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September 3, 2015

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September 3, 2015

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

Want Your Company to Remain Innovative? Think Twice Before Going Public

Aug. 12, 2015 — New companies are often successful because they are innovative. In search of new capital, these companies often go public. But does going public affect a company's ability to remain creative and ... read more

Paying Off Small Debts First May Get You in the Black Quicker

Aug. 12, 2015 — In debt and don't know what to do? Conventional economic wisdom says to pay off high-interest loans first. Yet according to a new study, paying off your smallest debts first can provide the ... read more

If You Purchase an Embarrassing Product Online, Do You Still Blush? New Study Says Yes

Aug. 6, 2015 — Published research and common knowledge suggest that embarrassment is something we experience only when we are around other people. But a new research study has found that people often are ... read more

Not-for-Profit Hospitals May Not Trump for-Profits in Providing Uncompensated Care

Aug. 3, 2015 — While not-for-profit hospitals receive substantial tax benefits, some do not provide free or subsidized care for a higher percentage of patients living in poverty than their for-profit counterparts, ... read more

When Farm to Table Means Crossing International Borders

Aug. 3, 2015 — Consumers are more likely to buy meat that is identified as a US product, but that effect diminishes if they are told that processing standards in other countries are equivalent to US ... read more

Personalized Banner Ads Are a Double-Edged Sword

July 23, 2015 — Trust in a particular vendor affects the degree to which consumers will accept or reject a personalized banner ad, research concludes. The investigators wondered where people would draw the line at ... read more

Mascots: Can a Humanlike Figure Actually Harm a Company?

July 7, 2015 — Companies whose brands are represented by or associated with human or humanlike figures are often perceived to be taking advantage of consumers when they raise their prices, new research ... read more

Reusable Shopping Bags Encourage Shoppers to Buy Produce -- And Junk Food?

July 7, 2015 — Bringing reusable bags to the grocery store often means you are an environmentally friendly shopper. But it also influences the very things you buy. According to a new study, bringing your own bags ... read more

You Don't Always Get What You Pay For, Even If Competition Is Fierce

July 2, 2015 — Academics have found that an increase in competition can, at times, actually reduce consumer welfare. Their article looks at instances where the positive correlation between competition and quality ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Seven out of 10 college students feel stressed about their personal finances, according to a new American survey. Nearly 60 percent said they worry about having enough money to pay for school, while ... read more

How Companies Can Reduce Sovereign Risk

June 25, 2015 — In a new study of five-year spreads on credit default swap contracts for more than 2,000 U.S. and international firms, a finance researcher found that strong property rights and transparency are key ... read more

National Identity: Does Buying Local Mean Shunning Global?

June 23, 2015 — U.S. consumers are often urged to “buy American,” and some special interest groups even claim that buying foreign products is inappropriate, or even immoral. But when it comes to buying domestic ... read more

The Unwanted Consumer: Harbingers of Failure

June 23, 2015 — Positive customer feedback, to say nothing of positive sales, is always a good sign of a new product's potential success, right? Not necessarily, says a new study. According to the study, there ... read more

Students' Unions Attempts to Oppose Consumerism Are Rarely Successful, New Research Finds

June 15, 2015 — While students' unions often try to oppose the rise of consumerism at their universities, they are rarely successful, a new study ... read more

It Takes a Village: Why Do Consumers Participate in Wind Energy Programs?

June 2, 2015 — Why do people participate in programs that benefit the environment, even when there seems to be no direct personal benefit in taking part? More specifically, why would consumers pay good money for ... read more

Unplanned Purchases: Why Does That Snickers Bar Looks Better the Longer You Shop?

June 2, 2015 — You go to the grocery store to buy a pound of ground beef and a can of tomato sauce. You walk out with the ground beef, the sauce, and a bag of chocolate-covered almonds, a silicon spatula, and the ... read more

Using Debt to Maintain Status Quo Leaves Families on Rocky Road to Recovery

May 27, 2015 — 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 ... read more

Nudge, Don't Judge, Shoplifters

May 19, 2015 — Specially designed shopping centers geared at encouraging shoplifters to think twice before they commit a crime are the way forward, according to ... read more

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