blog postsResearch suggests sexual appeals in ads don’t sell brands, productsJun 22, 2017 10:30 am35183 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.Paper: Homeownership a ‘dream deferred’ for millennial generationFeb 8, 2016 10:45 am20303 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.Laws about pregnant women and substance abuse questionedNov 8, 2005 9:00 am4513 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In Wisconsin, an expectant woman can be taken into custody if police believe her abuse of alcohol may harm her unborn child. In South Dakota, pregnant alcohol and drug users can be committed to treatment centers for up to nine months.Human trials of cancer drug PAC-1 continue with new investmentMay 24, 2016 1:45 pm3459 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.U. of I. scholars collecting, analyzing constitutions from around worldFeb 12, 2007 9:00 am3421 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Thomas Jefferson believed that a country's constitution should be rewritten every 19 years. Instead, the U.S. Constitution, which Jefferson did not help to write (he was in Paris serving as U.S. minister to France when the Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia), has prevailed since 1789.Skills gap for U.S. manufacturing workers mostly a myth, paper saysAug 15, 2016 10:15 am3421 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.Good boss? Bad boss? Study says workers leave bothJan 27, 2016 10:15 am3321 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.New online master’s degree in strategic brand communication to prepare future brand leadersJan 5, 2017 9:00 am3039 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.Research: Poor math skills affect legal decision-makingApr 3, 2013 9:00 am2760 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The stereotype of lawyers being bad with numbers may persist, but new research by two University of Illinois legal scholars suggests that law students are surprisingly good at math, although those with low levels of numeracy analyze some legal questions differently.Airline overbooking policy well known and so, too, should be its creatorAug 3, 2009 9:00 am2264 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Thirty years ago, U.S. airlines stopped arbitrarily grounding passengers on overbooked flights, instead offering rewards if travelers give up seats to make room for hurried fliers who need to touch down on time.Increased number of female engineers in managerial roles brings unintended consequencesJun 5, 2017 12:45 pm2070 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.Economists: Pros, cons to raising the gas tax in IllinoisApr 20, 2015 9:00 am2020 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.Why not have one national primary election for presidential nominees?Feb 16, 2016 10:45 am1896 views A Minute With...™ Mattias Polborn, professor of economics and political scienceBeyond the big ads: teaching kids ad literacy and nutrition in grade school classroomsFeb 4, 2016 1:45 pm1825 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. Scientists: Expanding Brazilian sugarcane could dent global CO2 emissionsOct 23, 2017 9:45 am1657 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.Online master’s degree in accountancy coming to U. of I.’s College of BusinessMar 29, 2017 8:45 am1442 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.Parental liability laws misguided and simplistic, legal scholar saysDec 12, 2005 9:00 am1442 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Durwood Pickle was shocked to find that the Recording Industry Association of America had sued him because his grandchildren had used his computer to illegally download music during visits to his Texas home.Would replacing food stamps with food boxes reduce hunger?Feb 22, 2018 8:30 am1360 views Swapping food stamps for food boxes would mean scrapping 'the most successful government program we have going today,' said U. of I. professor Craig GundersenHow do employers combat a resurgent white supremacy movement?Aug 15, 2017 9:30 am1355 views Labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy discusses his research about confronting a resurgent white supremacy movement.Paper: Nutrition label readers favor food quality over quantityApr 18, 2017 8:45 am1351 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: Civic participation can bridge social-class segregationOct 5, 2015 11:00 am1342 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.Study: Online retail contributes to decline in product qualityJul 9, 2012 9:00 am1319 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Consumers may revel in the convenience of online shopping, but the low prices on the Internet are often accompanied by even lower product quality, warns new research co-written by a University of Illinois business professor.What’s in a name? For young Chinese consumers and foreign brands, it’s about culture mixingOct 3, 2016 9:15 am1232 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.Paper: Even after debunking, misinformation and ‘fake news’ persistSep 20, 2017 8:45 am1202 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.Spending on public higher education overlooks net benefits as investment in state’s futureMar 10, 2016 9:00 am1140 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.How will upcoming Supreme Court case, teacher strikes affect organized labor?Apr 25, 2018 8:00 am1117 views A pending U.S. Supreme Court case could lead to the most significant changes in labor relations since the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, says Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.‘Sleeper effect’ accounts for durability of weak messages from credible sourcesSep 13, 2016 8:45 am1052 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.Scarcity, not abundance, enhances consumer creativity, study saysNov 16, 2015 9:45 am1047 views Resource scarcity translates into enhanced consumer creativity, according to new research co-written by business professor Ravi Mehta.Food displays, food colors affect how much people eat, researcher concludesMay 10, 2004 9:00 am1013 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Variety may be the spice of life - and a key contributor to an expanding waistline.Study: Outsourcing hurts consumers by softening competition among firmsJan 10, 2011 9:00 am1004 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Firms that outsource aspects of their business to a foreign country may profit by saving money, but the practice tends to soften the competition among industry rivals, exacting a hidden cost on consumers, says new research co-written by a University of Illinois business administration professor.Pro sports stadiums don't bolster local economies, scholars sayNov 17, 2004 9:00 am942 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If you build it, they will come ... with wallets bulging, eager to exchange greenbacks for peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs and beer, and T-shirts and ball caps with team logos.Would a laptop and tablet ban enhance air travel security?May 17, 2017 9:30 am922 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.Research: Tablet computers good medium for educational materialsJan 21, 2015 9:00 am918 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.Would a universal basic income in the U.S. reduce inequality?Jun 22, 2016 1:00 pm913 views A Minute With...™ labor expert Robert BrunoTSA could save money by waiving PreCheck fees for frequent travelers, study findsDec 5, 2016 8:45 am906 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.Study: Medicare prescription drug benefit reduced elderly mortality by more than 2 percentMar 9, 2017 8:45 am905 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.Is our flood insurance model broken?Sep 8, 2017 8:30 am905 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 am890 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.What's next for pension reform in Illinois?May 21, 2015 12:15 pm875 views A Minute With™...John D. Colombo, pension reform expertRoseanne and NFL protesters: What are their speech rights?May 31, 2018 8:45 am859 views When an employer credibly cites harm to its business interests or reputation from employee speech, the employee has very little legal recourse if they’re fired because of it, said University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy, an expert on employment law.Study: Hurricanes with female names more deadly than male-named stormsJun 2, 2014 9:00 am849 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.Benefits of telecommuting greater for some workers, study findsSep 18, 2014 9:00 am833 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.Study: Quebec ban on fast-food ads reduced consumption of junk foodJan 19, 2012 9:00 am829 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With mounting concerns over childhood obesity and its associated health risks in the U.S., would a ban on junk-food advertising aimed at children be more effective than the current voluntary, industry-led ban? According to published research from a University of Illinois economist, advertising bans do work, but an outright ban covering the entire U.S. media market would be the most effective policy tool for reducing fast-food consumption in children.In impoverished communities, health care awareness as important as access, affordabilityJan 30, 2018 9:00 am820 views New research co-written by Gies College of Business professor Ujjal Kumar Mukherjee studies the interdependence of affordability, awareness and access for health care delivery by nonprofits in underserved countries.Paper: Strategic trade-offs in automobile design affect market-share valueAug 3, 2016 8:45 am818 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.To kick-start creativity, offer money, not plaudits, study findsOct 4, 2017 10:15 am801 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.Social media as good a barometer of public health attitudes as traditional phone pollingFeb 15, 2018 10:00 am793 views Social media data can be used as an additional source of information to gauge public opinion about health issues alongside traditional data sources like phone-based polling, says new research co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.‘Cultural distinctiveness’ can influence consumer preferences for certain products, study saysDec 15, 2016 9:15 am789 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.‘Cadillac tax’ may precipitate wholesale changes to employer-provided health care insuranceDec 12, 2016 9:00 am788 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.Paper: State of Illinois’ middle class shrinkingMay 22, 2017 9:30 am771 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.