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April 27, 2015

UK Doctors Unlikely to Be Able to Repay Student Loans

Apr. 20, 2015 — UK doctors are unlikely to be able to repay their student loans over the course of their working lives, amassing huge debts by the time they graduate, in some cases. What's more, there are clear ... read more

Online Creep: Targeted Ads May Have Opposite Effect of Marketers' Intent

Apr. 8, 2015 — Online advertisements that target users based on their web browsing habits and other personal information have a negative impact on the person’s intent to purchase the product, a new study ... read more

Why Daring to Compare Online Prices Pays Off Offline

Apr. 7, 2015 — The sudden closures of big-box stores like Future Shop and Target may make it seem like online shopping is killing real-world stores. But shoppers are actually engaging in 'web-to-store' ... read more

Saving Lives by Making Malaria Drugs More Affordable

Apr. 6, 2015 — The 'shelf life' of malaria-fighting drugs plays a significant role in how donors should subsidize the medicine in order to ensure better affordability for patients, a new report suggests. ... read more

Saving Money: Do Consumers Spend Less If They Think About the Future?

Mar. 31, 2015 — Why is it so hard for consumers to save money? According to a new study, consumers are often impatient and do not think about the long-term consequences of spending ... read more

When Are Consumers More Likely to Rely on Feelings to Make Decisions?

Mar. 31, 2015 — Why do some consumers make choices based on their feelings instead of rational assessments? According to a new study, consumers who consider themselves independent are more inclined to rely on ... read more

How Are Ordinary Consumers Transforming the Fashion Business?

Mar. 31, 2015 — One of the most important shifts of the 21st century is the ability of consumers to participate in markets they love such as music and fashion. A new study reveals how ordinary consumers have changed ... read more

A Matter of Taste: When Do Products Benefit from Mixed Reviews?

Mar. 31, 2015 — How do consumers react to products with diverse online reviews? According to a new study, a mix of positive and negative reviews can benefit products that are evaluated based on personal ... read more

Do Consumers Think Products Are Better When Companies Donate to Charity?

Mar. 31, 2015 — Does hearing about a company's charitable donations raise your opinion of their products? According to a new study, corporate social responsibility leads consumers to believe products are better ... read more

Will You Ever Pay Off Your Student Loan?

Mar. 25, 2015 — Would-be participants of higher education must be given full and transparent advice before they accumulate debts as students that follow them into the workplace, according to a new ... read more

Consumers Value Handmade Products: What's Love Got to Do With It?

Mar. 24, 2015 — Machine-made products today are often of very good quality, and many are relatively cheaper than their handmade counterparts. But they are missing the key ingredient of “love,” according to a new ... read more

What Is the Definition of 'Natural' Foods? Consumers Want to Know

Mar. 24, 2015 — After decades of debate there remains no generally accepted definition of a "natural" food product. Regulatory agencies have refused to settle the issue but may be under new pressure from ... read more

Simple Tasks Help Protect Your Credit

Mar. 23, 2015 — With mega data breaches coming from entities such as retail stores, insurance providers and restaurant chains, someone could more easily gain access to personal financial information that consumers ... read more

Green Screen or Smokescreen? Hollywood's Messages About Nature and the Environment

Mar. 17, 2015 — A new study has revealed the dual and conflicting messages in commercial films for young audiences about pivotal environmental problems and their potential ... read more

Alternative Way to Pay for Expensive Drugs May Be Needed, Analysis Says

Mar. 11, 2015 — A major challenge facing the world's health care systems is paying for a new breed of expensive breakthrough drugs. One way to address the issue is to approach it the same way as other ... read more

Slick Mobile Payments May Rebound on Retailers

Mar. 11, 2015 — Developers and marketing experts concentrate on making mobile device payment systems slick and easy but research shows they that approach may rebound on retailers. "The perceived wisdom is that ... read more

Measuring the Marketing Effectiveness of Asking Versus Telling

Mar. 9, 2015 — Most marketing campaigns are centered around advertisements that feature statements as the way to convey a message to targeted consumers. New research finds a question mark has advertising value too ... read more

Mar. 5, 2015 — Common consumer products, including those marketed as 'green,' 'all-natural,' 'non-toxic' and 'organic' emit a range of compounds that could harm human health ... read more

Deciding on a Purchase: Does It Matter If You Look Up or Down While Shopping?

Mar. 4, 2015 — Next time you look up at a higher shelf in a store or down at your phone when making a purchase, think about how the direction you are looking could influence your decision. According to a new study, ... read more

Soft Drink Tax Could Improve Health of the Nation, Australian Study Says

Mar. 2, 2015 — An excise tax on sugar-sweetened drinks would be an effective way to improve the health of heavy consumers, new research shows. Australian researchers compared the impact that a 20 per cent sales tax ... read more

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