blog postsLabor expert: Hospitals at risk of no-show health care workers during Ebola outbreakOct 14, 2014 9:00 am26 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Hospitals and other health care agencies are at risk of doctors, nurses, janitors and other essential workers walking off the job during an infectious disease outbreak, says a University of Illinois expert in labor relations.Illinois professors find that ethnicity doesn't appear to affect annexation decisions like race doesSep 30, 2014 9:00 am34 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the American South, race has been shown in numerous studies to play a role in municipal annexation decisions: predominantly white municipalities were less likely to extend the city limits to include adjacent areas with a higher percentage of African-American residents, according to prior studies. But how are annexation decisions made in the Midwest, where an increase in immigration has resulted in an uptick in the Hispanic population? That's the question two University of Illinois researchers set out to answer.Expert: Academic journals should adopt nonprofit publishing modelSep 29, 2014 10:00 am80 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Shifting the publication of academic journals away from a private, for-profit model could save universities big bucks in the long term while also keeping the marketplace of ideas fully stocked, says a University of Illinois economist.Benefits of telecommuting greater for some workers, study findsSep 18, 2014 9:00 am781 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Even in a hyperconnected world where laptops, phones, tablets and now even wristwatches are tethered to the Internet 24/7, employers are still wary about the performance and social costs imposed by employees who work remotely.Why legalizing gambling on professional sports is a bad ideaSep 11, 2014 9:00 am26 views A Minute With™... John Kindt, a professor emeritus of business and legal policyFlash Index dips slightly; unemployment below 7 percentSep 4, 2014 9:00 am0 views The U. of I. Flash Index fell slightly in August to 106.0 from its 106.2 level in July. The index has fluctuated in this narrow range (106.0 to 106.2) for the past four months.Workers in collective bargaining states subsidize low-wage earners in right-to-work statesAug 28, 2014 9:00 am196 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - States with right-to-work laws "free ride" on the higher tax revenues generated by workers in collective bargaining states, says a new study from a University of Illinois labor expert.The complicated equations that underlie tax inversionsAug 28, 2014 9:00 am21 views A Minute With™... Business professor Elizabeth Chorvat Paper: To deter cyberattacks, build a public-private partnershipAug 25, 2014 9:00 am717 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Cyberattacks loom as an increasingly dire threat to privacy, national security and the global economy, and the best way to blunt their impact may be a public-private partnership between government and business, researchers say. But the time to act is now, rather than in the wake of a crisis, says a University of Illinois expert in law and technology.Research: Tax benefits for housing not as outsized as previously thoughtAug 20, 2014 11:15 am35 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — New research co-written by a University of Illinois expert in urban economics indicates that tax benefits for housing, including the ever-popular mortgage interest deduction and the property tax deduction, are not as distortionary as previous research and some prominent critics suggest.Patent examiners more likely to approve marginal inventions when pressed for timeAug 13, 2014 9:00 am41 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Haste makes waste, as the old saying goes. And according to research from a University of Illinois expert in patent law, the same adage could be applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where high-ranking examiners have a tendency to rubber-stamp patents of questionable merit due to time constraints.How much, and when, should NCAA athletes be paid for commercial use of their image?Aug 13, 2014 9:00 am19 views A Minute With™... labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoyFlash Index: Economy reboundingAug 7, 2014 9:00 am5 views The U. of I. Flash Index rose slightly in July to 106.2 from its 106.0 level in June. The index has remained in the 106.0 to 106.2 range for the past four months, indicating the Illinois economy continues to grow since the rate has stayed above 100, the dividing line between growth and decline.Expert: Give ex-players a slight edge in O'Bannon caseJul 29, 2014 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As the collegiate sports world awaits a federal judge's ruling in O'Bannon v. NCAA, the sport's governing body ought to be prepared to lose, as trial courts in the 9th Circuit are more "player-friendly" than trial courts in all other circuits, according to a statistical analysis from a University of Illinois expert in labor relations and collective bargaining in athletics.'Big picture' thinking doesn't always lead people to indulge less, study saysJul 23, 2014 9:00 am57 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Buy the latest electronic gizmo du jour, or use that money to fix a leaky roof? Go out with friends, or stay home to catch-up on work to meet that looming deadline? And after you've finished that big project, do you treat yourself to a slice of chocolate cake or settle for a piece of fruit?Research: Business should embrace 'boomerang employees'Jul 14, 2014 11:15 am81 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers may have riveted the sports world and social media, but the phenomenon of "going home," whether to a geographic location or a former job, is not unique to professional athletes.Study: NCAA eventually prevails in most student-athlete lawsuitsJul 7, 2014 9:00 am66 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When student-athletes sue the NCAA, they win the initial round of litigation almost half of the time. But according to a new study from a University of Illinois expert in labor relations and collective bargaining in athletics, the NCAA eventually wins more than 70 percent of the time on appeal - a finding that could pressure both groups to adopt a new model for amateur athletics that more closely aligns itself with the employment relationship.Fritz Drasgow named dean of U. of I. School of Labor and Employment RelationsJun 17, 2014 9:00 am86 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fritz Drasgow has been named the dean of the university's School of Labor and Employment Relations, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees.U. of I. Flash Index up in MayJun 5, 2014 9:00 am3 views The U. of I. Flash Index rose slightly in May to 106.2 from its 106.0 level in April, reversing three months of decline. The index reached its post-recession peak in January, and then declined slightly each month until May. Throughout 2014, the index has stayed above 100, the dividing line between economic growth and contraction.Study: Hurricanes with female names more deadly than male-named stormsJun 2, 2014 9:00 am836 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the coming Atlantic hurricane season, watch out for hurricanes with benign-sounding names like Dolly, Fay or Hanna. According to a new article from a team of researchers at the University of Illinois, hurricanes with feminine names are likely to cause significantly more deaths than hurricanes with masculine names, apparently because storms with feminine names are perceived as less threatening.Paper: Police reform law underenforced by Department of JusticeMay 29, 2014 9:00 am129 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A law designed to combat police misconduct is hamstrung by limited resources, a lack of transparency and "political spillover" at the U.S. Department of Justice, says a recently published empirical study by Stephen Rushin, a law professor at the University of Illinois and expert in criminal law and policing.Expert: Supreme Court decisions on patent cases a rebuke to 'baseless lawsuits'May 15, 2014 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The U.S. Supreme Court recently handed down two decisions on patents, both of which were watched closely by technology companies because of their potential impact on nonpracticing entities, otherwise known - and pejoratively referred to - as "patent trolls." But according to a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law, there's nothing inherently wrong with individuals and organizations that don't make things trying to enforce their rights as patent holders.Intellectual property expert on pending Supreme Court casesMay 15, 2014 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Four cases before the U.S. Supreme Court focus on issues involving intellectual property, the specialty of University of Illinois law professor Paul Heald, who offers his take on each case:John D. Colombo named interim dean of U. of I. College of LawMay 1, 2014 9:00 am56 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - John D. Colombo, the Albert E. Jenner Jr. Professor, has been named interim dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its May 14 board meeting in Springfield.Income inequality partially driven by tax laws, University of Illinois expert saysApr 29, 2014 9:00 am31 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Income inequality is partly a self-inflicted problem, and elected officials have used the law to exacerbate the problem, a University of Illinois expert on taxation issues says.Expert: Next 15 years is 'crunch time' for climate changeApr 22, 2014 9:00 am32 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Time is running out to employ a mitigation strategy that would avert severe global damage from climate change, a University of Illinois energy policy expert says.Capital gains tax 'locks in' investors, increases likelihood of opposition to fund managementApr 21, 2014 9:00 am28 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As mutual funds continue to gobble up a larger portion of equities, the influence they exert over corporate governance has likewise increased.Labor relations expert: The NCAA prefers labor strife to an antitrust lawsuitApr 7, 2014 9:00 am43 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A labor dispute serves the NCAA's interests better than an antitrust lawsuit, which could potentially cost the governing body for college athletes millions of dollars in monetary damages, says a University of Illinois expert in labor relations and collective bargaining in athletics.What role should government play in regulating payday loans?Apr 1, 2014 9:00 am28 views A Minute With™...Swing voters hold more sway over candidates on economic issuesMar 19, 2014 9:00 am57 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - New research from two University of Illinois economics professors who study election trends analyzes how polarization on social issues affects competing candidates' economic platforms.Paper: Raise state minimum wage to stimulate Illinois economyMar 19, 2014 9:00 am129 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Raising the minimum wage in Illinois to $10 per hour would reduce income inequality, increase consumer demand and grow the state economy, according to a new study from a University of Illinois labor expert.Flash Index dips slightly in FebruaryMar 6, 2014 9:00 am5 views The U. of I. Flash Index fell in February to 106.8 from its 107.2 level in January. The index has remained in a narrow range from 106.5 to 107.2 since July of last year, demonstrating how slow the recovery from the recession has been in Illinois.Expert: Proposed change to discovery rules a potential 'game-changer'Mar 3, 2014 9:00 am45 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A seemingly innocuous proposal that would allow litigants to withhold evidence during the pre-trial phase of a lawsuit could make it easier for large corporations to conceal information in lawsuits, according to a University of Illinois expert in civil procedure.New e-book explores intersection of poverty and the marketplaceFeb 27, 2014 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A little more than a third of the world's population lives on less per day than the amount of money most Americans spend on their morning cup of coffee. That fact alone should make understanding and alleviating poverty crucial to the development of sustainable marketplaces, a University of Illinois business professor says in a recently published e-book.Biomass industry needs to prepare for water constraintsFeb 27, 2014 9:00 am36 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The viability of the bioenergy crops industry could be strengthened by regulatory efforts to address nonpoint source pollution from agricultural sources. That, in turn, means that the industry should be strategic in developing metrics that measure the ability to enact positive changes in agricultural landscapes, particularly through second-generation perennial crops, according to a paper by a University of Illinois expert in bioenergy law.College football players' union petition puts NCAA in tough spotFeb 24, 2014 9:00 am6 views A Minute With™... employment and labor relations professor Michael LeRoyPerception of job insecurity results in lower use of workplace programsFeb 17, 2014 9:00 am381 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With the hangover from the Great Recession still lingering, the specter of job loss continues to loom for most workers.Federal budget deal offers some welcome stability for researchFeb 3, 2014 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... Peter Schiffer, a professor of physics and the vice chancellor for researchCultural sensitivity necessary for global business leaders, scholar saysJan 21, 2014 9:00 am561 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Global business leaders must adapt their behavior to the country in which they are doing business or risk being perceived as ineffective and unable to handle complexity, change and ambiguity, says a paper co-written by a University of Illinois business professor.Research: 'Sourcing hub' could help create more efficient supply chainJan 15, 2014 9:00 am213 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Firms can manage their sourcing better by developing relationships not only with their suppliers but also with their suppliers' suppliers, according to two papers co-written by a University of Illinois expert in supply chain management.Repealing prevailing wage law would weaken state economy, study saysJan 2, 2014 9:00 am106 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Mounting state budget deficits as well as debt from underfunded pensions have prompted calls for the repeal of Illinois' prevailing wage provisions for publicly financed construction projects in order to save taxpayer money.Illinois' pension reform plan: Will it work?Dec 19, 2013 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... finance professor Jeffrey R. BrownResearch: Materialism makes bad events even worseNov 25, 2013 9:00 am613 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In addition to its already well-documented negative direct effects on a person's well-being, materialism also wields an indirect negative effect by making bad events even worse, according to a paper co-written by a University of Illinois expert in consumption values.Should the minimum wage be raised to $9 per hour (or more)?Nov 25, 2013 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relationsResearch: Explosion of lawsuits brought by 'patent trolls' erroneousNov 18, 2013 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The number of lawsuits generated by so-called "patent trolls" is wildly exaggerated, and is mostly the byproduct of a slight change to a federal law, says a new paper co-written by a University of Illinois expert in technology and legal issues.Better police surveillance technologies come with a cost, scholar saysNov 11, 2013 9:00 am270 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The ever-increasing adoption of digital surveillance technologies by local police departments may dramatically improve the efficiency of criminal investigations, but it also creates the opportunity for abuse and misuse, a University of Illinois expert in criminal law and information privacy says.Scholar: Empower Congress to bolster separation of powersOct 30, 2013 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Although it may not receive high marks these days as a public body, Congress should actually be empowered so it can uphold the constitutional checks and balances that help to curb overreach by the other two branches of government, a University of Illinois expert in administrative law says in a newly published paper.Possible effects from the early reduction in food stamp benefitsOct 28, 2013 9:00 am6 views A Minute With™... UI economist Craig GundersenRetirement expert: Financial planning important for non-retirees, tooOct 21, 2013 9:00 am21 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As older workers increasingly contemplate delaying retirement or putting it off entirely, they should also consider the financial-planning options available in Social Security, Medicare and employment-based retirement plans such as IRAs and 401(k) accounts, says a University of Illinois expert on taxation and retirement benefits.Study: Renewable fuel standard needs to be modified, not repealedOct 14, 2013 9:00 am41 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Congress should minimally modify - and not, as petroleum-related interests have increasingly lobbied for, repeal - the Renewable Fuel Standard, the most comprehensive renewable energy policy in the U.S., according to a new paper from two University of Illinois researchers.