blog postsFlash Index down in March as Illinois economy lags behind rest of nationApr 1, 2016 3:15 pm40 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 futureMar 10, 2016 9:00 am1119 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 rateMar 3, 2016 9:00 am65 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 am1842 views A Minute With...™ Mattias Polborn, professor of economics and political sciencePaper: Homeownership a ‘dream deferred’ for millennial generationFeb 8, 2016 10:45 am20294 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 classroomsFeb 4, 2016 1:45 pm1685 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 trendFeb 2, 2016 8:30 am203 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 bothJan 27, 2016 10:15 am3290 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.U. of I. Flash Index: State's economic growth slowed considerably at end of 2015Jan 4, 2016 4:30 pm72 views The U. of I. Flash Index fell to 105.5 in December from its 106.1 level in November. This is not only the lowest reading all year, but the lowest reading since March 2013.Book Corner: A look at how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program affects health and well-beingDec 17, 2015 9:00 am455 views A new book looks at aspects of how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program affects health and well-being. “SNAP Matters” includes a chapter on obesity by University of Illinois economist Craig Gundersen, one of the book’s editors.How long could Illinois' budget impasse last?Dec 10, 2015 10:30 am751 views A Minute With...™ Christopher Z. Mooney, Director of the Institute of Government and Public AffairsFlash Index reverses 3-month trend, climbs in NovemberDec 3, 2015 9:00 am99 views The U. of I. Flash Index reversed a three-month trend in November and climbed to 106.1. The index measures economic activity in Illinois and shows that the state continues to slowly recover from the Great Recession, which technically ended more than six years ago.Scarcity, not abundance, enhances consumer creativity, study saysNov 16, 2015 9:45 am1027 views Resource scarcity translates into enhanced consumer creativity, according to new research co-written by business professor Ravi Mehta.Paper: Prior union experience correlates with voting for pro-labor issuesNov 16, 2015 9:00 am503 views Research from U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare found that a legislator’s past experience with labor unions is associated with an increase in voting for union-supported issues.New book explores global reach of British royal family brandNov 4, 2015 9:00 am630 views Cele Otnes, Investors in Business Education Professor in the College of Business at Illinois, is the co-author of the recently published book “Royal Fever: The British Monarchy in Consumer Culture.”Paper: Civic participation can bridge social-class segregationOct 5, 2015 11:00 am1339 views Research from U. of I. labor professor Richard Benton says there’s a strong correlation between civic participation and improving the prestige of one’s social network.Paper: Education, infrastructure key public investments for job growthSep 28, 2015 9:00 am573 views Government spending on infrastructure and public education supports employment, says research co-written by Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations on the Urbana campus.Why food insecurity still hasn't decreased in the U.S.Sep 24, 2015 8:45 am432 views A Minute With...™ U. of I. agricultural economist Craig GundersenFlash Index relatively steady despite volatility in stocks, state budget battleSep 1, 2015 10:45 am8 views The U of I Flash Index remained steady in August despite volatility in the national and international stock markets. The index fell slightly to 106.5 in August from its 106.6 level in July. The index has remained in a narrow range for more than two years, reflecting steady but unspectacular growth.When are you likely to feel the effects of the budgetary stalemate in Springfield?Jul 22, 2015 9:00 am337 views A Minute With...™ Christopher Z. Mooney, director of the Institute of Government and Public AffairsU. of I. finance professor Jeffrey R. Brown named dean of College of BusinessJun 30, 2015 9:15 am708 views Jeffrey R. Brown, the William G. Karnes Professor of Finance, has been named the 10th dean of the College of Business, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees.Unionizing Younger WorkersJun 8, 2015 11:00 am92 views A Minute With™...U. of I. labor expert Robert BrunoWhat's next for pension reform in Illinois?May 21, 2015 12:15 pm874 views A Minute With™...John D. Colombo, pension reform expertStudy: For a competitive edge, keep an eye on your competition's ex-employeesMay 11, 2015 9:00 am119 views Companies often overlook the value of the comings and goings of their competitors’ ex-employees, says new research co-written by business administration professor Deepak Somaya.Online MBA degree coming to U. of I.'s College of BusinessMay 5, 2015 9:15 am449 views The new online MBA degree will democratize access to the coveted graduate degree, said Larry DeBrock, the Josef and Margot Lakonishok Endowed Dean of the College of Business.Paper: 'Considerable scope' for improvement in agricultural pollutionApr 21, 2015 9:00 am112 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - During the industrial era, financial indicators were a company's primary measuring stick. But as the concept of sustainable development has gained relevance, a fundamental change in the assumptions underlying how businesses are measured has also started to take hold.Economists: Pros, cons to raising the gas tax in IllinoisApr 20, 2015 9:00 am1950 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After the precipitous drop in crude oil prices over the past nine months, some policymakers in Illinois have advocated raising the state's excise tax on gasoline, which has remained unchanged at 19 cents per gallon since 1990.Paper: Absence of copyright has its own economic value, social benefitsApr 13, 2015 9:00 am90 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study co-written by a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law demonstrates that the value of creative works in the public domain such as books, images and music can be estimated at least as precisely as the value of commercially available copyrighted works.Public employee pensions continue to lose out to gambling giveaways, expert saysMar 24, 2015 9:00 am56 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A legacy of giveaways to gambling interests continues to haunt the pension system in Illinois, a leading national gambling critic and University of Illinois expert warns.Study: Economic benefits of medical innovation undervaluedMar 19, 2015 9:00 am182 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new analysis co-written by a University of Illinois expert in health care economics concludes that increases in the pace of medical innovation reduce overall physical risks to health, and thus function in a manner similar to an expansion of or improvement in the efficiency of health insurance markets.Structural reform litigation an effective tool for curbing police misconductMar 18, 2015 9:00 am88 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 has served as the basis for the reform of many police departments in cities across the country, including Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. And in what's now seen as an increasingly likely next step, Ferguson, Missouri, will undergo its own Department of Justice-administered police reforms.Paper: Development aid can exacerbate violence in war-torn countriesMar 5, 2015 9:00 am88 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Although development aid is commonly seen as an important tool in the quest to reduce poverty in conflict-riven countries, new research co-written by a University of Illinois expert in development economics concludes that large-scale foreign aid programs can backfire and actually exacerbate violence in some long-running conflicts.New book explores Great Recession's impact on higher educationFeb 20, 2015 9:00 am55 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - No sector of the economy was left unscathed in the aftermath of the Great Recession, which officially lasted from December 2007 to June 2009 but whose aftereffects continue to linger today.The child care dilemma for working familiesFeb 19, 2015 9:00 am75 views With dual-earner families increasingly becoming the norm, President Obama trumpeted the importance of "universal child care" in his State of the Union address - a pivot from previous years, when he advocated for universal pre-kindergarten.Changes in work, family demands affect body mass index of dual-income earnersFeb 18, 2015 9:00 am61 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A study co-written by a University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor shows that clocking extra hours at the office while juggling family demands takes a toll on the body mass index of individuals in dual-earner families.Tax changes loom for state of Illinois ahead of budget address, expert saysFeb 17, 2015 9:00 am75 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As Gov. Bruce Rauner readies his first budget address, expect him to propose changes that could have major consequences for certain demographics, a University of Illinois expert on taxation issues says.U. of I. Flash Index starts off strong in 2015Feb 5, 2015 9:00 am5 views The U. of I. Flash Index rose to 106.8 in January from its 106.5 level in December. The Illinois economy continues to improve as we enter 2015. This month builds on almost three years of slow and steady growth in which the index remained well above 100, the dividing line between growth and decline.Is the underfunding of higher ed pricing students out?Jan 29, 2015 9:00 am52 views Walter W. McMahon, a professor emeritus of economics and of educational organization and leadership at the University of Illinois, is the author of "Higher Learning, Greater Good: The Private & Social Benefits of Higher Education." An expert on the economics of education, McMahon spoke with News Bureau business and law editor Phil Ciciora about higher education funding in Illinois.Research: Medical malpractice reform does little to contain health care costsJan 27, 2015 9:00 am458 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Two papers co-authored by a University of Illinois expert in the regulation and financing of health care conclude that tort reform has had relatively little impact on the U.S. health care system.Expert: Pervasive 'credential creep' bad for health care practitioners, consumersJan 27, 2015 9:00 am203 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The outcome of a case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court last fall could potentially slow the trend of the ever-increasing number of occupations subject to state licensing, says a University of Illinois expert in the regulation and financing of health care.Research: Tablet computers good medium for educational materialsJan 21, 2015 9:00 am882 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Despite being more commonly thought of as a device designed for the passive consumption of content, touch-screen tablet computers can support the learning process when used in an educational setting - and not just as a mere e-reader or laptop replacement, according to new research from a team of University of Illinois experts in business and e-learning.Research: 'Organizational forgetting' erodes quality gains in supply chainsJan 20, 2015 9:00 am36 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Just like physical assets, a company's organizational knowledge can depreciate over time. According to a paper co-authored by a University of Illinois expert in supply chain management, "organizational depreciation" can mute the effects of a company's quality performance initiatives, suggesting that mitigating those effects is essential to sustaining and enhancing quality performance in supply chains.The economic effects of falling crude oil pricesDec 12, 2014 9:30 am31 views A Minute With™... Don Fullerton, expert on finance and energy policyWill newly required calorie info on menus affect your choices?Dec 11, 2014 9:00 am11 views A Minute With™... Brenna Ellison, a professor of agricultural and consumer economicsU. of I. Flash Index shows steady economic growthDec 4, 2014 9:00 am13 views The U. of I. Flash Index rose slightly to 106.6 in November from its 106.5 level in October. The index has remained in the 106-107 range since February.Will you go shopping on Thanksgiving Day? Will you have to work?Nov 20, 2014 9:00 am7 views A Minute With™... Robert Bruno is a professor of labor and employment relationsStudy: Climate change beliefs more influenced by long-term temperature fluctuationsOct 30, 2014 9:00 am205 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In spite of the broad scientific consensus about its existence, global warming remains a contentious public policy issue. Yet it's also an issue that requires a public consensus to support policies that might curb or counteract it.Noncompete agreements for low wage workers? Is that legal?Oct 30, 2014 9:00 am33 views A Minute With™... Evan P. Starr is professor of labor and employment relations and of economicsPaper: Resource misallocation contributed to prolonged economic slump in PortugalOct 27, 2014 9:00 am36 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new paper co-authored by a pair of University of Illinois economists says increasing resource misallocation in Portugal contributed to at least 15 years of sluggish economic growth - a conclusion that also could explain the poor economic performance of similar peripheral European Union countries in the lead-up to the eurozone crisis of 2009.Less-numerate investors swayed by style, presentation effects of corporate responsibility reportsOct 20, 2014 9:00 am42 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Publicly traded corporations are increasingly publishing social responsibility reports for investors, who now consider such information alongside traditional financial data before investing in a company.