Malls debate teen policies after rash of Christmas weekend fights – 12/28/16
Article discusses the recent fights that have taken place at local malls and shopping centers across the U.S., quoting Professor Alexander Chernev on how the decision to add teen restrictions on malls can be agonizing for retail management, which views teen consumers as not only important because of their disposable income, but also for their years of spending to come.
When Women Run Companies – 12/27/16
Article discusses what happens to employees under female leadership and highlights research from Professor David Matsa on how the higher the share of women on corporate boards one year, the more likely the company was to hire women executives in the following year.
Our Lives Will Soon Transcend the Laws of Physics – 12/26/16
Article by Professor Robert Wolcott discusses how Virtual Reality and complementary technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cybernetics will enable experiences far beyond what we think of today as fictions. In a deep sense, they will become experienced as ‘real’. What today might appear as something like immersive video games will in the not too distant future manifest as comprehensive realities.
Trump’s Deals May Unintentionally Damage the US Economy – 12/21/16
Article by Professor Scott Baker discusses his research and highlights a potential cost of political gamesmanship: an increase in political risk and economic policy uncertainty. When companies are uncertain of how they will be treated under government policy — whether because they fear being singled out or because of pressure on a particular industry (such as manufacturing and keeping jobs in the U.S.)— that can undermine a company’s business strategies.
Drinking beer is saving lives in Russia – 12/15/16
Article highlights recent research by Professor Lorenz Kueng, who found that the decades-old government restrictions inadvertently taught some consumers to permanently prefer light alcohol over hard alcohol. This change, along with subsequent changes in the alcohol market following the collapse of the Soviet Union, increased male life expectancy today and is projected to continue to do so in the future.