blog posts Analysis of bankruptcy data reveals patterns that underscore broader social, economic trends Jan 20, 2022 8:00 am509 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. Climate adaptation increases vulnerability of cocoa farmers, study shows Jan 13, 2022 1:00 pm862 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. Paper: Women bear 'status-leveling burden' in male-dominated occupations Jan 12, 2022 8:00 am955 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. Will unionization push among retail workers continue in 2022? Dec 10, 2021 2:00 pm668 views The unionization of a Starbucks store is a potential watershed moment for organized labor and reflects changes to the underlying conditions impacting the balance of power between capital and labor, says U. of I. labor expert Robert Bruno. Paper: Activating a collectivistic orientation conducive to curbing COVID‐19 Dec 8, 2021 8:00 am295 views The activation of a collectivistic orientation, in which people construe the self as interdependent with others, is a key cultural factor that promotes behavior aimed at curbing the spread of COVID‐19, says research co-written by Carlos Torelli, the Zimmerman Faculty Fellow at the Gies College of Business at Illinois. Paper: 'Paradox brands' hold strong appeal for bicultural consumers Dec 1, 2021 8:00 am430 views “Paradox brands” – that is, brands that can straddle contradictory meanings or possess opposing characteristics – are more appealing to bicultural consumers in the U.S. than traditional singular-meaning brands, says new research co-written by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign business professor and consumer marketing expert Maria A. Rodas. Paper: Engaging donors in creative acts can boost charitable fundraising Nov 11, 2021 8:00 am490 views Participating in creative activities in support of a charitable cause induces a sense of autonomy in participants, which increases both the likelihood and the amount of donation, said Ravi Mehta, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois. Co-worker interventions can moderate customer sexual harassment in service industry Oct 19, 2021 8:00 am725 views Service-industry workers can be shielded from customer sexual harassment via bystander interventions from their fellow employees, says new research co-written by a team of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign experts who study occupational stress and employee well-being. Paper: 'Autonomous help-seeking' on the job pays dividends for workers Oct 6, 2021 8:00 am820 views Different types of help-seeking at work have disparate interpersonal costs and benefits for competency measures on the job, says new research co-written by a team of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign experts. Paper: Perception of COVID-19 vulnerability hurts job prospects Sep 15, 2021 8:00 am815 views Job seekers’ perceived risk of contracting and falling seriously ill from COVID-19 may take a significant mental health toll and ultimately affect their ability to secure employment, says new research co-written by Yihao Liu, a professor of labor and employment relations and of psychology at Illinois. Merit-based employment practices contribute to gender pay gap, study says Aug 23, 2021 8:00 am1423 views Meritocratic employment practices such as performance bonuses often fail to reduce gender-based pay inequality and may actually exacerbate it by allowing the status quo to remain intact at firms, says new research co-written by Eunmi Mun, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois. Study: Domestic control of COVID-19 takes priority over international travel bans Aug 11, 2021 8:00 am817 views A new paper co-written by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign economist Yilan Xu says taming domestic transmission of COVID-19 ought to be prioritized over international travel bans. Study: Idea sharing increases online learner engagement Jul 14, 2021 8:00 am1058 views Online learning engagement can be increased by nearly one-third by simply prompting students to share course ideas instead of personal details. Are generous unemployment benefits to blame for worker shortages? Jun 23, 2021 8:00 am1679 views As the COVID-19 pandemic recedes and employers look to restart businesses at full capacity, workers have leverage that they’re using to temporarily stay out of the labor market in certain industries, says U. of I. labor expert Robert Bruno. Nudges for default decisions influenced by time constraints, study says May 19, 2021 8:00 am728 views The default option is an easy way to “nudge” people toward a decision, but new research co-written by University of Illinois Distinguished Fellow in psychology Benjamin X. White finds that time constraints can play an important role in influencing decisions. Paper: Sharp decline in women's labor force participation in Illinois due to COVID-19 May 14, 2021 8:00 am763 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 pandemic May 4, 2021 8:00 am862 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 universities Mar 29, 2021 8:00 am1290 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 says Mar 25, 2021 8:30 am884 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 storms Mar 11, 2021 8:00 am406 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 workers Feb 18, 2021 8:00 am689 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 Illinois Jan 14, 2021 8:00 am2312 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 memory Jan 7, 2021 8:15 am632 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 wealth Nov 23, 2020 1:00 pm1185 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, influence Nov 16, 2020 8:30 am1069 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 realize Oct 29, 2020 10:15 am1008 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 checks Sep 4, 2020 12:00 pm1310 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 am1326 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 stagnation Aug 12, 2020 8:00 am440 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 am840 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 done Jul 17, 2020 8:00 am1268 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 causes Jul 7, 2020 8:00 am664 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 am2975 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 stress Jun 25, 2020 8:00 am1786 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 workers Jun 4, 2020 8:15 am929 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 underwhelming May 26, 2020 10:00 am1439 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, power Apr 16, 2020 8:30 am1161 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 outbreak Apr 2, 2020 8:00 am1355 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 am1390 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 drivers Mar 2, 2020 8:30 am1069 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 opportunities Feb 27, 2020 8:30 am436 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 surgery Feb 18, 2020 8:30 am861 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 pm1661 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 am1827 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 US Jan 21, 2020 8:30 am1056 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 responsibility Jan 13, 2020 8:30 am1158 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 brands Dec 16, 2019 8:15 am514 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 skills Dec 12, 2019 9:00 am407 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 skills Dec 5, 2019 2:15 pm656 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 service Nov 21, 2019 8:45 am932 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.