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Deworming programmes for soil-transmitted helminths -- a Cochrane review update
Should global government and philanthropic aid be invested in large public health deworming programmes in low- and middle-income countries? (2019-09-11)
Magdeburg researchers refute theory of collective (non-)action
The theory of collective action states that there is no incentive for individuals in large groups to participate in the provision of work for public benefit. (2019-08-12)
Spread-changing orders and deletions affect stock prices
In a new study published in EPJ B, Stephan Grimm and Thomas Guhr from Duisburg-Essen University in Germany compare the influences that three price-changing events have on these spread changes. (2019-07-18)
Study: Minimum wage 'an effective tool' for increasing incomes of older workers
In an era of rising inequality and aging populations in the US, the effect of the minimum wage on the labor market for older workers is increasingly important, says new research from Mark Borgschulte, a professor of economics at Illinois. (2019-07-10)
People globally return 'lost' wallets more as money increases
In a study of how people in 40 countries decided to return (or not) 'lost' wallets, researchers were surprised to find that -- in contrast to classic economic logic -- people returned the wallets holding the greater amounts of money more often. (2019-06-20)
Inconsistent choice-making a normal part of how the brain evaluates options
Sometimes consumers will switch their preferences, known in industry terms as 'customer churn.' While economists have previously called that an error in rationality, a new study says an important part of inconsistent choice-making is due to idiosyncratic activity in the brain areas that assess value. (2019-05-28)
Creativity: A question of impulsiveness
How can employees' working time be organized so as to enable them to perform in the best possible way when completing both creative and routine tasks? (2019-05-23)
Economists find net benefit in soda tax
A team of economists has concluded that soda taxes serve as a 'net good,' an assessment based on an analysis of health benefits and consumer behavior. (2019-05-20)
Creativity is not just for the young, study finds
If you believe that great scientists are most creative when they're young, you are missing part of the story. (2019-04-26)
Auction bids decline with intensity of competition: new research
People bid less in auctions that have more bidders, new research suggests. (2019-04-15)
Berkeley's soda tax election changed drinking habits months before prices went up
Berkeley's soda tax election may have played a major role in changing drinking habits in the city, a new study shows. (2019-04-02)
Faster robots demoralize co-workers
A Cornell University-led team has found that when robots are beating humans in contests for cash prizes, people consider themselves less competent and expend slightly less effort -- and they tend to dislike the robots. (2019-03-11)
How power-to-gas technology can be green and profitable
Hydrogen production based on wind power can already be commercially viable today. (2019-02-26)
Visualizing mental valuation processes
Rafael Polanía and his team of ETH researchers have developed a computer model capable of predicting certain human decisions. (2019-02-19)
Investment in LEGO can yield returns of up to 600 percent
Economists of the Higher School of Economics Victoria Dobrynskaya and Yulia Kishilova analyzed secondary market prices of the world-famous toy construction sets released from 1987-2014. (2019-02-08)
NUS study finds that severe air pollution affects the productivity of workers
Economists from the National University of Singapore have completed an extensive study which reveals that exposure to air pollution over several weeks is not just unhealthy, it can also reduce employee productivity. (2019-01-03)
More than intelligence needed for success in life
Research carried out at the University of Adelaide and the University of Bristol has examined long-held beliefs that success in school and careers is due to more than just high intelligence. (2018-11-05)
Mainz-Paris study: Cost overruns of Olympic Games comparable to other large-scale projects
Sports economists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany in cooperation with the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in France have compiled a comprehensive list of expenditures and revenues of the Olympic Games from Sydney 2000 to PyeongChang 2018. (2018-11-05)
IRL rich people don't live that much longer than the poor
Differences in how many extra years rich people live compared to poor people is only about half of what we thought. (2018-10-29)
Modelling a future fuelled by sustainable energy
University of Adelaide economists have modelled the transition from a world powered by fossil fuels to one in which sustainable sources supply all our energy needs. (2018-10-29)
Education improves decision-making ability, study finds
A new study led by Hyuncheol Bryant Kim, assistant professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell University, found that education can be leveraged to help enhance an individual's economic decision-making quality or economic rationality. (2018-10-05)
What are the effects of alcohol access on risky behaviors in young adults?
Results from a recent analysis reveal that the availability of alcohol associated with turning 21 years old may have relatively large effects on risky behaviors, especially in men. (2018-09-06)
Study investigates shortcoming of ITQ systems for fisheries
Individual transferable quota systems for fisheries around the world may be ideal for some fisheries, but they can exclude rural, indigenous, low-income and next-generation fishermen from the industry, according to a new paper co-authored by a University of Alaska Fairbanks professor. (2018-08-22)
Beauty is simpler, and less special, than we realize
Beauty, long studied by philosophers, and more recently by scientists, is simpler than we might think, New York University psychology researchers have concluded in a new analysis. (2018-08-20)
Environmental regulations drove steep declines in US factory pollution
A new study by UC Berkeley economists shows that between 1990 and 2008, air pollution levels plummeted. (2018-08-08)
Scientists present concept for the elimination of traffic jams
A team of researchers from Cologne and New York presents proposals for the traffic management of the future. (2018-08-02)
Natural habitat can help farmers control pests, but not always a win-win
Natural habitat surrounding farm fields is not always an effective pest-control tool for farmers worldwide, according to analysis of the largest pest-control database of its kind. (2018-07-30)
Cost of flood losses in Maritimes could increase by up to 300 per cent
The financial costs of flooding in Canada's maritime region could spike by 300 per cent by the end of the century if steps are not taken to address the impacts of climate change. (2018-07-27)
Concentrated wealth in agricultural populations may account for the decline of polygyny
Polygyny has been more common among relatively egalitarian low-tech horticulturalists than in highly unequal, capital-intensive agricultural societies. (2018-07-17)
An immigrant workforce leads to innovation, according to new UC San Diego research
New federal restrictions on the temporary H-1B visa, which allows high-skilled foreign workers to be employed by U.S. companies, have increased debate on the economic impacts of the program, but little is known about its effect on product innovation -- until now. (2018-07-16)
Is the Bitcoin network an oligarchy?
Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin can be analysed because every transaction is traceable. (2018-07-02)
Economic models significantly underestimate climate change risks
Policymakers are being misinformed by the results of economic models that underestimate the future risks of climate change impacts, according to a new journal paper by authors in the United States and the United Kingdom, which is published June 4, 2018. (2018-06-03)
Per-capita end-of-life spending is decreasing rapidly, according to new study
Contrary to other recent studies, researchers from The Dartmouth Institute and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center find that end-of-life spending has been decreasing and contributing to the overall moderation of Medicare spending growth (2018-05-15)
Researchers propose key elements of antimicrobial stewardship for hospitals worldwide
In a study to be published in the journal Clinical Microbiology and Infection, researchers identify essential elements of antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) that could be applicable to hospitals in both high-income and low-income countries. (2018-04-03)
People are willing to pay to curate their online social image
Social media provides a new environment that makes it possible to carefully edit the image you want to project of yourself. (2018-03-15)
It's mostly luck, not pluck, that determines lifetime reproductive success
Can one seedling, or one female bird, be so superior to the rest that it will inevitably become the 'lucky' one to grow to the sky, or help perpetuate the species? (2018-03-12)
Wage increases do not have a persistent effect on job satisfaction
After a wage increase, people tend to be more satisfied with their jobs -- and even more so when what they have gained exceeds the wage increases of their colleagues. (2018-02-07)
How neurotechnologies impact risk appetite
Researchers from the Higher School of Economics have shown that by stimulating the frontal cortex, a person's financial risk appetite can be increased temporarily. (2017-12-28)
What are the likely effects of Brexit on UK regions?
A new Papers in Regional Science article that highlights the possible implications of Brexit for the UK and its regions notes that the results for the UK economy may not be as damaging as some forecasters say. (2017-11-22)
How marketing decoys influence decision-making
The neural underpinnings of the decoy effect -- a marketing strategy in which one of three presented options is unlikely to be chosen but may influence how an individual decides between the other two options -- are investigated in new neuroeconomic research published in JNeurosci using neuroimaging and brain stimulation. (2017-11-06)
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