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Economics - 08.12.2023
Ethical brands fare in a recession
A new study from experts at The University of Manchester and the University of East Anglia (UEA) has revealed why some 'eco goods' may fare better than others as a UK recession looms. The research has demonstrated that when money gets tight, people are more likely to keep up more expensive ethical purchases like buying fair trade products.

Environment - Economics - 06.12.2023
Companies are missing their climate goals with misaligned behaviour
The emissions pathways of most companies in high-emitting sectors are not aligned with the climate targets of the Paris Agreement. To better contribute to national and global sustainability efforts, corporate behaviour must change. This is the main message of a new study by Imperial College Business School published in Nature Communications.

Health - Economics - 24.11.2023
I Eat What You Eat
I Eat What You Eat
Primary school children influence their peers' snack purchases, as revealed by a study conducted at the University of Bonn Do primary school children influence the snack purchases of their peers? A study by the University of Bonn reveals that they do indeed. In the presence of friends or classmates, kids are more likely to choose the unhealthier, but also the cheaper option.

Psychology - Economics - 24.11.2023
The Psychology of Success in Data Science Contest Design
Researcher from the School of Accounting and Finance explores how nonmonetary factors impact contestant behavior and effort levels By Kelsey Stoddart School of Accounting and Finance In today's data-driven world, holding data science competitions is a popular way to address real-world problems. Companies leverage these competitions to crowdsource solutions and strategically attract potential employees.

Economics - 16.11.2023
Crisis resilience: Swiss companies receive good marks
Crisis resilience: Swiss companies receive good marks
Swiss companies have been more financially resilient through the past years of crisis than their neighbors in Germany and Austria. A high equity ratio, an advanced degree of digitalization and uncomplicated support measures from the state have ensured that Swiss companies are highly resilient to crises.

Economics - 13.11.2023
'Your blood donation has been used' - How feedback text messages motivate people to donate blood
’Your blood donation has been used’ - How feedback text messages motivate people to donate blood
In Germany, 14,000 blood donations are needed every day for operations, accident victims or immunocompromised patients. But how can people be motivated to donate blood? A new study shows how blood donation services can inform donors by text message about the use of their donation - with a positive effect.

Astronomy / Space - Economics - 09.11.2023
Instrument from the University of Bern flies to the Moon
Instrument from the University of Bern flies to the Moon
Following the success of the Bern solar wind sail on the Apollo Moon missions of the U.S. space agency NASA in the 1960s, the Physics Institute at the University of Bern is to return to the Moon as early as 2027 with the LIMS mass spectrometer as part of the NASA Commercial Lunar Payoad A highly sensitive instrument for measurements on the lunar surface LIMS is a powerful instrument for the examination of a wide variety of samples which meets scientific lunar objectives.

Economics - 02.11.2023
MiFID II unbundling rules damaged research and liquidity in London's main stock market - new study
MiFID II unbundling rules damaged research and liquidity in London’s main stock market - new study
But impact was mitigated on London's Alternative Investment Market by NOMAD requirement Published on Thursday 2 November 2023 Last updated on Thursday 2 November 2023 New research from the University of Bath shows the European Union's MiFID II financial market reforms inadvertently reduced research activity and adversely affected liquidity in London's main stock market but that the impact on London's less regulated Alternative Investment Market was mitigated by its special adviser rules.

Economics - 01.11.2023
High risk doesn’t equal reward
A study of more than 4,000 cryptocurrencies between 2015 to 2022 has found that high-risk cryptocurrencies generally underperform their low-risk counterparts. The study reveals that cryptocurrencies with the most idiosyncratic (asset-specific) risks yielded an average annualised return of minus 9.36 percent, whereas cryptocurrencies with the least idiosyncratic risks yielded an average annualised return of 80.6 percent.

Economics - Music - 31.10.2023
Music on YouTube benefits unknown artists - but reduces revenues of the big players
Music on YouTube benefits unknown artists - but reduces revenues of the big players
Music hits that are made available for free by users on YouTube are less in demand on platforms such as Spotify or Apple Music. For the broad mass of lesser-known artists, on the other hand, uploading to YouTube by users can help them gain more attention and thus revenue via more lucrative platforms.

Economics - 27.10.2023
From ********* to EZacces$! Your browser extension could grab your password and sensitive info
When you type a password or credit card number into a website, you expect that your sensitive data will be protected by a system designed to keep it secure. That's not always the case, according to a group of digital security researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They found that some popular websites are vulnerable to browser extensions that can extract user data like passwords, credit card information and social security numbers from HTML code.

Environment - Economics - 26.10.2023
This bottle makes sparkling water on the go
Sparkling water on the go at the touch of a button and entirely plastic-free. The new water bottle by ETH spin-off bottleplus makes this possible. by Nicole Davidson and Karin Kelly Like many other people, former ETH students Christian Käser and Linus Lingg love to drink sparkling water. There are dozens of convenient and well-designed reusable bottles for transporting tap water.

Economics - 24.10.2023
In the subscription economy, research finds that most of us are oversubscribed
How many subscriptions do you have? A large study by Anna Paley and Niels van de Ven from Tilburg University shows that you probably have more than you realize, and that you're spending a lot more money on subscription services than you think. The researchers found a new way of nudging people towards better insight into their finances, which proves to be highly effective in helping the oversubscribed cut down on their monthly subscription charges.

Environment - Economics - 23.10.2023
Businesses must embrace new ways of thinking or risk not meeting climate targets
Businesses must adopt new ways of thinking to effectively reduce their carbon footprint, suggests a new study from Imperial College Business School. The study , conducted by Dr Simone Cenci and Matteo Burato of the Leonardo Centre for Business on Society at Imperial College Business School , explored how organisations currently think and act in regards to tackling climate change, and their effectiveness in aligning their emissions with global climate targets.

Economics - 20.10.2023
Why airline price hacks you thought worked, don’t
A new paper co-authored by Olivia Natan of Berkeley Haas and published in The Quarterly Journal of Economics peers into the black box of airline pricing and finds some surprises. Buy your ticket on a Tuesday. Search in your browser's incognito mode. Use a VPN to pretend you live in Suriname. "There are so many hacks out there for finding cheaper airline tickets," says Olivia Natan, an assistant professor of marketing at the Haas School of Business.

Environment - Economics - 19.10.2023
How fintech firms can advance sustainability goals
Financial technology companies should move beyond ESG standards to embrace "Impact fintech" "Impact Fintech" is a new term coined by researchers at the University of Waterloo's School of Environment, Enterprise and Development which describes a new category of financial technology firm - one that moves beyond ESG standards and instead embraces the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Economics - 13.10.2023
Algorithmic Pricing: Understanding the FTC’s Case Against Amazon
In a lawsuit, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said Amazon  used a secret algorithm  to determine how much to raise prices in a way competitors would follow and that brought the company $1 billion in revenue. Amazon insists the project had a benign aim and was scrapped.

Economics - 11.10.2023
Deception or collaboration: how do we deal with Internet rating systems?
Deception or collaboration: how do we deal with Internet rating systems?
As social animals, humans communicate with and influence each other by leaving digital traces on the Internet, particularly by using star rating systems on collaborative platforms. Many e-commerce sites use this technique to allow users to share their hotel or restaurant experiences, for example. But under what conditions can these traces enable a group to cooperate, and can we trust them?

Economics - 05.10.2023
Research sparks call for greater transparency over where tobacco companies operate
A new study has highlighted the prevalence of subsidiaries of major global tobacco companies revealing conflicts of interest around public health. Published on Thursday 5 October 2023 Last updated on Thursday 5 October 2023 For the first time ever, researchers have attempted to map the supply chain of cigarettes, from farm to factory, in a new study published today [Thursday 5 October] in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research .

Economics - Computer Science - 28.09.2023
When CEOs admit they have failed, stock analysts value their companies more highly: UBC study
In business, leaders rarely want to take accountability for unfavourable company performance - but a new study from the UBC Sauder School of Business shows that when they do, they might actually boost the value of their companies. In the study titled " The role of CEO accounts and perceived integrity in analysts' forecasts ," researchers electronically combed through more than 35,000 CEO conference calls to investors that spanned 12 years (2002-2013), and looked at whether the companies performed favourably or unfavourably.
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