blog postsResearch suggests sexual appeals in ads don’t sell brands, productsJun 22, 2017 10:30 am37367 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 am20366 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.U. of I. scholars collecting, analyzing constitutions from around worldFeb 12, 2007 9:00 am16855 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.Laws about pregnant women and substance abuse questionedNov 8, 2005 9:00 am6136 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.Research: Poor math skills affect legal decision-makingApr 3, 2013 9:00 am3858 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.Human trials of cancer drug PAC-1 continue with new investmentMay 24, 2016 1:45 pm3661 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.Skills gap for U.S. manufacturing workers mostly a myth, paper saysAug 15, 2016 10:15 am3511 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.Good boss? Bad boss? Study says workers leave bothJan 27, 2016 10:15 am3366 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.Paper: Email incivility has a ripple effect on householdsJul 16, 2018 9:00 am3323 views The negative repercussions of email incivility extend beyond the workplace, and can even negatively affect a domestic partner’s attitude toward their own work, says a new paper from YoungAh Park, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.New online master’s degree in strategic brand communication to prepare future brand leadersJan 5, 2017 9:00 am3288 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.Economists: Pros, cons to raising the gas tax in IllinoisApr 20, 2015 9:00 am2614 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.Scientists: Expanding Brazilian sugarcane could dent global CO2 emissionsOct 23, 2017 9:45 am2466 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.Why not have one national primary election for presidential nominees?Feb 16, 2016 10:45 am2372 views A Minute With...™ Mattias Polborn, professor of economics and political scienceAirline overbooking policy well known and so, too, should be its creatorAug 3, 2009 9:00 am2353 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 pm2232 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.Parental liability laws misguided and simplistic, legal scholar saysDec 12, 2005 9:00 am2209 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.Beyond the big ads: teaching kids ad literacy and nutrition in grade school classroomsFeb 4, 2016 1:45 pm2193 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. Expert: Legal sports gambling will have a destabilizing effect on economy, sportsMay 15, 2018 12:00 pm2150 views The decision in Murphy v. NCAA will likely usher in an era of unregulated, readily available sports gambling on smartphones, said John W. Kindt, a professor emeritus of business administration at the University of Illinois and a leading national gambling critic.Adoption of mobile payment shifts consumer spending patterns, habitsNov 29, 2018 9:00 am2107 views Paying for goods with a smartphone not only increases the overall transaction amount and frequency of purchases by consumers, it also effectively replaces the actual, physical credit cards in their wallets, said Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois.New model predicts how ground shipping will affect future human health, environmentFeb 11, 2019 10:00 am2089 views The trucks and trains that transport goods across the United States emit gases and particles that threaten human health and the environment. A University of Illinois-led project developed a new model that predicts through 2050 the impact of different environmental policies on human mortality rates and short- and long-term climate change caused by particulate and greenhouse gas emissions.Study: Online retail contributes to decline in product qualityJul 9, 2012 9:00 am2073 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.Artificial intelligence could help air travelers save a bundleAug 1, 2019 8:00 am1895 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.Paper: School shootings affect school quality, housing valueSep 21, 2018 9:30 am1598 views Home prices within a school district affected by a school-based mass shooting episode declined by 7.8 percent over the course of at least three years after the incident, according to a new paper co-written by University of Illinois scholar Juan Sebastian Munoz.Online master’s degree in accountancy coming to U. of I.’s College of BusinessMar 29, 2017 8:45 am1593 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.Would replacing food stamps with food boxes reduce hunger?Feb 22, 2018 8:30 am1555 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 GundersenFood displays, food colors affect how much people eat, researcher concludesMay 10, 2004 9:00 am1519 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Variety may be the spice of life - and a key contributor to an expanding waistline.How do employers combat a resurgent white supremacy movement?Aug 15, 2017 9:30 am1495 views Labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy discusses his research about confronting a resurgent white supremacy movement.Paper: Nutrition label readers favor food quality over quantityApr 18, 2017 8:45 am1404 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.Study: Outsourcing hurts consumers by softening competition among firmsJan 10, 2011 9:00 am1355 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.Paper: Civic participation can bridge social-class segregationOct 5, 2015 11:00 am1353 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.What’s in a name? For young Chinese consumers and foreign brands, it’s about culture mixingOct 3, 2016 9:15 am1342 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.How will upcoming Supreme Court case, teacher strikes affect organized labor?Apr 25, 2018 8:00 am1318 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: Even after debunking, misinformation and ‘fake news’ persistSep 20, 2017 8:45 am1303 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.‘Sleeper effect’ accounts for durability of weak messages from credible sourcesSep 13, 2016 8:45 am1282 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.Spending on public higher education overlooks net benefits as investment in state’s futureMar 10, 2016 9:00 am1268 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.Study: Hurricanes with female names more deadly than male-named stormsJun 2, 2014 9:00 am1197 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.Scarcity, not abundance, enhances consumer creativity, study saysNov 16, 2015 9:45 am1189 views Resource scarcity translates into enhanced consumer creativity, according to new research co-written by business professor Ravi Mehta.Paper: Strategic trade-offs in automobile design affect market-share valueAug 3, 2016 8:45 am1133 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.Cultural sensitivity necessary for global business leaders, scholar saysJan 21, 2014 9:00 am1095 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Global business leaders must adapt their behavior to the country in which they are doing business or risk being perceived as ineffective and unable to handle complexity, change and ambiguity, says a paper co-written by a University of Illinois business professor.Pro sports stadiums don't bolster local economies, scholars sayNov 17, 2004 9:00 am1079 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.Paper: Fostering gratitude reduces materialism, increases generosity in adolescentsNov 12, 2018 8:45 am1071 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.Research: Tablet computers good medium for educational materialsJan 21, 2015 9:00 am1048 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.‘Cultural distinctiveness’ can influence consumer preferences for certain products, study saysDec 15, 2016 9:15 am1046 views The concept of “cultural distinctiveness” prompts consumers to fulfill a need to connect with home by favoring brands or products associated with a related cultural group, says U. of I. business professor and branding expert Carlos J. Torelli.Study: Quebec ban on fast-food ads reduced consumption of junk foodJan 19, 2012 9:00 am1042 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.Perceived union support buoys 'meaningfulness of work' measuresMay 13, 2019 9:00 am1030 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.Roseanne and NFL protesters: What are their speech rights?May 31, 2018 8:45 am1026 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.Professor’s history of Coca-Cola also tells larger story of globalizationMay 6, 2019 10:15 am1017 views Coca-Cola’s history is one of innovation in image-making, outsourcing and other now-common practices of global capitalism – and of adapting to challenges from activists and movements resisting its practices, says an Illinois professor in a new book.Paper: Workplaces serve as training ground or deterrent for civic participationAug 2, 2018 8:00 am1016 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.Study: Store layout an important variable for retailersJan 24, 2013 9:00 am1011 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.‘Cadillac tax’ may precipitate wholesale changes to employer-provided health care insuranceDec 12, 2016 9:00 am1009 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.