blog postsResearch suggests sexual appeals in ads don’t sell brands, productsJun 22, 2017 10:30 am34137 views Sexy ads stick in the memory more but don’t sell the brand or product, according to research that analyzed nearly 80 advertising studies published over three decades.Paper: Homeownership a ‘dream deferred’ for millennial generationFeb 8, 2016 10:45 am20286 views Millennials face significant hurdles in their quest for homeownership, said Yilan Xu, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois and co-author of a new paper examining homeownership trends among those born between 1980-2000.Laws about pregnant women and substance abuse questionedNov 8, 2005 9:00 am4041 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In Wisconsin, an expectant woman can be taken into custody if police believe her abuse of alcohol may harm her unborn child. In South Dakota, pregnant alcohol and drug users can be committed to treatment centers for up to nine months.Skills gap for U.S. manufacturing workers mostly a myth, paper saysAug 15, 2016 10:15 am3374 views Despite the outcry from employers over the dearth of job-ready workers, three-quarters of U.S. manufacturing plants show no sign of hiring difficulties for job vacancies, says new research from Andrew Weaver, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.Human trials of cancer drug PAC-1 continue with new investmentMay 24, 2016 1:45 pm3359 views Clinical trials of the anti-cancer agent PAC-1 are continuing to expand, thanks to a $7 million angel investment from an anonymous contributor who originally invested $4 million to help get the compound this far in the drug-approval pipeline.Good boss? Bad boss? Study says workers leave bothJan 27, 2016 10:15 am3281 views Workers leave both good bosses and bad bosses, a finding that companies can use to their strategic advantage, according to research from Ravi S. Gajendran, a professor of business administration at Illinois.New online master’s degree in strategic brand communication to prepare future brand leadersJan 5, 2017 9:00 am3006 views The online master’s degree in strategic brand communication, a unique joint program between the College of Business and College of Media, aims to prepare the strategic leaders of tomorrow in an ever-changing global digital-media environment.U. of I. scholars collecting, analyzing constitutions from around worldFeb 12, 2007 9:00 am2924 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Thomas Jefferson believed that a country's constitution should be rewritten every 19 years. Instead, the U.S. Constitution, which Jefferson did not help to write (he was in Paris serving as U.S. minister to France when the Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia), has prevailed since 1789.Research: Poor math skills affect legal decision-makingApr 3, 2013 9:00 am2402 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The stereotype of lawyers being bad with numbers may persist, but new research by two University of Illinois legal scholars suggests that law students are surprisingly good at math, although those with low levels of numeracy analyze some legal questions differently.Airline overbooking policy well known and so, too, should be its creatorAug 3, 2009 9:00 am2208 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Thirty years ago, U.S. airlines stopped arbitrarily grounding passengers on overbooked flights, instead offering rewards if travelers give up seats to make room for hurried fliers who need to touch down on time.Increased number of female engineers in managerial roles brings unintended consequencesJun 5, 2017 12:45 pm2006 views Increased female representation in the managerial ranks of engineering organizations may add another layer of sex segregation on top of the one it’s intended to mitigate, says a new paper from U. of I. labor professor M. Teresa Cardador.Economists: Pros, cons to raising the gas tax in IllinoisApr 20, 2015 9:00 am1877 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After the precipitous drop in crude oil prices over the past nine months, some policymakers in Illinois have advocated raising the state's excise tax on gasoline, which has remained unchanged at 19 cents per gallon since 1990.Why not have one national primary election for presidential nominees?Feb 16, 2016 10:45 am1799 views A Minute With...™ Mattias Polborn, professor of economics and political scienceBeyond the big ads: teaching kids ad literacy and nutrition in grade school classroomsFeb 4, 2016 1:45 pm1560 views The Super Bowl will feature car ads, beer ads, food ads – but probably none for carrots. Most food ads, game time or anytime, are pitching less-healthy fare. Kids are often the target. Do they understand what an ad is? Who made it and why? Advertising professor Michelle Nelson worked with an Illinois school district to develop an advertising literacy curriculum that also promotes healthy eating. Scientists: Expanding Brazilian sugarcane could dent global CO2 emissionsOct 23, 2017 9:45 am1503 views Vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5.6 percent, researchers report in the journal Nature Climate Change.Online master’s degree in accountancy coming to U. of I.’s College of BusinessMar 29, 2017 8:45 am1408 views The new iMSA degree will be for working professionals who want access to quality education from a top-three accounting program with unmatched ties to the accounting field, as well as students new to the accounting profession, said W. Brooke Elliott, the EY Distinguished Professor in Accounting at Illinois.Paper: Nutrition label readers favor food quality over quantityApr 18, 2017 8:45 am1334 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.Paper: Civic participation can bridge social-class segregationOct 5, 2015 11:00 am1334 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.How do employers combat a resurgent white supremacy movement?Aug 15, 2017 9:30 am1311 views Labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy discusses his research about confronting a resurgent white supremacy movement.Would replacing food stamps with food boxes reduce hunger?Feb 22, 2018 8:30 am1244 views Swapping food stamps for food boxes would mean scrapping 'the most successful government program we have going today,' said U. of I. professor Craig GundersenParental liability laws misguided and simplistic, legal scholar saysDec 12, 2005 9:00 am1242 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Durwood Pickle was shocked to find that the Recording Industry Association of America had sued him because his grandchildren had used his computer to illegally download music during visits to his Texas home.Study: Online retail contributes to decline in product qualityJul 9, 2012 9:00 am1196 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Consumers may revel in the convenience of online shopping, but the low prices on the Internet are often accompanied by even lower product quality, warns new research co-written by a University of Illinois business professor.What’s in a name? For young Chinese consumers and foreign brands, it’s about culture mixingOct 3, 2016 9:15 am1193 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.Paper: Even after debunking, misinformation and ‘fake news’ persistSep 20, 2017 8:45 am1145 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.Spending on public higher education overlooks net benefits as investment in state’s futureMar 10, 2016 9:00 am1103 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.Scarcity, not abundance, enhances consumer creativity, study saysNov 16, 2015 9:45 am1016 views Resource scarcity translates into enhanced consumer creativity, according to new research co-written by business professor Ravi Mehta.‘Sleeper effect’ accounts for durability of weak messages from credible sourcesSep 13, 2016 8:45 am1004 views The least convincing arguments can reverberate in the public consciousness over time – provided they’re delivered by a credible source, says new research from U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.Would a laptop and tablet ban enhance air travel security?May 17, 2017 9:30 am916 views Computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the proposed Department of Homeland Security ban of laptop and tablet computers in the passenger cabins of certain flights.Is our flood insurance model broken?Sep 8, 2017 8:30 am897 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.Pro sports stadiums don't bolster local economies, scholars sayNov 17, 2004 9:00 am897 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.TSA could save money by waiving PreCheck fees for frequent travelers, study findsDec 5, 2016 8:45 am896 views There could be an easy way to reduce lines at the airport, increase security, and save the Transportation Security Administration money, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers: waive the $85 fee for frequent fliers to enroll in the TSA PreCheck program, which allows pre-screened, verified travelers to go through expedited security at airports.Study: Medicare prescription drug benefit reduced elderly mortality by more than 2 percentMar 9, 2017 8:45 am893 views The implementation of Medicare’s prescription drug benefit program has reduced elderly mortality by 2.2 percent annually since 2006, says a new study by Julian Reif, a professor of finance and of economics at Illinois.Study: Outsourcing hurts consumers by softening competition among firmsJan 10, 2011 9:00 am883 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Firms that outsource aspects of their business to a foreign country may profit by saving money, but the practice tends to soften the competition among industry rivals, exacting a hidden cost on consumers, says new research co-written by a University of Illinois business administration professor.Would a universal basic income in the U.S. reduce inequality?Jun 22, 2016 1:00 pm883 views A Minute With...™ labor expert Robert BrunoPaper: Decision to claim Social Security benefits influenced by ‘framing’Sep 6, 2017 8:00 am877 views Retirees are more likely to delay claiming Social Security benefits by as many as 15 months due to how the decision is “framed” to them, says a new paper co-written by Jeffrey R. Brown, the Josef and Margot Lakonishok Professor of Business and dean of the College of Business at Illinois.What's next for pension reform in Illinois?May 21, 2015 12:15 pm869 views A Minute With™...John D. Colombo, pension reform expertFood displays, food colors affect how much people eat, researcher concludesMay 10, 2004 9:00 am858 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Variety may be the spice of life - and a key contributor to an expanding waistline.Research: Tablet computers good medium for educational materialsJan 21, 2015 9:00 am834 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.Study: Hurricanes with female names more deadly than male-named stormsJun 2, 2014 9:00 am830 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the coming Atlantic hurricane season, watch out for hurricanes with benign-sounding names like Dolly, Fay or Hanna. According to a new article from a team of researchers at the University of Illinois, hurricanes with feminine names are likely to cause significantly more deaths than hurricanes with masculine names, apparently because storms with feminine names are perceived as less threatening.Paper: Strategic trade-offs in automobile design affect market-share valueAug 3, 2016 8:45 am776 views Car companies can either “design for satisfaction” by investing in function and ergonomics or “design for delight” by investing in form, says new research from Raj Echambadi, a professor of business administration at Illinois.To kick-start creativity, offer money, not plaudits, study findsOct 4, 2017 10:15 am775 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.New book explores lessons learned from the ‘bottom up’ in subsistence marketplacesJul 28, 2016 9:15 am751 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.How long could Illinois' budget impasse last?Dec 10, 2015 10:30 am751 views A Minute With...™ Christopher Z. Mooney, Director of the Institute of Government and Public AffairsIn impoverished communities, health care awareness as important as access, affordabilityJan 30, 2018 9:00 am743 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.‘Cadillac tax’ may precipitate wholesale changes to employer-provided health care insuranceDec 12, 2016 9:00 am738 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.Benefits of telecommuting greater for some workers, study findsSep 18, 2014 9:00 am733 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.Study: Quebec ban on fast-food ads reduced consumption of junk foodJan 19, 2012 9:00 am728 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.Paper: State of Illinois’ middle class shrinkingMay 22, 2017 9:30 am722 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.Paper: To deter cyberattacks, build a public-private partnershipAug 25, 2014 9:00 am715 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 am705 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.