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Performance measures for CEOs vary greatly (4/17/2014)

As companies file their annual proxy statements with the US Securities and Exchange Commission this spring, a new study by Rice University and Cornell University shows just how S&P 500 companies have tied CEO compensation to performance. The study found large variations in the choice of performance measures, and the researchers said that companies tend to choose measures that are informative of CEO actions. ...> Full Article


Pseudo-mathematics and financial charlatanism (4/13/2014)

'Backtest overfitting' is a dubious yet common practice in finance. Its perils are dissected in 'Pseudo-Mathematics and Financial Charlatanism: The Effects of Backtest Overfitting on Out-of-Sample Performance,' to appear in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society. The authors write: 'We strongly suspect that ... backtest overfitting is a large part of the reason why so many algorithmic or systematic hedge funds do not live up to the elevated expectations generated by their managers.' ...> Full Article


Neurofinance study confirms that financial decisions are made on an emotional basis (4/12/2014)

The willingness of decision makers to take risks increases when they play games of chance with money won earlier. Risk taking also rises when they have the opportunity to compensate for earlier losses by breaking even. This outcome was demonstrated by Dr. Kaisa Hyt÷nen, a Finnish Aalto University researcher in neurofinance, together with her international colleagues. ...> Full Article


USA top in the world for entrepreneurship (4/11/2014)

The USA is the most entrepreneurial economy in the world, according to the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index. ...> Full Article


Location matters when it comes to deal-making, says new study (4/10/2014)

Location matters when it comes to deal-making, says new studyEven six-year-olds know who you sit beside matters, whether you're in first grade or at a high-powered dinner. But now a new study, using the US Senate Chamber as its laboratory, provides documented evidence of that phenomenon. It shows that where a person is located influences who they interact with and who they will turn to in order to build support for their own agenda. ...> Full Article


Identifying risk factors for corporate financial fraud (4/9/2014)

In the wake of the global financial crisis, Jennifer Schwartz, a Washington State University associate professor of sociology and expert in crime trends, has secured a grant for more than a half-million dollars to study the risk factors for corporate financial fraud. ...> Full Article


Renewable energy market share climbs despite 2013 dip in investments (4/8/2014)

Renewable energy market share climbs despite 2013 dip in investmentsRenewable energy's share of world electricity generation continued its steady climb last year despite a 14 percent drop in investments to US$214.4 billion, according to a new UNEP report, 'Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014.' ...> Full Article


Software to calculate the environmental, social and economic impacts of transport (4/6/2014)

A Basque consortium, with the participation of Tecnalia among others, is designing a new tool to improve the sustainability of the transport sector, responsible for 25 percent of greenhouse gases. ...> Full Article


New model shows moderate resource use & reduced economic inequality keys to sustainability (4/5/2014)

A new analytical tool adds human factors to a widely-used biological model of how animal populations interact, suggesting that human societies can reach a steady state that is sustainable when they do not over-deplete natural resources and avoid extreme economic inequality. The paper, 'Human and nature dynamics (HANDY): modeling inequality and use of resources in the collapse or sustainability of societies,' was published in the May 2014 issue of the journal Ecological Economics. ...> Full Article


Customers prefer restaurants that offer nutrition facts and healthful foods (4/4/2014)

Customers are more likely to frequent restaurants that provide both healthful foods and nutrition information, according to researchers at Penn State and the University of Tennessee. ...> Full Article


Should family businesses always keep it in the family? (4/3/2014)

From the Murdochs to the Hiltons, families have long sought to keep their businesses in the bloodline. But new research from Concordia University's John Molson School of Business shows that's not necessarily the best method of management. ...> Full Article


One currency, one price? (4/2/2014)

New study shows the Euro leading to uniform prices across countries. ...> Full Article


Pessimism of early global policy architects stunted developing nations' economies (3/29/2014)

Pessimism of early global policy architects stunted developing nations' economiesInfluential economic ideas first advanced in 1911 -- stressing innovation and entrepreneurialism as the fundamental generators of growth and wealth -- were deemed inappropriate for developing countries, stunting progress in many parts of the world throughout the 20th century, a distinguished Harvard academic says in a newly published paper. Calestous Juma calls on emerging economy countries and development agencies to revisit and adopt ideas rejected in the 1950s by 'pessimistic' architects of early international development policies and institutions. ...> Full Article


The advantages of entering the workforce in a recession (3/28/2014)

Despite the well-documented disadvantages of graduating from college during a recession, could graduates actually be happier with their jobs in the long run? ...> Full Article


Long-term productivity higher in university spin-offs than in other companies (3/27/2014)

Researchers from the Universitat Aut˛noma de Barcelona and the University of Birmingham have analyzed the productivity of technology-based companies in Spain with the aim of comparing the characteristics of spin-offs with all other companies. Spin-offs have lower economic results during the first three years, but their productivity surpasses the other companies after that. The reason for this could lie in a higher capacity for learning among academic entrepreneurs. ...> Full Article

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Performance measures for CEOs vary greatly

Pseudo-mathematics and financial charlatanism

Neurofinance study confirms that financial decisions are made on an emotional basis

USA top in the world for entrepreneurship

Location matters when it comes to deal-making, says new studyLocation matters when it comes to deal-making, says new study

Identifying risk factors for corporate financial fraud

Renewable energy market share climbs despite 2013 dip in investmentsRenewable energy market share climbs despite 2013 dip in investments

Software to calculate the environmental, social and economic impacts of transport

New model shows moderate resource use & reduced economic inequality keys to sustainability

Customers prefer restaurants that offer nutrition facts and healthful foods

Should family businesses always keep it in the family?

One currency, one price?

Pessimism of early global policy architects stunted developing nations' economiesPessimism of early global policy architects stunted developing nations' economies

The advantages of entering the workforce in a recession

Long-term productivity higher in university spin-offs than in other companies



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