blog postsPaper: Sharp decline in women's labor force participation in Illinois due to COVID-19May 14, 2021 8:00 am460 views The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated an existing child care crisis that disproportionately impacted and continues to affect working women, says Alison Dickson, a senior instructor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.Paper: Work-refusal safety laws serve employees poorly during pandemicMay 4, 2021 8:00 am695 views Current work-refusal laws are out-of-step with modern workplaces and provide meager benefits to employees who decline to work when faced with risks involving chemicals, radiation and other microscopic or invisible hazards such as COVID-19, says research from Michael LeRoy, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.Study: Rapid bulk-testing for COVID-19 key to reopening universitiesMar 29, 2021 8:00 am1212 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.Women, minority representation on Illinois corporate boards lags, study saysMar 25, 2021 8:30 am785 views A new report from labor and employment relations professors Richard A. Benton and Eunmi Mun shows women and nonwhite minorities remain largely underrepresented as corporate board members in the state of Illinois relative to the state’s demographics and their respective industries, but also highlights several promising policies and practices that firms can adopt to help reduce the disparity.Paper: Personal charitable donation budgets flexible in aftermath of deadly stormsMar 11, 2021 8:00 am383 views New research co-written by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professors Tatyana Deryugina and Benjamin M. Marx finds that people’s “altruism budget” for charitable giving is flexible and can expand.Paper: STEM skills gap modest among IT help desk workersFeb 18, 2021 8:00 am637 views The incidence of prolonged hiring difficulties for workers with science and technology backgrounds is consistent with persistent hiring frictions and not a “skills gap” in the labor market for information technology help desk workers, one of the largest computer occupations in the U.S., says new research by U. of I. labor professor Andrew Weaver.Paper: Underemployment pervasive for part-time workers in IllinoisJan 14, 2021 8:00 am2258 views As many as 61% of hourly workers in Illinois are underemployed, underscoring the need for the state to adopt a fair-workweek law, says Alison Dickson, a senior instructor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.Paper: Emotionally appealing ads may not always help consumer memoryJan 7, 2021 8:15 am517 views Emotional appeals in advertisements may not always help improve consumers’ immediate recall of a product, says a new paper co-written by Hayden Noel, a clinical associate professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois.Paper: Value of vaccine to end COVID-19 pandemic worth 5%-15% of global wealthNov 23, 2020 1:00 pm1159 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.Study: Political representativeness affects trade union membership, influenceNov 16, 2020 8:30 am519 views A country’s political system can positively or negatively affect trade union membership and influence, says a new paper co-written by J. Ryan Lamare, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.Corporations directing our attention online more than we realizeOct 29, 2020 10:15 am970 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.Rise in labor earnings inequality during pandemic reversed by stimulus, unemployment checksSep 4, 2020 12:00 pm1276 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.Should government do more for the working poor during pandemic?Aug 26, 2020 8:00 am1223 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.Paper: Industry concentration contributes to job quality erosion, wage stagnationAug 12, 2020 8:00 am407 views Dominant firms in concentrated industries can play a role in job quality erosion and wage stagnation for U.S. workers, says new research co-written by U. of I. labor and employment relations professor Richard Benton and U. of I. graduate student Ki-Jung Kim.Can Major League Baseball owners, players avoid another work stoppage?Jul 20, 2020 8:00 am782 views A coronavirus-abbreviated Major League Baseball season will open amid the backdrop of significant labor tension between owners and players, says U. of I. labor historian Daniel A. Gilbert.Paper: Mundane behavioral decisions, actions can be ‘misremembered’ as doneJul 17, 2020 8:00 am1251 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.Study: Interplay of impact, moral goals influences charitable giving to different causesJul 7, 2020 8:00 am654 views With the rise of globalization, geographic borders are becoming less relevant for making charitable donations, which means nonprofits and charities can make more effective pitches to donors by emphasizing higher-level concepts such as morality and idealistic values, said Carlos Torelli, a professor of business administration and the James F. Towey Faculty Fellow at Illinois.Why are familiar brands with Black images getting a rethink?Jun 29, 2020 8:00 am2335 views At least one familiar brand is being retired and others are getting a rethink due to their use of Black images. Illinois advertising professor Jason Chambers explains why.Control over work-life boundaries creates crucial buffer to manage after-hours work stressJun 25, 2020 8:00 am1527 views Workers with greater boundary control over their work and personal lives were better at creating a stress buffer to prevent them from falling into a negative rumination trap, says a new study co-written by a trio of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign experts who study occupational stress and employee well-being.Paper: Pandemic-fueled job losses exacerbating preexisting inequalities among workersJun 4, 2020 8:15 am898 views Although workers of all demographics have experienced job losses due to COVID-19, workers who belong to more disadvantaged groups – women, racial and ethnic minorities, younger people and the less educated – have been disproportionately affected by unemployment, according to new research co-written by Eliza Forsythe, a professor of labor and employment relations and of economics at Illinois.Study: Benefits of workplace wellness programs underwhelmingMay 26, 2020 10:00 am1175 views An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studied the efficacy of workplace wellness programs and found only a modest impact on employee health, health beliefs and medical utilization.Study: Cultural variables play important role in perceptions of status, powerApr 16, 2020 8:30 am998 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.Paper: Timely preventative efforts better than mitigation during early stages of outbreakApr 2, 2020 8:00 am1344 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.Does lack of paid sick time make US susceptible to global health crisis?Mar 9, 2020 8:30 am1364 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.Paper: Disposal of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing poses dangers to driversMar 2, 2020 8:30 am1024 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.Firms' office locations affect recent graduates' access to high-wage job opportunitiesFeb 27, 2020 8:30 am426 views A firm’s decision on where to locate its branch offices has reverberations in higher education and students’ post-graduation upward income mobility, according to new research from U. of I. labor economist Russell Weinstein.Hospital-level policies key to maximizing benefits, managing costs of robot-assisted surgeryFeb 18, 2020 8:30 am805 views Robot-assisted surgery is a major advancement in minimally invasive surgical care delivery, making it imperative for hospitals to codify policies that leverage the quality benefits while managing the cost, says Ujjal Kumar Mukherjee, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois who studies innovation in health care.Are there alternatives to declining, disappearing newspapers?Jan 30, 2020 2:00 pm1585 views As many newspapers decline and disappear – highlighted by two Chicago Tribune reporters recently sounding the alarm about a perceived threat to the Trib – a journalism professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign touts the growth and viability of nonprofits and other alternatives.Targeted ads are coming to mainstream media. Should we care?Jan 27, 2020 10:30 am1570 views Targeted advertising is coming to mainstream media, says an Illinois professor of digital media, bringing concerns about equality, division and “total surveillance.”New study examines mortality costs of air pollution in USJan 21, 2020 8:30 am1029 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.Study: 'Value instantiation' key to luxury brands' embrace of corporate social responsibilityJan 13, 2020 8:30 am1000 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.Paper: Cultural variables influence consumer demand for private-label brandsDec 16, 2019 8:15 am495 views Consumer attitudes toward private-label store brands might be driven more by social variables than price, says new research co-written by Carlos Torelli, a professor of business administration and James F. Towey Faculty Fellow at Illinois.Paper: Economy benefits when secretarial jobs require more computer skillsDec 12, 2019 9:00 am385 views New research co-written by U. of I. labor economist Eliza Forsythe finds that the adoption of new technologies in office and administrative support occupations ultimately leads to more job growth in the local economy, but offers mixed benefits for the office support workers themselves.Study: Leaders of nonprofits that use sport to better society often lack business skillsDec 5, 2019 2:15 pm623 views Many nonprofits using sport to create social change may fail because their leaders lack the leadership and business skills critical to the organizations' survival, U. of I. professor Jon Welty Peachey found in a study.Paper: Higher financial incentives for crowdsourced delivery workers can improve serviceNov 21, 2019 8:45 am885 views Targeted financial incentives can increase the service capacity of crowdsourced delivery workers without incurring additional costs for retailers, according to new research co-written by Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois.Paper: Outcomes vary for workers who 'lawyer up' in employment arbitration disputesNov 18, 2019 8:00 am791 views A worker who retains legal counsel to litigate a workplace dispute in arbitration doesn’t account for the potentially countervailing effect of employers hiring their own legal counsel, says new research co-written by U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare.Paper: Firm’s strategic orientation shapes how it resolves workplace disputesOct 30, 2019 8:45 am487 views When defusing workplace conflict, firms favor alternative dispute resolution practices that align with their underlying strategic bent, says new research co-written by U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare.Study: Tradeoffs between commute time, safetyOct 22, 2019 11:45 am1418 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.New book casts anthropologist’s eye on culture of MBA degree, global capitalismOct 16, 2019 8:30 am1199 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.Study: Personalized promotion a potential 'win-win' for retailers, consumersSep 26, 2019 10:00 am890 views “Personalized promotion” is a potentially lucrative opportunity for retailers to extract even more money from consumer wallets that also enhances customer satisfaction, said Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois.What’s at stake in auto workers strike?Sep 24, 2019 8:00 am252 views The strike of more than 47,000 auto workers is a way of recouping some of what union members lost during the Great Recession, 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.Study: Action-oriented goals produce higher probability of purchases under tight deadlinesSep 9, 2019 8:45 am582 views If you want sell a product or service quickly, it helps to try a busy consumer, says new research co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.Paper: As an act of self-disclosure, workplace creativity can be risky businessSep 4, 2019 9:15 am512 views It’s increasingly common for managers to instruct employees to “be creative” during brainstorming sessions. But according to a new paper from Jack Goncalo, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois, being creative in the workplace is potentially fraught with peril because creativity itself is deeply personal.Would cutting payroll taxes help prevent recession?Aug 26, 2019 8:30 am1027 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.In product design, imagining end user’s feelings leads to more original outcomesAug 15, 2019 8:30 am832 views In new product design, connecting with an end user’s heart, rather than their head, can lead to more original and creative outcomes, says published research co-written by Ravi Mehta, a professor of business administration at Illinois and an expert in product development and marketing.Artificial intelligence could help air travelers save a bundleAug 1, 2019 8:00 am3142 views Researchers are using artificial intelligence to help airlines price ancillary services such as checked bags and seat reservations in a way that is beneficial to customers’ budget and privacy, as well as to the airline industry’s bottom line.Study: Even in competitive markets, shareholders bear burden of corruptionJul 18, 2019 8:30 am511 views While the U.S. traditionally ranks low on worldwide corruption indices, domestic political corruption still imposes substantial costs on U.S. shareholders, according to new research co-written by Gies College of Business accounting professor Nerissa Brown.Study: Minimum wage 'an effective tool' for increasing incomes of older workersJul 10, 2019 8:30 am554 views In an era of rising inequality and aging populations in the U.S., the effect of the minimum wage on the labor market for older workers is increasingly important, says new research from Mark Borgschulte, a professor of economics at Illinois.Will legalizing marijuana be a boon to the state of Illinois?Jun 20, 2019 9:00 am1328 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.Perceived union support buoys 'meaningfulness of work' measuresMay 13, 2019 9:00 am1075 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.