blog posts Paper: Even after debunking, misinformation and ‘fake news’ persist Sep 20, 2017 8:45 am1474 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. Paper: Nutrition label readers favor food quality over quantity Apr 18, 2017 8:45 am1459 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. Should government do more for the working poor during pandemic? Aug 26, 2020 8:00 am1459 views Another round of federal stimulus checks and increased unemployment benefits would be “economic stabilizers” for the working poor during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, says U. of I. labor expert Robert Bruno. Study: Tradeoffs between commute time, safety Oct 22, 2019 11:45 am1458 views Urban commuters may be less likely to encounter automobile accidents if they are willing to increase trip time, researchers report. A new study from the University of Illinois introduces a tool that helps quantify the connection between traffic accidents and city road networks. Pro sports stadiums don't bolster local economies, scholars say Nov 17, 2004 9:00 am1434 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. 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. Does lack of paid sick time make US susceptible to global health crisis? Mar 9, 2020 8:30 am1404 views Lack of paid sick time makes the U.S. acutely susceptible to a global health crises like COVID-19, and is part of the larger problem of tying health care to employment, says U. of I. labor expert Robert Bruno. Dual-earner families, gender roles, and the economic recession Nov 8, 2010 9:00 am1396 views A Minute With™... Amit Kramer, a professor of labor and employment relations Paper: Fostering gratitude reduces materialism, increases generosity in adolescents Nov 12, 2018 8:45 am1394 views Reflecting on what one is grateful for not only tends to lower materialism, but also increases one’s generosity, says new research co-written by Gies College of Business professor Aric Rindfleisch. How will upcoming Supreme Court case, teacher strikes affect organized labor? Apr 25, 2018 8:00 am1388 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. Paper: Women bear 'status-leveling burden' in male-dominated occupations Jan 12, 2022 8:00 am1387 views New research co-written by labor professor M. Teresa Cardador examines the “status-leveling burden” women in male-dominated occupations face in cross-occupational collaboration with other women. Scarcity, not abundance, enhances consumer creativity, study says Nov 16, 2015 9:45 am1386 views Resource scarcity translates into enhanced consumer creativity, according to new research co-written by business professor Ravi Mehta. Will legalizing marijuana be a boon to the state of Illinois? Jun 20, 2019 9:00 am1382 views By legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana, the state of Illinois could fund additional pension payments while making investments in public education, construction projects, and drug treatment and prevention programs, says Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois and the director of the Labor Education Program in Chicago. Paper: Civic participation can bridge social-class segregation Oct 5, 2015 11:00 am1376 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: Timely preventative efforts better than mitigation during early stages of outbreak Apr 2, 2020 8:00 am1368 views Epidemics such as COVID-19 are characterized by resource constraints due to sudden and unprecedented demand shocks for health care facilities and services, making the initial prevention of disease spread through testing, identification and quarantine activities more important than mitigation or curative efforts, according to research co-written by Ujjal Kumar Mukherjee, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois who studies innovation in health care. What explains the continuing appeal of Super Bowl advertisements? Feb 11, 2022 10:00 am1358 views The Super Bowl remains one of the few programs where people aren’t skipping the ads, says a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign business professor and consumer marketing expert. 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. Rise in labor earnings inequality during pandemic reversed by stimulus, unemployment checks Sep 4, 2020 12:00 pm1329 views Job losses during the pandemic were substantially worse for workers in low-paying jobs, leading to a dramatic increase in wage inequality during the early months of the COVID-19 recession, according to new research co-written by University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign labor economist Eliza Forsythe. Study: Rapid bulk-testing for COVID-19 key to reopening universities Mar 29, 2021 8:00 am1315 views A new paper co-written by business professors Ujjal Kumar Mukherjee and Sridhar Seshadri shows that rapid bulk-testing for COVID-19 along with other standard mitigation measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing were the keys to successfully reopening college campuses during the pandemic. Study: Cultural variables play important role in perceptions of status, power Apr 16, 2020 8:30 am1305 views Cultural variables play an important role in perceptions of status and power in business, according to research co-written by Carlos Torelli, a professor of business administration and the James F. Towey Faculty Fellow at the Gies College of Busines at Illinois. Study: 'Value instantiation' key to luxury brands' embrace of corporate social responsibility Jan 13, 2020 8:30 am1298 views Although luxury brands and social responsibility seem fundamentally inconsistent with each other, the two entities can coexist in the mind of the consumer, provided the brand can find someone – typically, a celebrity – who successfully embodies the two conflicting value sets, says new research co-written by Carlos Torelli, a professor of business administration and James F. Towey Faculty Fellow at Illinois. New book casts anthropologist’s eye on culture of MBA degree, global capitalism Oct 16, 2019 8:30 am1293 views A new book by University of Illinois professor Andrew Orta studies the culture of contemporary business education and the MBA degree through the lens of a professional anthropologist. Paper: Mundane behavioral decisions, actions can be ‘misremembered’ as done Jul 17, 2020 8:00 am1281 views Mundane behaviors such as taking a daily medication can eventually create false memories of completing the task, said Dolores Albarracin, a professor of psychology and marketing at Illinois and the director of the Social Action Lab. ‘Cadillac tax’ may precipitate wholesale changes to employer-provided health care insurance Dec 12, 2016 9:00 am1256 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. Study: Store layout an important variable for retailers Jan 24, 2013 9:00 am1253 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. Expert: Justice Department reversal on online gambling 'correct decision' Jan 17, 2019 12:00 pm1216 views In reversing an Obama-era decision that effectively allowed internet gambling, the Department of Justice has revitalized the Interstate Wire Act of 1961, an anti-gambling statute championed by then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to fight organized crime, said John W. Kindt, a professor emeritus of business administration at the University of Illinois and a leading national gambling critic. Benefits of telecommuting greater for some workers, study finds Sep 18, 2014 9:00 am1195 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. Paper: Value of vaccine to end COVID-19 pandemic worth 5%-15% of global wealth Nov 23, 2020 1:00 pm1195 views The monetary value of a vaccine that could potentially bring about the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is between 5%-15% of worldwide wealth, according to a new paper co-written by Timothy Johnson, the Karl and Louise Schewe Professor of Finance at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. College of Business honors students Jul 28, 2010 9:00 am1181 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The College of Business at the University of Illinois honored its students in April. Climate adaptation increases vulnerability of cocoa farmers, study shows Jan 13, 2022 1:00 pm1159 views Sean Kennedy, a professor of urban and regional planning, found that strategies to keep cocoa farmers in place transferred climate-related risks from chocolate manufacturers to the farmers. Study: Idea sharing increases online learner engagement Jul 14, 2021 8:00 am1104 views Online learning engagement can be increased by nearly one-third by simply prompting students to share course ideas instead of personal details. Paper: Workplaces serve as training ground or deterrent for civic participation Aug 2, 2018 8:00 am1103 views The workplace can function as a springboard for increased democratic participation, says new research co-written by U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare. Political ideology and social norms can play a role in donation decisions, study says Jul 20, 2017 9:15 am1101 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. Perceived union support buoys 'meaningfulness of work' measures May 13, 2019 9:00 am1097 views When employees think of their labor union as supportive and caring, says new research co-written by U. of I. labor professor M. Teresa Cardador, they are more likely to rate their union as fulfilling their psychological needs for autonomy, competence and relatedness – all of which are related to enhanced work meaningfulness. Research: Tablet computers good medium for educational materials Jan 21, 2015 9:00 am1093 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. Paper: Disposal of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing poses dangers to drivers Mar 2, 2020 8:30 am1090 views A new paper co-written by Yilan Xu, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, shows that the growing traffic burden in shale energy boomtowns resulted in a surge of road fatalities and severe accidents. New study examines mortality costs of air pollution in US Jan 21, 2020 8:30 am1082 views Scholars from the Gies College of Business at Illinois – from left, Julian Reif, Tatyana Deryugina, David Molitor and Nolan Miller – studied the effects of acute fine particulate matter exposure on mortality, health care use and medical costs among older Americans through Medicare data and changes in local wind direction. 'Repetition-break' plot structure makes effective TV ads, research shows Feb 29, 2012 9:00 am1079 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Beautiful people, scenic locations, cool music and ... the right plot structure? It turns out that a plot structure found in folktales is potent in television advertisements, according to published research by Jeffrey Loewenstein, a professor of business administration at the University of Illinois. What’s the potential of blockchain technology? Jul 13, 2022 8:00 am1075 views Blockchain technology has the potential to transform industries ranging from health care to government, says Robert Brunner, the associate dean for innovation and chief disruption officer at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Roseanne and NFL protesters: What are their speech rights? May 31, 2018 8:45 am1063 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. Would a universal basic income in the U.S. reduce inequality? Jun 22, 2016 1:00 pm1060 views A Minute With...™ labor expert Robert Bruno Analysis of bankruptcy data reveals patterns that underscore broader social, economic trends Jan 20, 2022 8:00 am1056 views A new paper co-written by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign law professor Robert M. Lawless, a leading consumer credit and bankruptcy expert, provides the first comprehensive overview of bankruptcy filers in more than 30 years, shining a spotlight on the economic stressors faced by U.S. debtors. Illinois labor professor awarded ACLS fellowship Mar 12, 2019 1:45 pm1053 views University of Illinois labor professor Emily E. LB. Twarog is the recipient of a 2019 Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. The award will fund the research and writing of her second book, “Hands Off: The History of Sexual Harassment Resistance in the Service Sector, 1935-2018.” Corporations directing our attention online more than we realize Oct 29, 2020 10:15 am1045 views We don’t have the control we think we do in browsing the internet. Our notion of empowerment to see and find what we choose is “an illusion,” say the authors of a study – including Illinois media professor Harsh Taneja – that analyzed browsing data on a million people over one month of internet use. Corporations are “nudging” the flow of our online attention more than we realize, and often in ways that are hidden or beyond our control. Paper: State of Illinois’ middle class shrinking May 22, 2017 9:30 am1044 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. Would cutting payroll taxes help prevent recession? Aug 26, 2019 8:30 am1044 views Cutting the payroll tax could represent the middle-class tax cut that President Trump campaigned on – although changes would need to go through the legislative process and any economic stimulus likely wouldn’t been seen until after the November 2020 election, said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois. Research: Too much, too little noise turns off consumers, creativity May 14, 2012 9:00 am1034 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. In impoverished communities, health care awareness as important as access, affordability Jan 30, 2018 9:00 am1031 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. 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. For nurses in Illinois, expectation of violence ‘a fundamental part of the job,’ study says May 7, 2018 9:00 am1010 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.