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February 25, 2017

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February 25, 2017

Early Warning System Flags Global Financial Crises

Feb. 14, 2017 — Researchers have developed a new 'early warning system' that could help policymakers around the world take action to avert or lessen the impact of financial ... read more

Believe in the American Dream? You're Less Likely to Impulse Buy, Study Finds

Feb. 8, 2017 — When materialistic consumers believe in the American dream -- that it's possible to improve their economic status through hard work -- they are less likely to spend impulsively, according to new ... read more

Product Review Websites Try to Help but Actually May Harm Consumers

Feb. 1, 2017 — Third-party “infomediary” websites that aim to inform the public about products are sometimes, inadvertently, doing a disservice to the people they’re trying to help, according to new ... read more

Online Retail Prices Often Match Those in Stores

Jan. 31, 2017 — In 10 major countries, companies sell their wares at the same prices in stores and online, at the same moments, nearly three-quarters of the time, new research ... read more

Policymakers Need to Look at Wider Economic Benefits of Taxing Sugary Drinks

Jan. 11, 2017 — The wider economic benefits of a tax on sugary drinks need to be recognized by policymakers if retailers' pricing behavior is to be changed, according to a British ... read more

What Do Health Plan Deductibles Really Mean for People With Chronic Illness? New Study Takes a Look

Jan. 9, 2017 — For tens of millions of Americans, the start of a new year means the counter has gone back to zero on their health insurance deductible. If they need health care, they’ll pay for some of it out of ... read more

Is Student Debt Responsible for 'Boomeranging' Among Young Adults?

Jan. 6, 2017 — While student loan debt has reached an all-time high, it does not increase young adults' risk of 'boomeranging' or returning to their parental home, according to a study. Boomerangers, ... read more

What Do Google Search Queries Reveal About Brand Attitudes?

Jan. 4, 2017 — It has been widely thought that brand search volume -- the counts of queries that a search engine receives from users that include specific brand names, like 'iPhone' -- can predict sales ... read more

Fast Delivery for Christmas? A Study Explains Why We Like It So Much

Dec. 20, 2016 — Perceived goal conflict in everyday life causes anxiety and stress, which leads to feel pressed for time, making us impatient and willing to pay to save time, a new study ... read more

The Secret to Raising a Smart Shopper: Pick the Right Parenting Style

Dec. 15, 2016 — Children raised by parents who set limits and explain the reason behind these limits are most likely to develop into wise consumers, new research has ... read more

People Willing to Pay More for New Biofuels, Study Finds

Dec. 8, 2016 — When it comes to second generation biofuels, research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional ... read more

When Good People Get Bad Gifts

Dec. 1, 2016 — New research details reasons why some people intentionally give bad ... read more

Nov. 30, 2016 — Respondents to an online survey of 3,000 homeowners in Florida, Texas and California said reducing the price of water-efficient equipment would be the most effective strategy to successfully conserve ... read more

How Stress Affects Saving, Spending Habits

Nov. 14, 2016 — Stress leads consumers to save money in general but spend strategically on products they believe are essential, new research ... read more

High Hospital Profits Hurt Medicine, Expert Argues

Nov. 3, 2016 — Is the medical profession losing the race to attract the best and the brightest? In a series of insightful commentaries, a retired cardiologist explains how high hospital profits are hurting the ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — Which products end up in your shopping basket? If the packaging information also features food traffic light colors (green for healthy, yellow for caution, and red for high fat and sugar content) ... read more

English Shoppers Ditch the Carrier Bag

Oct. 3, 2016 — Around 90% of people in England now take their own bags with them when food shopping as a result of the plastic carrier bag charge, new research has revealed. This has increased from 70% before the ... read more

Why We Prize Authenticity, but Buy Something Else

Sep. 29, 2016 — Being lauded is not the same as being liked. And marketers should take this into account, suggests a new ... read more

Sep. 16, 2016 — Researchers have studied the behavior of watermelon consumers and found that participants were more willing to pay a premium for watermelons labeled as grown on preserved farmland — as opposed to ... read more

The Sharing Economy's Effect on Business

Sep. 13, 2016 — The rising tide of product sharing can indeed lift all economic ships, including those of the product manufacturers, or firms, new research ... read more

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