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Health - Economics - 11.07.2024
Better food policies needed to combat obesity and overnutrition in South Asia
New research highlights an urgent need for more effective food policies to address rising levels of obesity in South Asia. Better food labelling, healthier school meals, and taxes on unhealthy foods are needed to address the rising health impacts of 'overnutrition' in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, according to a new comparative analysis led by Imperial College Business School.

Environment - Economics - 11.06.2024
EU climate policy: French manufacturers cut emissions by 43 million tonnes
The carbon emissions of French manufacturers fell by an estimated 15% during the first eight years of the EU Emissions Trading System policy. This is the key finding of a new study by experts at Imperial College Business School, in collaboration with the University of Virginia and University of Mannheim.

Health - Economics - 22.04.2024
Taxing unhealthy food helps cut obesity, says global study
Mexico is leading the way in implementing taxes on unhealthy food options, successfully helping to tackle obesity and related health issues. Taxes on foods that are high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) reduce the sale, purchase and consumption of those foods, according to a new peer-reviewed analysis of evidence from around the world from Imperial College Business School.

Environment - Economics - 16.04.2024
Most countries struggle to meet climate pledges from 2009
Nineteen out of 34 countries surveyed failed to fully meet their 2020 climate commitments set 15 years ago in Copenhagen, according to a new study led by UCL researchers. The study, published in Nature Climate Change , compared the actual net carbon emissions of more than 30 nations to their 2009 pledged emission reduction targets set during the Copenhagen Climate Summit.

Economics - 27.03.2024
Avoiding the gifts-in-kind trap - new research shows how influencers can make their work pay
Avoiding the gifts-in-kind trap - new research shows how influencers can make their work pay
#Knowyourworth - study identifies three key elements to commercial success and meaningful work. Published on Wednesday 27 March 2024 Last updated on Wednesday 3 April 2024 Social media influencers who want to be paid money for their content must focus on three key areas to lift themselves out of the gifts-in-kind trap and to protect their pursuit of meaningful work, new research from the University of Bath shows.

Economics - 20.03.2024
Using AI to price loans could boost profits at lenders by over a third
Using AI to price loans could boost profits at lenders by over a third
Study of car lenders shows AI could mitigate bias and open lending to marginalised customers. Published on Wednesday 20 March 2024 Last updated on Thursday 21 March 2024 Lenders operating in indirect retail channels such as car dealerships could improve their profit margins by over a third by using artificial intelligence to support the retailers' salespeople rather than rely on salespeople alone to price loans at their discretion, new research from the University of Bath shows.

Health - Economics - 13.03.2024
One million adults smoke menthol-flavoured cigarettes despite ban
One million adults smoke menthol-flavoured cigarettes despite ban
One in seven adults who smoke in Great Britain report using menthol-flavoured cigarettes despite UK legislation that aimed to curb their use, according to a new study by UCL researchers. The study, published in the journal Tobacco Control and part-funded by Cancer Research UK, looked at survey responses from 66,868 adults in England, Wales and Scotland between October 2020, five months after the ban was introduced, and March 2023.

Economics - 11.03.2024
Increases in suicide rate linked to ’shocks’ in the economy
A study by the University of Southampton has shown a link between unexpected economic performance and a rise in the suicide rate. Researchers have found a strong connection between daily suicides, people's expectations formed by professional economic forecasts and the subsequent outcome of actual economic performance.

Innovation - Economics - 11.03.2024
Prepayment technology is socially and financially isolating UK asylum seekers
A research team from the University of Oxford and the University of Glasgow has found that prepayment cards provided to UK asylum seekers by the Home Office are collecting their data and controlling their behaviours in ways that have highly detrimental impacts on their wellbeing. The research details the restrictive and isolating impacts of the Asylum Support Enablement (ASPEN) card: the prepayment card UK asylum seekers are issued with.

Health - Economics - 18.01.2024
Removing largest wine glass serving reduces amount of wine sold in bars and pubs
Removing largest wine glass serving reduces amount of wine sold in bars and pubs
Taking away the largest serving of wine by the glass - in most cases the 250ml option - led to an average reduction in the amount of wine sold at pubs and bars of just under 8%, new research led by a team at the University of Cambridge has discovered. When the largest serving size of wine by the glass was unavailable, people shifted towards the smaller options, but didn't then drink the equivalent amount of wine Eleni Mantzari While only modest, the finding could provide one way of nudging customers to drink less alcohol and have an impact at a population level, say the researchers.

Economics - 08.12.2023
Ethical brands fare in a recession
A new study from experts at The University of Manchester and the University of East Anglia (UEA) has revealed why some 'eco goods' may fare better than others as a UK recession looms. The research has demonstrated that when money gets tight, people are more likely to keep up more expensive ethical purchases like buying fair trade products.

Environment - Economics - 06.12.2023
Companies are missing their climate goals with misaligned behaviour
The emissions pathways of most companies in high-emitting sectors are not aligned with the climate targets of the Paris Agreement. To better contribute to national and global sustainability efforts, corporate behaviour must change. This is the main message of a new study by Imperial College Business School published in Nature Communications.

Economics - 02.11.2023
MiFID II unbundling rules damaged research and liquidity in London's main stock market - new study
MiFID II unbundling rules damaged research and liquidity in London’s main stock market - new study
But impact was mitigated on London's Alternative Investment Market by NOMAD requirement Published on Thursday 2 November 2023 Last updated on Thursday 2 November 2023 New research from the University of Bath shows the European Union's MiFID II financial market reforms inadvertently reduced research activity and adversely affected liquidity in London's main stock market but that the impact on London's less regulated Alternative Investment Market was mitigated by its special adviser rules.

Environment - Economics - 23.10.2023
Businesses must embrace new ways of thinking or risk not meeting climate targets
Businesses must adopt new ways of thinking to effectively reduce their carbon footprint, suggests a new study from Imperial College Business School. The study , conducted by Dr Simone Cenci and Matteo Burato of the Leonardo Centre for Business on Society at Imperial College Business School , explored how organisations currently think and act in regards to tackling climate change, and their effectiveness in aligning their emissions with global climate targets.

Economics - 05.10.2023
Research sparks call for greater transparency over where tobacco companies operate
A new study has highlighted the prevalence of subsidiaries of major global tobacco companies revealing conflicts of interest around public health. Published on Thursday 5 October 2023 Last updated on Thursday 5 October 2023 For the first time ever, researchers have attempted to map the supply chain of cigarettes, from farm to factory, in a new study published today [Thursday 5 October] in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research .

Environment - Economics - 08.09.2023
Lack of evidence hampers progress on corporate-led ecosystem restoration
Lack of evidence hampers progress on corporate-led ecosystem restoration
A near total lack of transparency is making it impossible to assess the quality of corporate-led ecosystem restoration projects, a new study finds. The world's largest corporations have the potential to lift ecosystem restoration efforts to an unprecedented scale. But their involvement has to be managed with proper evidence and accountability, to make sure the outcomes are beneficial and fair for everyone.

Economics - 09.06.2023
Women feel the pain of losses more than men when faced with risky choices
Women feel the pain of losses more than men when faced with risky choices
University of Bath study explores risk aversion and optimism Women are less willing to take risks than men because they are more sensitive to the pain of any losses they might incur than any gains they might make, new research from the University of Bath School of Management shows. Published in the British Psychological Society's British Journal of Psychology, the study Gender differences in optimism, loss aversion and attitudes toward risk" - also finds that men are -significantly- more optimistic than women, making them more willing to take risks.

Agronomy / Food Science - Economics - 19.04.2023
Companies' zero-deforestation commitments have potential to halve cattle-driven deforestation in Brazilian Amazon
Companies’ zero-deforestation commitments have potential to halve cattle-driven deforestation in Brazilian Amazon
Study shows better adoption and implementation of company supply chain policies for Brazilian beef and leather could significantly reduce carbon emissions If we do eat imported beef, we should buy it from retailers that are trying to improve cattle production systems in Brazil and elsewhere. Rachael Garrett Cattle-rearing is the biggest cause of tropical deforestation in the Amazon - and the world.

Economics - Health - 30.03.2023
Increasing availability of non-alcoholic drinks may reduce amount of alcohol purchased online
Increasing availability of non-alcoholic drinks may reduce amount of alcohol purchased online
Increasing the proportion of non-alcoholic drinks on sale in online supermarkets could reduce the amount of alcohol people purchase, suggests a study published today led by researchers at the University of Cambridge. We all know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us, but we are often unaware of how much we are influenced by the environment around us Theresa Marteau The team used a simulated supermarket that presented shoppers with varying proportions of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and asked them to select drinks to purchase for their next online shop.

Innovation - Economics - 20.03.2023
Launch of the MIOIR Working Paper Series
Launch of the MIOIR Working Paper Series
We are delighted to announce the official launch of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research Working Paper Series. The MIOIR Working Paper Series provides a platform for discussing and disseminating studies from across the disciplines, covering a range of issues related to Innovation. Our series will publish high-quality research papers with a focus on the Institute's primary research themes, including: Innovation management; Sustainable innovation; Science, technology, and innovation policy; and Emerging technologies.
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