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April 29, 2016

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April 29, 2016

Race and Gender May Not Affect Employer Interest in Resumes

Apr. 26, 2016 — In 2004, research found that resumes submitted by people with distinctly sounding African-American names were less likely to get callbacks regarding the job. Now, new research finds no evidence of ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — While environmental issues are often cited as a major factor in cities and towns in pursuing sustainability, a new study shows that economic concerns can be just as important to local governments in ... read more

Stark Medicare Advantage Disparities Present in Puerto Rico

Apr. 25, 2016 — Wide disparities have been found in the quality of care for Medicare Advantage plan holders in Puerto Rico compared to those in the 50 states. The quality gaps exist in the context of the ... read more

Effectiveness of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Explored

Apr. 22, 2016 — A political researcher has authored a report on the effectiveness of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in improving transparency and domestic government in resource rich countries ... read more

Eco-Friendly Store Brands Are a 'Win-Win-Win Situation'

Apr. 20, 2016 — Profits for store brands can increase if companies couple ethical marketing with higher prices, new research indicates. However, the researchers also found that consumers' evaluations of store ... read more

Researchers Find a Fast Road out of Poverty

Apr. 19, 2016 — New research has measured the 'wealth effect' of upgrading the infrastructure in poorer sections of cities. Revamps, such as surfacing roads and joining them to the city grid, dramatically ... read more

Society Deemed Fairer by Individuals Given the Smallest Chance to Improve Their Lot

Apr. 19, 2016 — Researchers look at procedural fairness and find that people are generally more willing to accept unequal outcomes if they have been achieved by what they perceive as fair means, even where the means ... read more

Natural Disasters Since 1900: Over 8 Million Deaths, 7 Trillion US Dollars

Apr. 18, 2016 — More than seven trillion US dollars economic damage and eight million deaths via natural disasters since the start of the 20th century. These figures have been calculated using a database called ... read more

Exposure to Violence During Pregnancy Increases Risk of Prematurity and Low Birthweight

Apr. 18, 2016 — New research focused on evidence from the exposure of day-to-day violence in Brazil by analyzing the birth outcomes of children whose mothers were exposed to local violence, as measured by homicide ... read more

Fewer Romantic Prospects May Lead to Riskier Investments

Apr. 18, 2016 — Encountering information suggesting that it may be tough to find a romantic partner shifts people's decision making toward riskier options, according to new findings from a series of ... read more

Researchers Develop New Model to Predict Outlook for US Economy

Apr. 15, 2016 — A new way to more accurately assess the outlook for the world’s biggest economy has been created by investigators. The new model highlights the interdependence of household, business and government ... read more

Economic Benefits of Dropping Mental Health Stigma

Apr. 14, 2016 — Does reducing stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness provide economic dividends for a region? A new study finds that a California stigma-reduction campaign may encourage more people ... read more

Transparency Is Not a Panacea for the Resource Curse, New Study Finds

Apr. 14, 2016 — Global campaigns such as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) to bring more transparency to the oil and gas sectors in an effort to alleviate the resource curse have yet to live ... read more

Global Spending on Health Is Expected to Increase to $18.28 Trillion Worldwide by 2040

Apr. 14, 2016 — Global inequities in health spending are expected to persist and intensify over the next 25 years, according to a new study that estimates total health financing in countries around the ... read more

Growth in Maternal, Child Health Funding Outpaces Spending on HIV, TB, and Malaria

Apr. 14, 2016 — Funding earmarked for improving maternal and child health in low- and middle-income countries has grown faster since 2010 than funding for HIV, TB, and malaria, according to new ... read more

Global Studies Reveal Health Financing Crisis Facing Developing Countries

Apr. 13, 2016 — Two major studies reveal the health financing crisis facing developing countries as a result of low domestic investment and stagnating international aid, which could leave millions of people without ... read more

Physicians' Knowledge About FDA Approval Standards for 'Breakthrough Therapy'

Apr. 12, 2016 — In a new study, researchers surveyed internists and specialists to examine their knowledge about U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval standards and perceptions of the 'breakthrough ... read more

Our Employment Status Affects Our Morals Around Money

Apr. 12, 2016 — Researchers have analyzed a moral consequence of unemployment that together with the effects it has on people's mental health, could explain why these people become disengaged from the labor ... read more

Buying High in the Stock Market Caused by Overconfidence

Apr. 11, 2016 — Little is known about what causes people to make the investment mistake of buying stocks at a high price. A personal financial planning professor has found that overconfidence in the stock market can ... read more

Smokers May Have a Tougher Time Finding a Job, Earn Less Money

Apr. 11, 2016 — Smoking may cost more than the money smokers spend on cigarettes. A new study suggests unemployed smokers were less likely to get new jobs and when they did they earned an average of $5 less an ... read more

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