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Economics / Business - Health - 28.06.2022
Messaging on healthy foods may not prompt healthier purchases: study
Messaging on healthy foods may not prompt healthier purchases: study
Healthy food cues standing alone don't prompt healthier buying decisions, but they may counter advertising for sugary and fatty foods, says study co-authored by Cambridge researchers. People making food-buying choices are often faced with adverts or other descriptions such as -low calorie- (healthy) or -tasty- (less healthy) to influence their decisions, so how effective are health-conscious nudges in moving consumer behaviour toward healthier lifestyles?

Environment - Economics / Business - 23.06.2022
Default options facilitate faster carbon offsetting in air travel
Study with participation of University of Cologne economist finds that many air travellers more readily choose faster, but more expensive carbon offsetting options online if selecting a slower option requires action. However, the readiness to do so decreases the greater the gap between the most and the least expensive option gets / publication in 'Nature Human Behaviour' The defaults on a carbon offsetting website can cause a large percentage of customers to select faster CO2 compensation, even if this entails higher costs.

Economics / Business - Social Sciences - 21.06.2022
Study Suggests People Hurt Other People to Signal Their Own Goodness
Research from UC San Diego's Rady School of Management seeks to understand how incentives may help prevent violence Findings from a new University of California San Diego Rady School of Management study reveal people often hurt others because in their mind, it is morally right or even obligatory to be violent and as a result, they do not respond rationally to material benefits.

Economics / Business - Law - 21.06.2022
Is your insurance company watching you online and is it legal?
Is your insurance company watching you online and is it legal?
New research by Dr Zofia Bednarz has found insurers, using new AI and other models, may be able to collect your online data, and apart from anti-discrimination laws, there are no effective constraints on them using that data to price contracts. The insurance industry will soon benefit from technological advancements, such as developments in  Artificial Intelligence  ('AI') and  Big Data.

Health - Economics / Business - 16.06.2022
Female leadership attributed to fewer COVID-19 deaths
Female leadership attributed to fewer COVID-19 deaths
Countries with female leaders recorded 40 per cent fewer COVID-19 deaths than nations governed by men, according to University of Queensland research. Associate Professor Kelvin Tan from UQ's Business School says the statistic is a key finding of a study into the impacts different country characteristics, such as leadership, have had on COVID-19 infection and death rates.

Economics / Business - Social Sciences - 15.06.2022
Vigilantes seeking justice can also spell trouble for workplaces
Vigilantes seeking justice can also spell trouble for workplaces
Q&As Collins Maina Vigilantes are known for taking matters into their own hands to informally punish misbehaviour, and a new collaborative study finds they may pose a challenge to businesses and workplaces. The study , co-authored by UBC Sauder School of Business Karl Aquino ( he/him ), looks into what makes vigilantes tick.

Music - Economics / Business - 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 / Business - 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 / Business - 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 / Business - 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 / Business - 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 / Business - 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 / Business - 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 / Business - 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.

Environment - Economics / Business - 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 / Business - 12.04.2022
Study sheds new light on the origin of civilization
Research challenges the conventional theory that the transition from foraging to farming drove the development of complex, hierarchical societies by creating agricultural surplus, finds the adoption of cereal crops is the key factor. New research from the University of Warwick, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Reichman University, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Barcelona School of Economics challenges the conventional theory that the transition from foraging to farming drove the development of complex, hierarchical societies by creating agricultural surplus in areas of fertile land.

Agronomy / Food Science - Economics / Business - 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 / Business - 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 / Business - 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 / Business - 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.
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