
The Voting Rights Act Increased Racial Economic Equality That’s Now Diminishing
The landmark piece of legislation also increased voter turnout, reveals new UC San Diego Rady School of Management research As many state legislatures consider weakening voter protections and Congress debates new voting rights laws, recent research from the University of California San Diego's Rady School of Management reveals that the 1965 Voting Rights Act contributed to improvements of the economic status of Blacks.

Health - Economics - 18.05.2022
New agreement uses big data to improve WA health care
The Curtin Centre for Data Linkage has developed a new and innovative way of connecting data across general practices, hospitals, registries and government departments, which significantly reduces privacy risks. The increased level of security is because the linkage techniques operate on encrypted data, which means there is no requirement for the release of information that could potentially identify an individual.

Economics - 10.05.2022
COVID-19 has negatively impacted how auditors work
May 10, 2022 Audit process can suffer because of physical dispersion of team members By COVID-19 has disrupted financial statement auditing globally and impacted group dynamics in an industry vital to the health of the economy, according to a new study. Pre-pandemic, core audit teams traditionally worked together on-site at the client's workplace, often sharing a meeting space as the team's basecamp-increasing team trust, identity, and potentially effectiveness.

Economics - 22.04.2022
To lower divorce rate among poor Americans: Raise the minimum wage
A report by UCLA psychologists and RAND economists has identified an effective way to reduce the number of divorces among lower-income Americans: Raise the minimum wage. The study, which is published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, is the first to analyze the effects of states' minimum wage increases on the rates of marriage and divorce among low-wage earners.

Health - Economics - 21.04.2022
A layered approach is needed to prevent infections from becoming harder to treat
April 21, 2022 Global collaboration needed to effectively address the antimicrobial resistance crisis By Counteracting antimicrobial resistance needs a multipronged approach, including training, labelling food products, working with the media and changing mindsets, according to a new study. Antimicrobial resistance occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines, making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death. It claimed 1.27 million lives in 2019.

Economics - 14.04.2022
Controlling complex systems with artificial intelligence | ETH Zurich
Researchers at and the Frankfurt School have developed an artificial neural network that can solve challenging control problems. The self-learning system can be used for the optimization of supply chains and production processes as well as for smart grids or traffic control systems. Power cuts, financial network failures and supply chain disruptions are just some of the many of problems typically encountered in complex systems that are very difficult or even impossible to control using existing methods.

Environment - Economics - 13.04.2022
Your morning coffee could hasten species’ extinction
Ahead of a global biodiversity convention, researchers find consumption in Europe, North America, and East Asia primarily drives species extinction risk in other countries. As negotiations before the 15 th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-15) take place, international research has quantified the impact of human consumption on species extinction risk.

Agronomy / Food Science - Economics - 11.04.2022
Study sheds new light on the origin of civilisation
The research sheds new light on the mechanisms by which the adoption of agriculture led to complex hierarchies and states It challenges the conventional -productivity theory- which holds that regional differences in land productivity explain regional disparities in the development of hierarchies and states, by theoretical arguments and empirical analysis.

Economics - 07.04.2022
Can bad reviews be good for business? New UBC research says yes
Can bad reviews be good for business? New UBC research says yes
Business, Law & Society Collins Maina Negative online reviews and low-star ratings are generally known to be bad for brands, so much that there are entire businesses devoted to reversing the damage. But a new study from the UBC Sauder School of Business found that this isn't always the case. UBC Sauder Associate Lisa Cavanaugh (she/her) and her research team have found that negative online comments have little effect in cases where brand relationships are strong and consumers personally identify with a brand's products.

Economics - 04.04.2022
Giving Increased During the Pandemic in Areas Hit Hardest by COVID-19
Amidst the uncertainty, fear and tragedy of the pandemic, people became more financially generous toward others Charitable giving increased in counties that experienced COVID-19-related deaths, reveals a new study from the University of California San Diego's Rady School of Management published in Nature's Scientific Reports.

Art and Design - Economics - 28.03.2022
And the Oscar goes to... LGBTQI+ inclusion
As Hollywood rolls out the red carpet and our biggest stars come together to celebrate 94th Academy Awards , researchers from Monash University Australia have released the findings of extensive research into LGBTQI+ inclusion in films and what it means at the box office. A team led by a Monash Business School researcher analysed 4216 contemporary Hollywood films from 2007-2014 and found that movies with LGBTQI+ representation significantly outperform those with no representation at the box office.

Economics - Pharmacology - 14.03.2022
Financial Incentives Can Reduce Vaccine Hesitancy, but only in Large Amounts
A reward of $500 increases vaccine willingness by 15 to 20 percent, reveals a new UC San Diego study Willingness to vaccinate is critical in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. About 45 percent of Americans are not vaccinated and among those vaccinated, less than 30 percent have received a booster. Financial incentives and other nudges have been used to help increase vaccination rates across the nation, but new research from the University of California San Diego's Rady School of Management reveals that compensations need to be large—at least $100—to reduce vaccine hesitancy.

Economics - 07.03.2022
Skill, scale, and value creation in the mutual fund industry
When investors shop for mutual funds, they typically focus on performance, which is generally measured by the level of returns (compared to a given benchmark). However, far less is known about value creation, i.e. whether funds, or rather the fund managers, are capable of extracting genuine value from capital markets through their investment decisions.

Campus - Economics - 02.03.2022
Cause for Optimism
Pilot program explores possibilities of low-cost, online support to address COVID-19 learning disruptions A recent pilot program measuring the results of online tutoring for K-12 students has shown positive, promising results, according to a new study from the University of California San Diego's Rady School of Management.

Economics - Computer Science - 17.02.2022
Combating terrorist financing challenges banks
Banks monitor huge quantities of financial transactions on a daily basis, with the aim to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Political scientist Esmé Bosma studied the ways in which banks experiment with digital technologies and how they implement counter-terrorist financing regulations.

Social Sciences - Economics - 17.02.2022
Advertising and social media can boost desire to have children
Business, Law & Society Collins Maina What exactly motivates people to have children? Over time, researchers have attributed it to reasons like biological drive, social pressures and emotional fulfillment. But according to a new study from the UBC Sauder School of Business, advertising and social media should be added to that list.

Economics - Pharmacology - 14.02.2022
New book highlights how small biotech companies are outperforming big pharma
Biotech firms have developed nearly 40% more of key treatments for unmet medical needs, says a new book co-authored by Cambridge researchers. From Breakthrough to Blockbuster: The Business of Biotechnology , published today, shows how the small, inexperienced entrepreneurial companies making up the biotech industry have created more life-changing medicines than all of the large pharmaceutical companies combined.