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Business/Economics
15.02.2018
Artificial intelligence can help you protect your personal data
Artificial intelligence can help you protect your personal data
It's a safe bet that some of the websites and apps you use collect and subsequently sell your personal data.
Careers/Employment - Business/Economics
14.02.2018
Universal basic income policies don’t cause people to leave workforce, study finds
New research from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy suggests that a universal basic income would not cause people to leave the workforce. Such proposals, including one considered by Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign, include direct payments that ensure each resident has a baseline of income to provide for basic needs.
Business/Economics
09.02.2018
Modeling human behavior with Airbnb
Modeling human behavior with Airbnb
Researchers at Idiap and EPFL have been working with psychologists to understand how people form first impressions from photos.
Business/Economics
08.02.2018
Study uncovers gender gap in earnings of Uber drivers
UChicago economists helped lead a study that found men working for the ride-sharing platform Uber earned about 7 percent more per hour than women. Workers in the growing "gig" economy-work done on a contract or freelance basis-have flexibility that some experts speculated could favor women.
Business/Economics
22.01.2018
Human smugglers operate as 'independent traders', study finds
Human smugglers operate as ’independent traders’, study finds
First study to model the organisation behind trade in illegal border crossings shows no "Mafia-like" monopoly of routes from Africa into Europe via Mediterranean. Instead, myriad independent smugglers compete in open markets that have emerged at every stage of the journey. This is a far cry from how Mafia-like organisations operate Paolo Campana Latest research shows a lack of overarching coordination or the involvement of any "kingpin"-style monopolies in the criminal operations illegally transporting people from the Horn of Africa into Northern Europe via Libya.
Business/Economics - Innovation/Technology
19.01.2018
Gut instinct trumps evidence at the polls
People are more likely to go with their gut and trust personal opinions irrespective of evidence that might be presented during an election or referendum campaign, according to an important new economic study. A new paper, published by our Department of Economics , shows that voters tend to retain strong attachment to their own opinions even when this is challenged by evidence.
Business/Economics - Innovation/Technology
18.01.2018
How ’gut instinct’ trumps ’evidence’ when voters go to the polls
People are more likely to go with their gut and trust personal opinions irrespective of evidence that might be presented during an election or referendum campaign, according to an important new economic study. A new paper, published by our Department of Economics , shows that voters tend to retain strong attachment to their own opinions even when this is challenged by evidence.
Psychology - Business/Economics
08.01.2018
Spendthrift or tightwad? Children form attitudes about money at young age
ANN ARBOR-The U.S. is the richest country in the world, yet economists estimate that at least half of Americans won't retire with enough money saved to maintain their current lifestyle. So, in order to develop interventions to reverse this trend, researchers must understand how people form spending habits, and when.
Business/Economics - Innovation/Technology
01.01.2018
’Gut instinct’ trumps ’evidence’ when voting
People are more likely to go with their gut and trust personal opinions irrespective of evidence that might be presented during an election or referendum campaign, according to an important new economic study. A new paper, published by our Department of Economics , shows that voters tend to retain strong attachment to their own opinions even when this is challenged by evidence.
Physics/Materials Science - Business/Economics
21.12.2017
Politics - Business/Economics
19.12.2017
Street signs
Street signs
Day after day in early 2011, massive crowds gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square, calling for the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Away from the square, the protests had another effect, as a study co-authored by an MIT professor shows. The demonstrations lowered the stock market valuations of politically connected firms - and showed how much people thought a full democratic revolution was possible.
History/Archeology - Business/Economics
18.12.2017
Calf's foot jelly and a tankard of ale? Welcome to the 18th century Starbucks
Calf’s foot jelly and a tankard of ale? Welcome to the 18th century Starbucks
Researchers have published details of the largest collection of artefacts from an early English coffeehouse ever discovered. Described as an 18th century equivalent of Starbucks, the finds nonetheless suggest that it may have been less like a café, and more like an inn. Coffee houses were important social centres during the 18th century.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Business/Economics
13.12.2017
Hydraulic fracturing decreases infant health, study finds
A new study co-authored by Prof. Michael Greenstone finds infants born to mothers living up to about 2 miles from a hydraulic fracturing site suffer from poorer health. From North Dakota to Texas to Pennsylvania, hydraulic fracturing has transformed many places in America into energy powerhouses.
Computer Science/Telecom - Business/Economics
06.12.2017
Try this! Researchers devise better recommendation algorithm
Try this! Researchers devise better recommendation algorithm
The recommendation systems at websites such as Amazon and Netflix use a technique called "collaborative filtering." To determine what products a given customer might like, they look for other customers who have assigned similar ratings to a similar range of products, and extrapolate from there. The success of this approach depends vitally on the notion of similarity.
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.
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