blog posts What's the business potential of the metaverse? Nov 16, 2022 8:00 am441 views The metaverse’s potential for transformation means it should be on everyone’s radar, 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. Paper: Regional public universities increase access, social mobility for nearby residents Oct 20, 2022 8:00 am1444 views By broadening access to higher education in their local geographic area, regional public universities increase the economic and social mobility of the residents in their counties, says new research co-written by a team of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign economists. Paper: Established employees need adjustment period with new work colleagues Oct 12, 2022 8:00 am748 views Adding new employees to an established work team can have a multitude of consequences for long-standing employees, according to new research co-written by Yihao Liu, a professor of labor and employment relations and of psychology at Illinois. Paper: Job-quality indicator points to mixed bag for Illinois workers Sep 19, 2022 8:00 am690 views A new metric for measuring the quality of jobs in the state of Illinois finds a mix of positive and negative news for Illinois workers, says Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois and a co-author of the research. What were the underlying issues of the railroad labor dispute? Sep 15, 2022 10:30 am619 views A strike by railroad unions would have been bad news for the Biden administration and an already-stressed economy, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. What explains 'quiet quitting' in the workplace? Sep 15, 2022 8:00 am3022 views “Quiet quitting” means forgoing the extra mile at work but is different than work withdrawal or employee disengagement, says University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign labor expert YoungAh Park, who studies work stress and recovery. Paper: Older workers seeking federal disability benefits during recessions are healthier Sep 8, 2022 8:00 am485 views Older workers who entered the federal disability program when unemployment was high were in better health than those who entered when unemployment was low, says a new paper co-written by a team of Gies College of Business scholars. How will the Inflation Reduction Act affect US environmental policy? Aug 31, 2022 8:00 am545 views Funds in the Inflation Reduction Act targeted for energy security and climate change reduction will encourage a major transformation in the U.S. renewable energy infrastructure, says Don Fullerton, the Gutgsell Professor of Finance at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a senior scholar at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Will pre-pandemic office life ever make a comeback? Aug 29, 2022 8:00 am1580 views As the COVID-19 pandemic wanes and remote work gradually turns into hybrid work, organizations will pay close attention to which workers and occupations function well in a hybrid-work arrangement, said Amit Kramer, a professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who studies the relationship between work, family and health. What’s the potential of blockchain technology? Jul 13, 2022 8:00 am1264 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. What explains the cryptocurrency crash? Jul 7, 2022 8:00 am557 views Cryptocurrencies have real-world use cases and will remain a viable investment because of the functionality blockchain technology provides, says Robert Brunner, the chief disruption officer at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Private investment in California's solar energy industry increases climate vulnerabilities, study finds Mar 9, 2022 10:30 am1754 views The large-scale infrastructure needed to attract private investment in solar energy makes it more vulnerable to climate extremes, said urban and regional planning professor Sean Kennedy. Who wins and who loses in MLB labor dispute? Mar 2, 2022 10:00 am870 views The current MLB lockout is already shaping up to be the most pivotal labor dispute in the sport since the mid-1990s, which means fans should prepare for the likelihood of more canceled games, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law and labor relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Study: Pro-worker ideas in political platforms resonate with voters Feb 28, 2022 8:00 am277 views Voters reward political parties that espouse pro-worker ideas with more votes in elections, says a new paper co-written by J. Ryan Lamare, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois. Paper: Regional public universities make local economies more resilient Feb 21, 2022 8:00 am591 views The local economies of regional public universities tend to be more resilient to economic shocks, says new research co-written by a team of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign economists. What explains the continuing appeal of Super Bowl advertisements? Feb 11, 2022 10:00 am2288 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. Analysis of bankruptcy data reveals patterns that underscore broader social, economic trends Jan 20, 2022 8:00 am1166 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 pm1469 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 am1552 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 pm740 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 am379 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 am757 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 am580 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 am780 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 am889 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 am857 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 am1831 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 am859 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 am1112 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 am1843 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 am761 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 am836 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 am902 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 am1325 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 am948 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 am438 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 am720 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 am2345 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 am903 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 pm1198 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 am2561 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 am1056 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 pm1336 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 am1493 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 am461 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 am850 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 am1287 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 am693 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 am3700 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 am1876 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.