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May 29, 2017

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May 29, 2017

Models That Forecast Impact of Government Spending Are Easily Manipulated

May 4, 2017 — The most widely used model for predicting how US government spending affects gross domestic product (GDP) can be rigged using theoretical assumptions to control forecasts, economists have ... read more

Paying Online Community Members to Write Product Reviews Backfires Badly

May 1, 2017 — Online user reviews have become an essential tool for consumers who increasingly rely on them to evaluate products and services before purchase. The business models of online review platforms like ... read more

Nudging Consumers Into Making Better Purchases Online

Mar. 13, 2017 — Small changes in the website design of online shops could significantly reduce the risk of incompatible purchases by customers, concludes a recent study. Warning messages appealing to the ... read more

One in 5 Residents Overuses Electricity at Neighbors' Expense

Mar. 6, 2017 — Household electricity use falls by more than 30 percent when residents are obliged to pay for their own personal consumption, shows a new Swedish ... read more

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

Too Stressed to Make Smart Purchases?

Nov. 15, 2016 — For all the wonders of mobile communications, the ability to multitask via phone while shopping in a store may not be a blessing, according to new research. Studies show that shoppers engaged in a ... 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

Fighting the Water Army of Fake Reviewers

Nov. 8, 2016 — Fake reviews do nothing for the confidence of customers buying products and services online, they also damage company reputations and can lead to ill feeling about the online marketplace ... read more

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