blog posts Scientists: Expanding Brazilian sugarcane could dent global CO2 emissions Oct 23, 2017 9:45 am3502 views Vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5.6 percent, researchers report in the journal Nature Climate Change. To kick-start creativity, offer money, not plaudits, study finds Oct 4, 2017 10:15 am910 views The best way to reward creativity is not with social-recognition awards such as plaques or other plaudits. According to published research co-written by Ravi Mehta, a professor of business administration at Illinois, it’s all about the money. Paper: Don’t rely on mixed messages to change health behaviors Sep 27, 2017 9:00 am625 views Self-improvement messages to lose weight, quit smoking or eat more fruits and vegetables can fall on deaf ears if the intervention message is mixed, says new research from U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin. Paper: Even after debunking, misinformation and ‘fake news’ persist Sep 20, 2017 8:45 am1471 views Even in the face of evidence to the contrary, the effects of misinformation persist and can’t be wholly erased, says a new paper co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin. Is our flood insurance model broken? Sep 8, 2017 8:30 am1025 views Craig Lemoine, the director of the Financial Planning Program at the College of ACES, discusses the flood insurance market in light of Hurricane Harvey losses. Paper: Decision to claim Social Security benefits influenced by ‘framing’ Sep 6, 2017 8:00 am975 views Retirees are more likely to delay claiming Social Security benefits by as many as 15 months due to how the decision is “framed” to them, says a new paper co-written by Jeffrey R. Brown, the Josef and Margot Lakonishok Professor of Business and dean of the College of Business at Illinois. Should states be in the lottery business? Sep 5, 2017 1:00 pm647 views A major downside to record-breaking lottery jackpots is that money flows from poorer communities into the hands of one incredibly lucky person, said Craig Lemoine, the director of the Financial Planning Program at the College of ACES. How do employers combat a resurgent white supremacy movement? Aug 15, 2017 9:30 am1605 views Labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy discusses his research about confronting a resurgent white supremacy movement. States find rewards from high-tech investments, given time and patience Jul 31, 2017 10:15 am376 views State investments in high-tech development generally pay off, given time, patience and modest expections, according to a University of Illinois study. Political ideology and social norms can play a role in donation decisions, study says Jul 20, 2017 9:15 am1097 views New research from U. of I. business professor and branding expert Carlos J. Torelli provides a more nuanced understanding of the role of political ideology and social norms on donation decisions. Research suggests sexual appeals in ads don’t sell brands, products Jun 22, 2017 10:30 am40407 views Sexy ads stick in the memory more but don’t sell the brand or product, according to research that analyzed nearly 80 advertising studies published over three decades. Fracturing social networks among business elites empower shareholder activism Jun 12, 2017 10:30 am460 views Activist investors have become increasingly successful in agitating for change in publicly held companies, and there’s little that business elites can do to rebuff their influence, says research from U. of I. labor professor Richard Benton. Increased number of female engineers in managerial roles brings unintended consequences Jun 5, 2017 12:45 pm2346 views Increased female representation in the managerial ranks of engineering organizations may add another layer of sex segregation on top of the one it’s intended to mitigate, says a new paper from U. of I. labor professor M. Teresa Cardador. Paper: State of Illinois’ middle class shrinking May 22, 2017 9:30 am1040 views The state of Illinois’ sizable middle class has experienced a consistent but multifaceted squeeze since roughly 1980, according to Robert Habans, a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois. Study: Consumers see much greater risk than reward in online ads May 18, 2017 12:00 pm700 views The risks far outweigh the benefits for most consumers in their response to personalized online ads, and they may avoid them as a result, suggests a University of Illinois study. Would a laptop and tablet ban enhance air travel security? May 17, 2017 9:30 am970 views Computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the proposed Department of Homeland Security ban of laptop and tablet computers in the passenger cabins of certain flights. New book gives voice to people who grew up in poverty in India May 10, 2017 8:45 am606 views A new book co-written by a University of Illinois professor who studies subsistence marketplaces chronicles the daily struggles of 13 ordinary people living in India who grew up in poverty. Paper: Nutrition label readers favor food quality over quantity Apr 18, 2017 8:45 am1458 views Although nutrition-label users eat roughly the same amount of food as less-discerning diners, the two groups diverge when it comes to the quality of the food they eat, says a new paper co-written by Brenna Ellison, a professor of agriculture and consumer economics at Illinois and an expert in consumer food preferences and behaviors. Paper: Experienced auditors better at fraud detection after a simple cue Apr 4, 2017 8:00 am698 views A simple cue can trigger a marked increase in fraud detection among veteran auditors, says a new study co-written by business professors Jessen L. Hobson and Mark Peecher. Online master’s degree in accountancy coming to U. of I.’s College of Business Mar 29, 2017 8:45 am1747 views The new iMSA degree will be for working professionals who want access to quality education from a top-three accounting program with unmatched ties to the accounting field, as well as students new to the accounting profession, said W. Brooke Elliott, the EY Distinguished Professor in Accounting at Illinois. Study: Medicare prescription drug benefit reduced elderly mortality by more than 2 percent Mar 9, 2017 8:45 am975 views The implementation of Medicare’s prescription drug benefit program has reduced elderly mortality by 2.2 percent annually since 2006, says a new study by Julian Reif, a professor of finance and of economics at Illinois. New online master’s degree in strategic brand communication to prepare future brand leaders Jan 5, 2017 9:00 am3609 views The online master’s degree in strategic brand communication, a unique joint program between the College of Business and College of Media, aims to prepare the strategic leaders of tomorrow in an ever-changing global digital-media environment. ‘Cultural distinctiveness’ can influence consumer preferences for certain products, study says Dec 15, 2016 9:15 am1525 views The concept of “cultural distinctiveness” prompts consumers to fulfill a need to connect with home by favoring brands or products associated with a related cultural group, says U. of I. business professor and branding expert Carlos J. Torelli. Paper: Credit status not a good predictor of worker productivity Dec 15, 2016 9:15 am275 views Credit screening as a condition of employment is a flawed practice that can result in discrimination against low-income and minority applicants, says research from Andrew Weaver, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois. New book explores forces behind Chicago Teachers Union strike of 2012 Dec 14, 2016 8:45 am865 views A new book co-written by University of Illinois labor professors Steven K. Ashby and Robert Bruno chronicles the seven-day strike by the Chicago Teachers Union in 2012. ‘Cadillac tax’ may precipitate wholesale changes to employer-provided health care insurance Dec 12, 2016 9:00 am1255 views Even if the Affordable Care Act is ultimately repealed, the law’s so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health care plans has already affected employers’ health insurance offerings, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois. TSA could save money by waiving PreCheck fees for frequent travelers, study finds Dec 5, 2016 8:45 am10037 views There could be an easy way to reduce lines at the airport, increase security, and save the Transportation Security Administration money, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers: waive the $85 fee for frequent fliers to enroll in the TSA PreCheck program, which allows pre-screened, verified travelers to go through expedited security at airports. Paper: Corporate board ‘interlocks’ lead to managerial entrenchment Dec 1, 2016 9:15 am593 views The Rolodexes of the business elite help account for the surprising resilience of managerial control of publicly held corporations, leading to an entrenched management structure that comes at the expense of shareholder value, says research from U. of I. labor professor Richard Benton. ‘Nudges’ an inexpensive, effective way to increase completion of health promotion programs Dec 1, 2016 9:15 am451 views Keeping your message brief and simple – on the level of a gentle reminder, as opposed to constant nagging – can produce gains when trying to increase engagement with health care programs, says new research from U. of I. professor and social psychology expert Dolores Albarracin. What’s in a name? For young Chinese consumers and foreign brands, it’s about culture mixing Oct 3, 2016 9:15 am1424 views Younger, more cosmopolitan Chinese consumers tend to favor brand translations that keep both the sound and the meaning of the original name, says U. of I. business professor and branding expert Carlos J. Torelli. ‘Sleeper effect’ accounts for durability of weak messages from credible sources Sep 13, 2016 8:45 am2049 views The least convincing arguments can reverberate in the public consciousness over time – provided they’re delivered by a credible source, says new research from U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin. Expert: Abolish partisan elections for Illinois judges Aug 22, 2016 9:30 am944 views With popularly elected judges, political influence pervades and taints Illinois courts, said U. of I. legal expert Michael LeRoy. For sensation-seekers, the color red can elicit rebelliousness, study finds Aug 17, 2016 8:45 am464 views The widespread use of the color red to signal danger can actually be counterproductive for certain people, says research co-written by Ravi Mehta, a professor of business administration at Illinois. Skills gap for U.S. manufacturing workers mostly a myth, paper says Aug 15, 2016 10:15 am3596 views Despite the outcry from employers over the dearth of job-ready workers, three-quarters of U.S. manufacturing plants show no sign of hiring difficulties for job vacancies, says new research from Andrew Weaver, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois. Paper: Strategic trade-offs in automobile design affect market-share value Aug 3, 2016 8:45 am1885 views Car companies can either “design for satisfaction” by investing in function and ergonomics or “design for delight” by investing in form, says new research from Raj Echambadi, a professor of business administration at Illinois. New book explores lessons learned from the ‘bottom up’ in subsistence marketplaces Jul 28, 2016 9:15 am838 views A new book by Madhu Viswanathan, the Diane and Steven N. Miller Professor in Business at Illinois, explores the author’s personal journey as a scholar studying people living in poverty as well as how the impoverished function in the marketplace as consumers and entrepreneurs. Would a universal basic income in the U.S. reduce inequality? Jun 22, 2016 1:00 pm1059 views A Minute With...™ labor expert Robert Bruno Human trials of cancer drug PAC-1 continue with new investment May 24, 2016 1:45 pm3842 views Clinical trials of the anti-cancer agent PAC-1 are continuing to expand, thanks to a $7 million angel investment from an anonymous contributor who originally invested $4 million to help get the compound this far in the drug-approval pipeline. Paper: Young workers hit hardest by slow hiring during recessions May 16, 2016 10:00 am683 views When hiring slows during recessions, the brunt of job losses is borne by job-seekers in their twenties and early thirties, according to a new paper by Eliza Forsythe, a professor of labor and employment relations and of economics at Illinois. Will regulating e-cigarettes be good for public health? May 10, 2016 11:15 am314 views A Minute With…™ Julian Reif, expert in health care economics ‘Mobilization fatigue’ leads to diminishing returns for labor-backed voter turnout drives Apr 18, 2016 9:00 am512 views Repeated voter contact across multiple election cycles can eventually lead to “mobilization fatigue,” says new research from U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare. U of I Flash Index drops to lowest level since December 2012 Apr 13, 2016 1:45 pm101 views The University of Illinois Flash Index, which tracks economic activity in the state, fell for the second consecutive month in April, dropping to its lowest level since December 2012. Flash Index down in March as Illinois economy lags behind rest of nation Apr 1, 2016 3:15 pm54 views The U. of I. Flash Index declined in March to 105.1 from its 105.6 level in February. Spending on public higher education overlooks net benefits as investment in state’s future Mar 10, 2016 9:00 am1336 views Thinking of higher education funding as an investment that lowers costs – and not as mere consumption spending – could reframe the debate in Springfield, according to research from Walter W. McMahon, an emeritus professor of economics and of educational organization and leadership at the University of Illinois. U. of I. Flash Index moves up in February as Illinois economy continues modest growth rate Mar 3, 2016 9:00 am71 views Illinois’ economy continues to grow at a modest rate despite a slight uptick in the unemployment rate, according to the University of Illinois Flash Index. Why not have one national primary election for presidential nominees? Feb 16, 2016 10:45 am3756 views A Minute With...™ Mattias Polborn, professor of economics and political science Paper: Homeownership a ‘dream deferred’ for millennial generation Feb 8, 2016 10:45 am20489 views Millennials face significant hurdles in their quest for homeownership, said Yilan Xu, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois and co-author of a new paper examining homeownership trends among those born between 1980-2000. Beyond the big ads: teaching kids ad literacy and nutrition in grade school classrooms Feb 4, 2016 1:45 pm3370 views The Super Bowl will feature car ads, beer ads, food ads – but probably none for carrots. Most food ads, game time or anytime, are pitching less-healthy fare. Kids are often the target. Do they understand what an ad is? Who made it and why? Advertising professor Michelle Nelson worked with an Illinois school district to develop an advertising literacy curriculum that also promotes healthy eating. Illinois' economic slowdown is consistent with national trend Feb 2, 2016 8:30 am212 views The U. of I. Flash Index fell again in January to 105.3 from its 105.5 level in December. As was the case last month, this is the lowest reading since March 2013 (104.7). This is consistent with data indicating a national economic slowdown. Good boss? Bad boss? Study says workers leave both Jan 27, 2016 10:15 am3408 views Workers leave both good bosses and bad bosses, a finding that companies can use to their strategic advantage, according to research from Ravi S. Gajendran, a professor of business administration at Illinois.