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December 1, 2015

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December 1, 2015

Decline in Cognitive Ability Leads to Fear of Upfront Costs

Dec. 1, 2015 — Older individuals with lower cognitive abilities are susceptible to behavioral biases, such as being adverse to upfront costs, report investigators in a new ... read more

Thinking of Bagging Yourself a Black Friday Bargain?

Nov. 27, 2015 — Revealing the motives, characteristics and experiences of sale shoppers, a new article lends some information to would-be shoppers, advice that will be useful even long after Black Friday ... read more

Instrument to Measure Brand Embarrassment Developed by Economists

Nov. 27, 2015 — Whether people wear T-shirts with a big logo of a brand depends on a person's "brand embarrassment tendency" (BET). Embarrassment is an intense, negative emotion and it derives from ... read more

Peak-End Pizza: Higher Prices Mean First Impressions Count

Nov. 25, 2015 — How does price impact your evaluation of a restaurant meal? Psychologists have long thought that we judge experiences based on their most intense moment (the peak) and the last part of the experience ... read more

Final Year Individual Bonuses Are Counter-Productive

Nov. 24, 2015 — Rewarding teamwork or group efforts enhances business performance, say researchers. The work has found that it makes better business sense to reward team performance rather than provide individual ... read more

Good or Bad Innovation Ideas?

Nov. 23, 2015 — The traditional way of running a project with a beginning and an end will soon be history. The scientists say that they have a smarter ... read more

Hiding Tobacco Products at Convenience Stores Reduces Teens' Risk of Future Tobacco Use

Nov. 23, 2015 — A one-of-a-kind laboratory replica of a convenience store is the first to use a realistic setting to examine whether limiting displays of cigarettes and other tobacco products in retail outlets can ... read more

Marked Decline in Retailer Compliance After Enactment of NYC's Tobacco 21 Law

Nov. 20, 2015 — In a study examining compliance with NYC's law increasing legal age for purchasing cigarettes from 18 to 21, researchers found retailer compliance with ID checks significantly decreased since ... read more

Scarcity, Not Abundance, Enhances Consumer Creativity, Study Says

Nov. 17, 2015 — Resource scarcity translates into enhanced consumer creativity, according to new research. A general sense of scarcity activates a constraint mindset that manifests itself through increased novelty ... read more

Overweight Men Just as Likely as Overweight Women to Face Discrimination

Nov. 16, 2015 — Men who are overweight are just as likely as overweight women to experience interpersonal discrimination when applying for a job or shopping at retail stores, according to new ... read more

School Choice Programs Lead to Private School Revenue Gains

Nov. 9, 2015 — As private school vouchers gain popularity and the financial implications become more complicated, one question remains: Where does the money spent by these programs ultimately go? Researchers found ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — Conducting an economic analysis of drug use is a particularly difficult endeavor, but for one researcher, it just meant taking a look at the history ... read more

Do You Buy Local? Your Consumer Ethnocentrism May Be Showing

Nov. 2, 2015 — Are you are one of the many consumers who prefer domestic to foreign products, even when the domestic products are lower in quality and cost more? Why is that? As a new study explains, you are ... read more

Another Car Recalled? Online Press Can Be Bad News for Rivals

Nov. 2, 2015 — When Toyota or Chrysler recalls one of its models, the news spreads all over social media, with most consumers bad-mouthing the recalled model. But it turns out that the bad-mouthing is not limited ... read more

Increasing Cigarette Taxes Shifts Consumers to More Dangerous Products

Oct. 29, 2015 — Increasing cigarette exercise taxes may have the unintended consequence of encouraging consumers to seek higher nicotine content and more dangerous cigarette products, according to a ... read more

Brain Imaging Can Predict Success of Large Public Health Campaigns

Oct. 28, 2015 — In a new study, brain activity in 50 smokers in Michigan was able to predict the outcome of an anti-smoking advertising campaign sent to 800,000 in New York, demonstrating the promise of neuroscience ... read more

Simulator of Human Behavior Advances Research

Oct. 27, 2015 — A Spanish research team is investigating how to build a system that recreates human behavior. This technology could be applied to anticipate behavior in socioeconomic crises, create more human-like ... read more

Research Investigates Impact of Carbon Footprint Label

Oct. 26, 2015 — An initiative to show consumers which products are more environmentally friendly needs to be easy to understand to be effective, say ... read more

Focus on Treatment Decisions: Doctor, Patient Should Decide Together

Oct. 23, 2015 — Two new articles investigate the following questions: Do patients benefit from shared decision making? Is treatment more effective as a result? How do physicians gain from training in shared decision ... read more

Online Gambling to Get Safer Through Better Prediction of Addiction

Oct. 23, 2015 — A new ‘early warning’ system that automatically informs gamblers as soon as their behavior shows signs of turning into an addiction is helping people engage in the pastime ... read more

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