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Career - Economics / Business - 13.04.2021
Paid family leave does not hurt employers
With the battle over federal paid family leave heating up again, a new Stanford study has answers to a key question at the heart of the debate: Are businesses hurt when workers take time off with pay to care for a child or ailing family member? The answer is no, according to research by Maya Rossin-Slater , an associate professor of medicine and a SIEPR faculty fellow.

Health - Economics / Business - 13.04.2021
Researchers chart path to drastically lower administrative costs of health care
A new analysis by Stanford researchers suggests the health care industry can reap many of the economic benefits of a "Medicare for All" program through incremental changes to the private health care market. Researchers at the  Stanford School of Medicine  have developed a novel framework that can be used to lower health care administrative costs so they're the same, or even less than, those of a single-payer system.

Materials Science - Economics / Business - 02.04.2021

Environment - Economics / Business - 31.03.2021
How much are invasive species costing us'
How much are invasive species costing us’
A + A Scientists from the CNRS, the IRD, and the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle have just released the most comprehensive estimate to date of the financial toll of invasive species: nearly $1.3 trillion over four decades. Published in Nature (31 March 2021), their findings are based on the InvaCost database, which is financed by the BNP Paribas Foundation and the Paris-Saclay University Foundation's AXA Chair of Invasion Biology.

Media - Economics / Business - 29.03.2021
Fake news and patriotic journalism were at the centre of media coverage of the events of 1 October
A study by the researchers Lluís Mas, Frederic Guerrero, Xavier Ramon and the alumni Laura Grande, of the Department of Communication published in the journal The Political Economy of Communication . The Spanish daily newspaper El País applied interpretative frames of patriotic journalism to cover the events of the Catalan process in October 2017.

Economics / Business - 24.03.2021
World's first room-temp quantum computer set for release
World’s first room-temp quantum computer set for release
The world's first room-temperature quantum computer is in the final stages of development and is set to be installed at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Perth and activated later this year.

Economics / Business - Environment - 18.03.2021
Planning tool for cargo bike logistics
Planning tool for cargo bike logistics
Research team explores potential for package delivery Cargo bikes could play a much bigger role in urban package delivery. This conclusion was reached in a study based on the cities of Munich and Regensburg, where around one seventh of delivery-related CO2 emissions could be reduced. The research team has developed a planning tool to help companies and municipalities identify the potential for cargo bikes in city districts.

Agronomy / Food Science - Economics / Business - 18.03.2021
Sugar Tax in Spain has led to only tiny reduction in calories in shopping basket
New research suggests sugar taxes only slightly changed consumer behaviour, arguing that a combination of different policies is fundamental to tackle obesity. Last updated on Friday 19 March 2021 The introduction of a sugar tax, increasing the price of fizzy drinks and other products high in sugar content, has had only a limited, moderate effect in shifting people's dietary habits and behaviours, according to a new study.

Environment - Economics / Business - 10.03.2021
How global sustainable development will affect forests
How global sustainable development will affect forests
Global targets to improve the welfare of people across the planet will have mixed impacts on the world's forests, according to new research. The United Nations’ 17 key areas for global development – known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – range from tackling poverty, hunger and sanitation to promoting clean energy, economic growth and reducing inequality.

Economics / Business - Innovation - 02.03.2021
Energy switching decisions could widen social inequalities
Energy switching decisions could widen social inequalities
New energy tariffs designed for a low carbon future could leave people on bad deals even worse off, research has found. The Leeds-led study found new types of contracts could benefit all types of customer, with opportunities to sell excess energy from solar panels or incentives for using energy at off-peak times.

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 Göttingen 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.
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