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Study identifies upside to financial innovations (9/1/2014)

A new study of financial innovations before and during the last financial crisis indicates that financial innovations are not all bad. Many provide positive returns. ...> Full Article


Tecnalia revolutionizes hotel sector with smart bracelets (8/31/2014)

The Tecnalia applied research center has revolutionized the hotel sector with smart bracelets -- the Smart VIB (Very Important Bracelet) that enables clients access hotel rooms without the need for a card, make payments using the PayPal system, share experiences on social networks via the numerous tactile screens at their disposition, and receive completely personalized services according to taste, while at all times guaranteeing protection of information. ...> Full Article


Are consumers more likely to purchase unintentionally green products? (8/30/2014)

A Fortune 500 company is redesigning a popular product using materials that are friendlier to the environment. How will consumers respond to the newly redesigned, 'greener' product? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, consumers are more likely to purchase a product if they think helping the environment is not the intended purpose of a product improvement. ...> Full Article


Organic vs. paid advertising? Inside the mind of an online browser (8/29/2014)

New research by Columbia Business School Professor Kinshuk Jerath takes a unique look at a consumer's behavior between the keyword search and the point-of-click. ...> Full Article


How useful is economics -- how is economics useful? (8/15/2014)

What insights do the models, experiments and econometric regressions of scientific research provide about the economy -- and why and under what conditions are they useful in dealing with real-world problems? This question will be overarching the discussions among 17 Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences and approximately 450 aspiring young economists from more than 80 countries in Lindau, Germany, next week. ...> Full Article


Inequality -- a key issue of economic research (8/14/2014)

The drivers of rising inequality of income and wealth and the various scientific models for counteractive measures will be among the central topics debated among 17 Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences and approximately 450 aspiring young economists from more than 80 countries in Lindau, Germany, next week. The 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences will bring them together for a unique dialogue across generations, cultures and scientific backgrounds. ...> Full Article


Stock prices of companies that use the same underwriter tend to move together (8/13/2014)

The stock prices of companies that use the same lead underwriter during their equity offerings tend to move together, according to a new study by financial economics experts at Rice University and the University of Alabama. ...> Full Article


The economy of bitcoins (8/12/2014)

The massive spread of the cryptocurrency or digital currency, Bitcoin, opens up new pathways for researchers to study social action on markets. This reveals interesting feedback between the exchange rates and mentions in social media. ...> Full Article


Geography matters: Model predicts how local 'shocks' influence U.S. economy (8/11/2014)

Geography matters: Model predicts how local 'shocks' influence U.S. economyHurricanes. Foreclosures. Factory shutdowns. How do these local industry 'shocks' influence the country as a whole? A new model developed by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School measures the power of industry dips and boosts nationwide. Overall, they find that geography plays a huge role in determining how these fluctuations are felt across the country. ...> Full Article


Attention, bosses: Web-surfing at work has its benefits (8/7/2014)

Attention, bosses: Web-surfing at work has its benefitsManagement might call it cyberloafing, but new research reveals how online breaks can benefit employees and employers. ...> Full Article


Fear of losing money, not spending habits, affects investor risk tolerance, study finds (8/6/2014)

Michael Guillemette, an assistant professor of personal financial planning in the University of Missouri, analyzed the causes of risk tolerance and found that loss aversion, or the fear of losing money, is the primary factor that explains investors' risk tolerance. ...> Full Article


Money talks when it comes to acceptability of 'sin' companies, study reveals (8/5/2014)

Money talks when it comes to acceptability of 'sin' companies, study revealsCompanies who make their money in the 'sin' industries such as the tobacco, alcohol and gaming industries typically receive less attention from institutional investors and financial analysts. But new research shows social norms and attitudes towards these types of businesses are subject to compromise when their share price looks to be on the rise. ...> Full Article


Short sellers not to blame for 2008 financial crisis, study finds (8/4/2014)

Contrary to widespread media reports, the collapse of several financial firms during the 2008 economic crisis was not triggered by unsettled stock trades, according to new research from the University at Buffalo School of Management. ...> Full Article


Scalping can raise ticket prices (7/30/2014)

A new study by Victor Bennett, assistant professor of management and organization at the USC Marshall School of Business, along with colleagues at New York University and the Harvard Business School, finds that resale markets like Craigslist can add value to tickets sold by concert venues and Ticketmaster. ...> Full Article


CEOs who motivate with 'fightin' words' shoot themselves in the foot (7/29/2014)

Heading into the war room to fire up the troops? Declaring war on the competition to boost sales? Well, CEO, you might want to tamp down them's fightin' words -- you could be shooting yourself in the foot. A new Brigham Young University business study finds that bosses who try to motivate their employees with violent rhetoric -- think of Steve Jobs declaring "thermonuclear war" on Samsung -- end up motivating rival employees to play dirty. ...> Full Article

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Study identifies upside to financial innovations

Tecnalia revolutionizes hotel sector with smart bracelets

Are consumers more likely to purchase unintentionally green products?

Organic vs. paid advertising? Inside the mind of an online browser

How useful is economics -- how is economics useful?

Inequality -- a key issue of economic research

Stock prices of companies that use the same underwriter tend to move together

The economy of bitcoins

Geography matters: Model predicts how local 'shocks' influence U.S. economyGeography matters: Model predicts how local 'shocks' influence U.S. economy

Attention, bosses: Web-surfing at work has its benefitsAttention, bosses: Web-surfing at work has its benefits

Fear of losing money, not spending habits, affects investor risk tolerance, study finds

Money talks when it comes to acceptability of 'sin' companies, study revealsMoney talks when it comes to acceptability of 'sin' companies, study reveals

Short sellers not to blame for 2008 financial crisis, study finds

Scalping can raise ticket prices

CEOs who motivate with 'fightin' words' shoot themselves in the foot



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