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Many cancer survivors experience financial burdens
An analysis of US data from 2011 indicates that nearly 29 percent of cancer survivors are financially burdened as a result of their cancer diagnosis and/or treatment. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study also reveals that such hardships can have lasting physical and mental effects on cancer survivors. (2016-03-14)

JAMA Oncology: An expert opinion on how to address the skyrocketing prices of cancer drugs
Many patients with cancer find themselves in great financial distress, in part because the costs of cancer-fighting drugs are skyrocketing. Is it possible to create public policy that will rein in these prices and cut patients' out-of-pocket costs? Not without significant tradeoffs that could reduce patients' access to some cancer medications, says physician, cancer researcher and health economist Dr. Scott Ramsey in a JAMA Oncology editorial. (2016-02-11)

Negotiation tip: Gain sympathy and gain the advantage
Is sympathy considered a sign of weakness or is there a place for sympathy in negotiations? Research by Laura Kray, a professor in the Haas Management of Organizations Group at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, suggests that when one party conveys information with emotional reasons behind it, the other party is more likely to develop sympathy, be more willing to compromise, and find creative solutions. (2016-01-07)

Marketing: How does business debt affect firm value and consumer satisfaction?
Feeling less satisfied with the businesses you patronize? It might be because those businesses are in a lot of debt. According to a new study in the Journal of Marketing, a company that has a lot of financial leverage -- that is, a company that has a lot of debt in relation to its value --spends a lot less on advertising, which in turn decreases customer satisfaction. (2015-09-23)

Attorneys in civil courts make bigger impact working the system than knowing the law
Civil courts are where many people meet the legal system. Those with attorneys -- often a small minority -- are much more likely to see a better outcome, says a new study. More surprising, perhaps, is that lawyers' deep knowledge of the law explains little of their impact, which comes mostly in navigating court procedures and relationships, says Rebecca Sandefur, a University of Illinois sociology professor, in the October issue of American Sociological Review. (2015-09-03)

The challenge of mining rare-earth materials outside China
Five years ago, the cost of rare-earth materials that are critical for today's electronics went through the roof. An export quota set by China, which mines most of the world's rare earths, caused the price run-up. Though short-lived, the occurrence spurred calls for developing mines outside China, but whether others can challenge the country's dominance remains to be seen, reports Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society. (2015-07-29)

A new mechanism to explain how a financial crisis happens
Dr. Kobayashi Teruyoshi, an associate professor at the Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University and Dr. Charles Brummitt of Columbia University have proposed a new model to predict a financial crisis (a chain of bankruptcies) using a multiplex network model in which debts with different priorities are mutually held by banks. Their results were published on June 24 in the 'Highlight (Synopsis)' section of the online edition of Physics, a journal of the American Physical Society. (2015-07-20)

UT Dallas study delves into regulators' decision-making in bank closures
A new study from The University of Texas at Dallas found that commercial bank regulators consider much more than monetary cost when determining whether to close a troubled bank. (2015-07-17)

INFORMS journal study: Brands, patents can protect firms from bankruptcy
If a firm faces troubled times during a stable market, strong advertising can carry it through. But when the market is turbulent, a firm's R&D is more likely to help save it from bankruptcy. A study published in Marketing Science, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, shows that 'intangible assets' built with branding and patents helps protect firms from bankruptcy but their effectiveness depends on the market climate. (2015-06-19)

Using debt to maintain status quo leaves families on rocky road to recovery
Economically vulnerable families are increasingly willing to take on debt to maintain a basic standard of living -- a situation that can put them into a deep financial hole, according to a new University of Michigan study (2015-05-27)

A neural network model predicts whether a bank can go bust
The learning mechanism of neurones has inspired researchers at the University of Valladolid, Spain to create algorithms that can predict whether a bank will go bust. The model was correct for 96 percent of the banks that went bust in the USA in 2013 after analyzing their financial indicators from the previous decade, marked by the economic crisis. The most vulnerable were those which had accumulated loans from the construction sector and grown rapidly without sufficient provisions. (2015-05-05)

Think twice about investing in own company
Employees whose retirement plan is invested in stock of the company where they work do not pull out money as the firms approach financial distress, a recently released, but yet to be published paper, co-authored by a University of California, Riverside assistant professor found. (2015-03-04)

Suicide rates rising for older US adults
Suicide rates for adults 40-64 years of age in the US have risen about 40 percent since 1999, with a sharp rise since 2007. One possible explanation could be the detrimental effects of the economic downturn of 2007-2009, leading to disproportionate effects on house values, household finances, and retirement savings for that age group. Researchers found that external economic factors were present in 37.5 percent of all completed suicides in 2010, rising from 32.9 percent in 2005. (2015-02-27)

Entrepreneurs to venture capitalists: Don't be a Scrooge
A recently published study of more than 550 decisions and responses from 144 experienced entrepreneurs reveals that 'knowledge of explicit ethical or unethical behavior [by venture capitalists] profoundly shapes the entrepreneurs' willingness to partner.' (2014-11-25)

Countries can learn from Cyprus' 2013 economic crash, according to Imperial report
Countries can learn lessons from Cyprus' economic crash and subsequent bailout package in terms of preventing future financial crises, according to a report out today. (2014-10-31)

Were clinical trial practices in East Germany questionable?
Clinical trials carried out in the former East Germany in the second half of the 20th century were not always with the full knowledge or understanding of participants with some questionable practices taking place, according to a paper published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics. (2014-10-23)

Marcellus drilling boom may have led to too many hotel rooms
Drilling in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region led to a rapid increase in both the number of hotels and hotel industry jobs, but Penn State researchers report that the faltering occupancy rate may signal that there are now too many hotel rooms. (2014-09-18)

'Melbourne Shuffle' secures data in the cloud
Encryption might not be enough for all that data stored in the cloud. Usage patterns -- which files are accessed and when -- can give away secrets as well. Computer scientists at Brown have developed an algorithm to sweep away those digital footprints. They call it the Melbourne Shuffle. (2014-07-10)

Study quantifies costs when failed banks shun financial transparency
New study shows that more transparent accounting helps bidders, lowers costs when financial institutions fail. (2014-01-10)

American University to study Pennsylvania performing arts organizations
Changing lifestyles, economic pressures and the digital age have made it more challenging for performing arts organizations to stay ahead. To help address the situation, the William Penn Foundation awarded American University's Arts Management Program a three-year, $350,000 research grant to study the challenges facing performing arts institutions in Pennsylvania. AU, the William Penn Foundation, and AEA Consulting will partner to examine the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Opera Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Ballet. (2013-10-24)

How does divorce affect a man's health?
Divorced men have higher rates of mortality, substance abuse, depression, and lack of social support, according to a new article in Journal of Men's Health. (2013-09-30)

Cancer diagnosis puts people at greater risk for bankruptcy
People diagnosed with cancer are more than two-and-a-half times more likely to declare bankruptcy than those without cancer, according to a new study from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Researchers also found that younger cancer patients had two- to five-fold higher bankruptcy rates compared to older patients, and that overall bankruptcy filings increased as time passed following diagnosis. (2013-05-15)

Women make better decisions than men
Women's abilities to make fair decisions when competing interests are at stake make them better corporate leaders, researchers have found. The study from McMaster University's DeGroote School of Business in Ontario and A.T. Still University in Arizona showed that women are more likely to consider the rights of others and to take a cooperative approach to decision-making. This approach translates into better performance for their companies. (2013-03-25)

Research: Bankruptcy judges influenced by apologies
Debtors who apologized were seen as more remorseful and were expected to manage their finances more carefully in the future compared to debtors who did not offer an apology, finds a study co-written by U. of I. law professors Jennifer K. Robbennolt and Robert M. Lawless. (2013-03-04)

What are the effects of the Great Recession on local governments?
A new issue of State and Local Government Review (SLGR) documents the crisis affecting city and county governments following the Great Recession. Published this month, the issue examines the severity and potentially lasting changes brought about by the economic downturn and presents new data collected from local government administrators. The Special Issue of SLGR (published by SAGE), marks its move to a quarterly publication. (2012-09-11)

When to rein in the stock market
The stock market should be regulated only during times of extraordinary financial disruptions when speculators can destroy healthy businesses, according to a new study led by a Michigan State University scholar. (2012-07-05)

Controlling for the weather: Hedging increases firm value, new study shows
A highly debated topic in corporate finance is whether active risk management policies, such as hedging, affect firm value. New research from the University of Notre Dame and Stanford University shows that active risk management policies lead to an increase in firm value. (2012-06-20)

Have you heard? Nearly 15 percent of work email is gossip
According to some estimates, the average corporate email user sends 112 emails every day. About one out of every seven of those messages, says a new study from Georgia Tech, can be called gossip. (2012-06-06)

Tax rebates boost bankruptcies and why this isn't a bad thing
Many cash-strapped American families are waiting on their tax rebate to file for bankruptcy, and this trend has gained steam as costs related to filing for bankruptcy have gone up. Total bankruptcies increased by about 2 percent after the 2001 rebates, and by 7 percent after the 2008 rebates. This uptick, researchers say, follows the 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act legislation, which raised legal and administrative fees. (2012-03-22)

Social responsibility of businesses questioned
There is a confusion around what corporate social responsibility actually means. The ethics researcher David Sigurthorsson shows lessons to be learned from the Icelandic banking crisis. (2012-02-28)

Study reveals implications of the incentive to coordinate among bank lenders
Columbia Business School study shows that a bank reacts more to the same piece of news if it knows that other banks have the same information and hence will be reacting to the news as well. (2012-01-26)

Starving orangutans might help to better understand obesity and eating disorders in humans
New research published today in Biology Letters, a Journal of the Royal Society, examining how endangered Indonesian orangutans - considered a close relative to humans -- survive during times of extreme food scarcity might help scientists better understand eating disorders and obesity in humans. (2011-12-13)

Study finds bankruptcy rates among cancer patients increase along with survival time
An analysis linking federal bankruptcy court records to cancer registry data from nearly 232,000 adult cancer cases in western Washington during a 14-year period has found a hidden cost to survival: Insolvency rates increase along with the length of survival. (2011-06-06)

50 years on, UK betting shops lure new breed of punters
Fifty years after legalization, the UK's betting shops are attracting a new type of customer. This widening appeal may have harmful consequences in terms of problem gambling, argues initial research findings funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. (2011-05-08)

New health insurance survey: 9 million adults joined ranks of uninsured due to job loss in 2010
An estimated nine million working-age adults -- 57 percent of people who had health insurance through a job that was lost -- became uninsured in the last two years, according to the Commonwealth Fund 2010 Biennial Health Insurance Survey, released today. The survey paints a bleak picture for the 43 million adults under age 65 who reported that they or their spouse lost a job in the past two years (2011-03-16)

Massachusetts reform hasn't stopped medical bankruptcies: Harvard study
The percentage of personal bankruptcies linked to medical bills or illness changed little, and the absolute number actually increased in Massachusetts after the implementation of its landmark 2006 law requiring people to buy health insurance. Between early 2007 and mid-2009, the share of all Massachusetts bankruptcies with a medical cause went from 59.3 percent to 52.9 percent, a non-significant decrease. The findings have national implications because the federal law is patterned after the Massachusetts reform. (2011-03-08)

The sorry state of health of US medicine
As the debate about health care in the United States rages, four insightful articles in the March 2011 issue of the American Journal of Medicine strive to add reasoned arguments and empirical research findings to the dialog. (2011-03-08)

Study says, with counseling and education, there is life after bankruptcy
A multi-phase bankruptcy study conducted by University of Illinois economist Angela Lyons measured the impacts of both the counseling and education requirements by tracking debtors through the entire bankruptcy process. (2011-02-23)

Economic downturn takes toll on health of Americans with heart disease, diabetes or cancer
A new poll from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Knowledge Networks shows that many people with heart disease, diabetes or cancer believe the economic downturn is hurting their health and will have further negative impacts in the future. (2010-11-18)

What factors contribute to the success or failure of software firms?
Researchers from Pitt, McGill, and Georgia Tech reviewed data collected from 870 software firms between 1995 to 2007. They found that companies undertaking innovation-related actions and have higher marketing and operating abilities, are most likely to survive. (2010-11-18)

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