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October 13, 2015

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October 13, 2015

Male Suicide on Rise as Result of Austerity, Report Suggests

Oct. 6, 2015 — Young males between the ages of 10 and 24 have committed suicide in growing numbers as a direct result of austerity measures brought in across Europe following the 2009 recession, a new report ... read more

Rebates a Cost-Effective Way to Boost Healthy Eating Among Low-Income People, Study Finds

Oct. 6, 2015 — Nationwide expansion of USDA's Healthy Incentives Pilot would promote purchase, consumption of fruits, vegetables, and slightly increase longevity of SNAP recipients, a new report ... read more

Hotel 'Greenwashing' Dirties Eco-Friendly Reputation

Oct. 1, 2015 — Hotels across the globe are increasingly encouraging guests to embrace green practices. Yet while guests think they are supporting the environment by shutting off lights and reusing towels, they may ... read more

Sep. 30, 2015 — Mobile apps are changing the way brands connect with consumers and have the potential to boost a company's bottom line. According to a new study, there is a direct link between app use and ... read more

Frequently Discounting Maximizes Retailer Revenues

Sep. 29, 2015 — The 'discount-frequently' pricing strategy allows retailers to charge high prices when demand is high and is flexible unlike an 'every day low price' strategy or 'static ... read more

Cash: Friend or Foe?

Oct. 1, 2015 — Investigation into cash-rich companies is revealing insights into corporate governance and shareholder value, according to new ... read more

Companies Increase Profits With Multichannel Shoppers: Study in INFORMS' Marketing Science

Sep. 25, 2015 — Companies can increase profits by getting customers to buy through more than one channel, for example the bricks-and-mortar store and the Internet rather than the store alone. However, this strategy ... read more

Researchers' Model Helps Predict Consumer Spending

Sep. 25, 2015 — When a business wants to predict consumer expenditures at a competing firm, the task can be difficult. Now a new methodology is being used to predict consumer spending at ... read more

Marketing: How Does Business Debt Affect Firm Value and Consumer Satisfaction?

Sep. 23, 2015 — 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, a company that has a lot of financial leverage -- that ... read more

Consumer Idea Generation Is Not One-Size-Fits-All

Sep. 23, 2015 — Listen up, Dell and Starbucks and all companies that turn to consumers for ideas about products and services. There's a better way to pry ideas out of your customers than through the same old ... read more

Understanding Self-Control: Eating and Spending Are Different Public Policy Issues

Sep. 23, 2015 — You can resist buying candy while you're waiting in the checkout line, but you'll buy any pair of shoes that are on sale. Your best friend, in contrast, wouldn't dream of buying a pair ... read more

Fudging the Facts on 'Healthy' Products Is Tempting, but Is It Worth It?

Sep. 22, 2015 — A new study analyzes what happens to the sales of popular consumer products after federal regulators order manufacturers to stop making misleading health ... read more

Obamacare Saps Enthusiasm for Government Health-Care Spending

Sep. 21, 2015 — The Affordable Care Act has eroded support for federal health care spending not just from Republicans, but also from Democrats and independents, a study has ... read more

No Way? Charity's Logo May Influence Perception of Food in Package

Sep. 16, 2015 — An organization's logo on a food product can trigger quick perceptions by consumers about an item's healthiness and influence their decision-making, new research ... read more

Students in Credit Crisis

Sep. 15, 2015 — College students are well aware that they should be personally responsible for their finances, including their card obligations, but this awareness rarely correlates with limiting the debts they ... read more

Consumers Will Covet Control After Terrorism Strikes

Sep. 10, 2015 — If terror strikes increase in the United States, some consumers will keep buying as they always have, but others will withdraw from certain markets to minimize their risk. Researchers say the key ... read more

Financial Distress Can Hinder Success of Academically Prepared Minority Students

Sep. 10, 2015 — A new study of more than 500 black and Latino college students has confirmed that many encounter obstacles after enrolling in college without adequate financial ... read more

Using a Human Voice in Social Media Has a Positive Effect on Company Reputation

Sep. 8, 2015 — The modern-day complaints department tends to be a direct mention on Twitter to the company. It's easier than ever to have a direct line to a company, but what does a corporation get out of ... read more

Enjoyment Motivates People to Participate in the Sharing Economy

Aug. 24, 2015 — Sustainability and enjoyment are at least as important as economic benefits for participating in the sharing ... read more

Some Health Insurance Websites Show Improved Efforts to Support Patient Decision Making

Aug. 17, 2015 — Websites for national and state health insurance marketplaces show evidence of improved efforts to assist patients in choosing health insurance plans, such as providing decision support tools, ... read more

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