blog postsSocial media as good a barometer of public health attitudes as traditional phone pollingFeb 15, 2018 10:00 am897 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.Study: Quebec ban on fast-food ads reduced consumption of junk foodJan 19, 2012 9:00 am893 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.What's next for pension reform in Illinois?May 21, 2015 12:15 pm881 views A Minute With™...John D. Colombo, pension reform expertIn impoverished communities, health care awareness as important as access, affordabilityJan 30, 2018 9:00 am876 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.Study: Store layout an important variable for retailersJan 24, 2013 9:00 am856 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A retailer's optimal store layout is the result of balancing the interests of two different types of markets - consumers and suppliers, says new research co-written by a University of Illinois business professor.Cultural sensitivity necessary for global business leaders, scholar saysJan 21, 2014 9:00 am841 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.Paper: State of Illinois’ middle class shrinkingMay 22, 2017 9:30 am834 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.To kick-start creativity, offer money, not plaudits, study findsOct 4, 2017 10:15 am819 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.Research: Men respond negatively to depictions of 'ideal masculinity' in adsAug 1, 2012 9:00 am805 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The male response to depictions of ideal masculinity in advertising is typically negative, which has implications for advertisers and marketers targeting the increasingly fragmented consumer demographic, according to research from a University of Illinois marketing expert.Paper: Changes in NFL mirror changes in modern workplaceMar 14, 2018 9:00 am785 views The NFL has reflected the changing dynamics of the modern U.S. workplace due to the football-workplace connection that was forged during the sport’s early years, said Daniel A. Gilbert, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois and an expert who studies the cultural and labor history of sports.Expert: Abolish partisan elections for Illinois judgesAug 22, 2016 9:30 am779 views With popularly elected judges, political influence pervades and taints Illinois courts, said U. of I. legal expert Michael LeRoy.For nurses in Illinois, expectation of violence ‘a fundamental part of the job,’ study saysMay 7, 2018 9:00 am769 views Workplace violence is an endemic problem for front-line health care workers in Illinois, says new research from U. of I. labor and employment relations professor Emily E. LB. Twarog.New book explores lessons learned from the ‘bottom up’ in subsistence marketplacesJul 28, 2016 9:15 am768 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.State workers in Illinois underpaid, new study findsMar 11, 2013 9:00 am757 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A comparison of public sector workers in Illinois with their peers in the private sector shows a general wage and salary penalty for state and local government employees, according to research by a University of Illinois labor expert.How long could Illinois' budget impasse last?Dec 10, 2015 10:30 am756 views A Minute With...™ Christopher Z. Mooney, Director of the Institute of Government and Public AffairsPaper: To deter cyberattacks, build a public-private partnershipAug 25, 2014 9:00 am738 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.New book explores forces behind Chicago Teachers Union strike of 2012Dec 14, 2016 8:45 am735 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.U. of I. finance professor Jeffrey R. Brown named dean of College of BusinessJun 30, 2015 9:15 am722 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.Research: Materialism makes bad events even worseNov 25, 2013 9:00 am687 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.New book explores global reach of British royal family brandNov 4, 2015 9:00 am646 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.”Research: Chicago public school teachers log long hoursApr 9, 2012 11:30 am641 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The claim that Chicago public school teachers aren’t working enough hours during the school day is unwarranted at best and intellectually dishonest at worst, according to research from a University of Illinois labor expert.Research: Too much, too little noise turns off consumers, creativityMay 14, 2012 9:00 am628 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The sound of silence isn't so golden for consumers, and both marketers and advertisers should take note, says new research from a University of Illinois expert in new product development and marketing.Roth IRA conversion not a good fit for all, tax expert saysOct 26, 2009 9:00 am605 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Starting next year, anyone can convert retirement savings into tax-advantaged Roth individual retirement accounts, but the much-touted switch isn't for everyone, a University of Illinois expert on tax and elder law warns.Paper: Four service features impact demand for physicians’ online bookingsMay 15, 2018 8:30 am597 views In health care, four service-quality proxies – bedside manner, diagnosis accuracy, waiting time and service time – disproportionately affect demand for patient care, said Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois.Paper: Don’t rely on mixed messages to change health behaviorsSep 27, 2017 9:00 am594 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.New book explores housewives, food and consumer protests in 20th-century AmericaDec 4, 2017 9:00 am590 views The rising cost of meat and the power of housewives to agitate for a more equitable standard of living is the focus of a new book by U. of I. labor and employment relations professor Emily E. LB. Twarog.Paper: Education, infrastructure key public investments for job growthSep 28, 2015 9:00 am585 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.For community college students, ‘nudge-induced borrowing’ increases achievementNov 12, 2018 9:15 am582 views When student loan amounts were printed in community college financial aid award letters, it led to better academic results and, in the following year, an increase in transfers to four-year colleges, says new research from Ben Marx, a professor of economics at Illinois.Paper: Experienced auditors better at fraud detection after a simple cueApr 4, 2017 8:00 am580 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.Paper: Young workers hit hardest by slow hiring during recessionsMay 16, 2016 10:00 am580 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.Apologies may fuel settlement of legal disputes, study saysJun 2, 2010 9:00 am566 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Apologies may be good for more than just the soul, according to research by a University of Illinois professor of law and of psychology.College of Business honors studentsJul 28, 2010 9:00 am554 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The College of Business at the University of Illinois honored its students in April.Four factors influence social media reach of public health tweets, study saysOct 30, 2018 8:30 am549 views Four factors account for public health messages accruing retweets on Twitter, says research co-written by U. of. I. social psychology expert Dolores Albarracin and a team of U. of I. graduate students.Political ideology and social norms can play a role in donation decisions, study saysJul 20, 2017 9:15 am544 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.New book gives voice to people who grew up in poverty in IndiaMay 10, 2017 8:45 am543 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.Research: Medical malpractice reform does little to contain health care costsJan 27, 2015 9:00 am533 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.Study: One-size-fits-all approach doesn't work for different marketsAug 13, 2013 9:00 am531 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When evaluating the performance of a brand in a certain territory, it might be more appropriate to evaluate it against its local competitors as opposed to its performance in other territories, according to research from a University of Illinois expert in business strategy.Stable, predictable work schedules elusive for many Illinois workers, paper saysJun 22, 2018 8:30 am529 views An unpredictable work schedule with irregular shifts has become “a broader, more normative trend across all occupations in Illinois,” says new research co-written by Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois. Bruno’s co-author is Alison Dickson, an instructor in the Labor Education Program at Illinois.Book: Process, not epiphany, is the engine of creativityMay 23, 2018 8:45 am527 views A new book co-written by University of Illinois Gies College of Business professor Jeffrey Loewenstein aims to demystify the creative process.Battered women who kill in non-beating situation have self-defense rightAug 15, 2005 9:00 am520 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Answering critics of the "battered woman syndrome," a University of Illinois expert argues that the claims made by victims of domestic violence are a legitimate extension of the longstanding rules of self-defense.Paper: Prior union experience correlates with voting for pro-labor issuesNov 16, 2015 9:00 am516 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.Paper: Surprise can be an agent of social changeApr 3, 2018 8:30 am512 views Surprising someone – whether it’s by a joke or via a gasp-inducing plot twist – can be a memorable experience, but a less heralded effect is that it can provide an avenue to influence people, said Jeffrey Loewenstein, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois.Paper: Workload affects operational risk at commercial banksMay 21, 2018 8:45 am503 views Under a low-workload scenario, bank employees tend to take performance-enhancing risks. But in a high-workload scenario, employees make more errors due to multitasking, said Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois.Study: Job autonomy, trust in leadership keys to improvement initiativesNov 14, 2012 9:00 am491 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Frontline employees will commit to improving their organization if they perceive a high degree of autonomy in their jobs and trust their leaders, says research from University of Illinois business professors.Study: Consumers see much greater risk than reward in online adsMay 18, 2017 12:00 pm485 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.Paper: Corporate board ‘interlocks’ lead to managerial entrenchmentDec 1, 2016 9:15 am484 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.Should states be in the lottery business?Sep 5, 2017 1:00 pm481 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.Relying too much on e-mail bad for business, study saysJun 16, 2010 9:00 am479 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Firing off e-mails and cueing up videoconferences get work done fast, but not necessarily well, research by a University of Illinois business leadership expert found.Online MBA degree coming to U. of I.'s College of BusinessMay 5, 2015 9:15 am473 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.Book Corner: A look at how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program affects health and well-beingDec 17, 2015 9:00 am459 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.