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Business/Economics
17.11.2017
Grade inflation adds thousands to the cost of a family home
Grade inflation adds thousands to the cost of a family home
Grade inflation at English primary schools can increase the price of surrounding houses by up to 7,000, according to early research from economists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The study finds that as parents are drawn to areas with what appear to be higher school scores, the demand for housing escalates and poorer residents are driven out.
Business/Economics - Mathematics
10.11.2017
No-growth economy could mean fewer crashes and higher wages, study shows
No-growth economy could mean fewer crashes and higher wages, study shows
No-growth economy could mean fewer crashes and higher wages, study shows An economy based on zero growth could be more stable - experiencing fewer crashes - and bring higher wages, suggests a new University of Sussex study. Running counter to dominant economic thinking, the new research shows that economies can be stable with or without growth and are in fact likely to be less volatile if we stop chasing ever-increasing GDP.
Physics/Materials Science - Business/Economics
08.11.2017
A new bio-robot
A new bio-robot
With a new method for modifying antibodies, drugs are developped showing more stability and, thus, having fewer side-effects. At the time Spycher, a postdoctoral radiopharmaceutical researcher at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, was concerned with the question of how active agents could be bound to antibodies more efficiently.
Business/Economics - Medicine/Pharmacology
02.11.2017
Child neglect linked to parental unemployment
The number of reported cases of child neglect in the United States of America increased as a result of the spike in unemployment following the financial crisis of 2007-08, according to new Oxford University research. Defined as the physical, mental, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect of a person under the age of 18, child maltreatment is a prolific problem in American society, with about 700,000 cases reported in 2015 alone.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Business/Economics
01.11.2017
Prenatal Medicaid benefits boost health gains across generations
ANN ARBOR-The expansion of Medicaid to provide low-income women with prenatal care in the 1980s and 1990s was a success in improving birth outcomes. Children with mothers who benefited from this program were not only healthier at birth, but also more likely to graduate high school and have higher incomes.
Business/Economics
01.11.2017
Ensuring the survival of elephants in Laos : a matter of economics
Ensuring the survival of elephants in Laos : a matter of economics
Asian elephant populations in Laos, which are under a process of commodification, have dropped by half in the last 30 years.
Business/Economics
31.10.2017
How impatience guides financial behavior
How impatience guides financial behavior
Imagine you are receiving a refund payment from the federal government. Are you going to spend it right away or save the money? Is that decision based on your short-term finances' Or does it hinge on whether you identify yourself as a "spender" or a "saver" more generally? A new study by an MIT economist sheds more light on the quirks of people's actions in such cases and suggests that, in addition to immediate financial needs, persistent behavioral characteristics play a key role in even short-term pocketbook decisions.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Business/Economics
25.10.2017
Global biodiversity conservation does save species, but could be done smarter
Global biodiversity conservation does save species, but could be done smarter
New analysis reveals that billions of dollars spent on habitat and species conservation have resulted in substantial reductions in biodiversity loss. Government spending on conservation efforts, such as management of national parks, has been patchy across the world, in part due to a lack of solid evidence of success.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Business/Economics
19.10.2017
A seemingly symbolic action shifted the climate change debate
ANN ARBOR-On the face of it, environmentalist Bill McKibben's international climate campaign to have universities divest fossil fuel assets had limited success. Only a handful of institutions pledged to divest and it didn't affect the stocks of fossil fuel companies. But a new study by University of Michigan sustainable enterprise professor Andy Hoffman and Temple University's Todd Schifeling, a former postdoc with U-M's Erb and Graham institutes, shows McKibben's activism might have been successful in another way.
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - Business/Economics
19.10.2017
Road charges could ease Melbourne’s gridlock, research shows
Charging drivers at peak times could be the best way to help ease Melbourne's traffic woes, according to new research by the University of Melbourne. In a working paper, Can Road Changes Alleviate Congestion , researchers Dr Leslie Martin and Mr Sam Thornton, from the Faculty of Business and Economics, analysed the economic and social impact of different charges levied on road use in Victoria.
Business/Economics
18.10.2017
Families pass on disadvantage, finds world-first welfare analysis
Almost two decades of Australian welfare payment data paints a picture of disadvantage, as researchers find children of parents on benefits are almost twice as likely to receive benefits too by their early 20s. An extensive study of welfare payments to more than 100,000 Australians has provided comprehensive evidence that young people are almost twice as likely to receive welfare by their early 20s, if their parents have also received benefits.
Business/Economics
16.10.2017
Every $1 spent returns $7.10 in exports
It's clear Australian aid is serving our national interests through growing economies in our neighbourhood, which then provides benefits to Australian exporters. New economic modelling from The Australian National University (ANU) has found that every additional $1 spent on Australian foreign aid in Asia has resulted in $7.10 in Australian exports.
Social Sciences - Business/Economics
04.10.2017
To kick-start creativity, offer money, not plaudits, study finds
To kick-start creativity, offer money, not plaudits, study finds
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — How should employers reward creative types for turning in fresh, inventive work: with a plaque or a party recognizing their achievement, or with cold, hard cash? According to new research co-written by a University of Illinois expert in product development and marketing, it's all about the money, honey.
Business/Economics
28.09.2017
Diversification benefits of commodities
Diversification benefits of commodities
Investment portfolios that include commodities deliver a six per cent average increase in risk-adjusted returns for investors. The finding comes from a study co-authored by a researcher at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Thursday 28 September 2017 The research shows that certain commodity strategies make investors better off when included in portfolios that consist of stocks, bonds, and cash.
Business/Economics - Medicine/Pharmacology
14.09.2017
Stanford scholars say big ideas are getting harder to find
Research from Stanford economists finds that productivity has not matched the exponential increases in research development, suggesting the next big idea may be harder to formulate. Modern-day inventors - even those in the league of Steve Jobs - will have a tough time measuring up to the productivity of the Thomas Edisons of the past.
Business/Economics - Careers/Employment
11.09.2017
Employee outsourcing hides slaves in the workforce, shows research
Employee outsourcing hides slaves in the workforce, shows research
Failure to monitor outsourced recruitment is resulting in companies inadvertently employing victims of modern slavery, according to new research led by our School of Management. Interview The research, conducted with the University of Sheffield, suggests that layers of outsourcing, subcontracting and informal hiring of temporary staff are to blame.
Agronomy/Food Science - Business/Economics
08.09.2017
Apety - the app that makes eating out a piece of cake
Apety - the app that makes eating out a piece of cake
Students from EPFL and HEC have just launched an app that streamlines how you organize a meal out with friends.
Business/Economics - Mathematics
01.09.2017
Scholars take aim at false positives in research
A single change to a century-old statistical standard would dramatically improve the quality of research in many scientific fields, shrinking the number of so-called false positives, according to a commentary published Sept. 1 in Nature Human Behaviour. The argument, co-authored by University of Chicago economist John List, represents the consensus of 72 scholars from institutions throughout the world and disciplines ranging from neurobiology to philosophy.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Business/Economics
24.08.2017
Illegal dumping during road construction in Ethiopia affects child mortality
Illegal dumping during road construction in Ethiopia affects child mortality
Researchers have shown that living near newly built roads in Ethiopia is associated with higher rates of infant mortality. Proximity to new roads has negative health effects because of toxic waste dumped illegally during the construction phase, according to early research by economists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD).
Business/Economics - Social Sciences
23.08.2017
Personality drives purchasing of luxury goods
People who are 'extraverted' and on low incomes buy more luxury goods than their introverted peers to compensate for the experience of low financial status, finds new UCL research. The study, published today in Psychological Science , used real life spending data from UK bank accounts to investigate the spending habits of richer and poorer people with different personality types.
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