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Economics - Social Sciences - 24.02.2023
Starting a business can liberate LGBT people to be themselves
Starting a business can liberate LGBT people to be themselves
Setting up a business or going self-employed can give LGBT people a sense of liberation and freedom to be their authentic selves, shows study. Setting up a business or going self-employed can give LGBT people a sense of liberation and freedom to be their authentic selves, shows a study of small businesses with LGBT owners.

Economics - Social Sciences - 16.02.2023
Schools’ surge in marketing to attract pupils fuels inequalities globally
The new study published in the journal Review of Educational Research is authored by Prof Deborah Wilson, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. A pioneering global study has revealed how schools worldwide are using a raft of marketing techniques to attract higher performing pupils and climb the league tables.

Agronomy / Food Science - Economics - 09.02.2023
Carbon emissions from fertilisers could be reduced by as much as 80% by 2050
Researchers have calculated the carbon footprint for the full life cycle of fertilisers, which are responsible for approximately five percent of total greenhouse gas emissions - the first time this has been accurately quantified - and found that carbon emissions could be reduced to one-fifth of current levels by 2050.

Economics - 06.02.2023
Investors who make decisions with others are half as likely to bet on falling stock prices
Investors who make decisions with others are half as likely to bet on falling stock prices - new research University of Sussex study finds that consulting others reduces financial overconfidence and improves the quality of investment decisions Researchers find that private investors become more aware of the limits of their investment knowledge when they involve others in financial decision-making Impact is most pronounced where non-experts are c

Health - Economics - 26.01.2023
Sugary drinks tax may have prevented over 5,000 cases of obesity a year in year six girls alone
Sugary drinks tax may have prevented over 5,000 cases of obesity a year in year six girls alone
The introduction of the soft drinks industry levy - the -sugary drinks tax in England was followed by a drop in the number of cases of obesity among older primary school children, according to Cambridge researchers. Taking into account current trends in obesity, their estimates suggest that around 5,000 cases of obesity per year may have been prevented in year six girls alone.

Economics - 25.01.2023
Gap between rich and poor has increased more quickly in the US than in Europe
Wealth inequality in the United States has increased more quickly than in Europe in the last 50 years, according to a new Imperial study. The wealth gap was partly due to significant rises in stock market prices, according to the new study from Imperial College Business School , published in the Journal of Monetary Economics.

Environment - Economics - 25.01.2023
Sustainable development key to stop extinction of carnivores
The best way to prevent the extinction of carnivores, such as lynx, bears and lions, is by encouraging a sustainable model of social and economic development, rather than focusing only on issues such as climate change, researchers say After studying 50 species of large carnivores over 50 years, it was discovered that social and economic factors, such as people's quality of life, were more closely associated with declines of these species, than p

Economics - Health - 13.01.2023
Addressing online gambling harms across sub-Saharan Africa
Addressing online gambling harms across sub-Saharan Africa
A new study funded by the British Academy and Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) has reported that governments across Sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to keep pace with the mass expansion of gambling, brought about through online technologies and smartphone apps. An international team, coordinated by the universities of Glasgow, Ghana and Bath, in partnership with the Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (MEIRU), reviewed existing policies in place to regulate the gambling industry across 49 countries.

Economics - 10.01.2023
Poetry and meditation power new research understanding - study
Poetry and meditation power new research understanding - study
Combining poetry and meditation may help researchers to discover new angles on the world through an unorthodox approach to data collection and analysis. ' Poetic meditation ' can enhance qualitative data analysis by offering researchers improved sensory experience and an ability to approach data analysis from unexpected directions, a new study reveals.

Economics - Innovation - 04.01.2023
Researchers investigate the housing and construction sector's key role in net-zero challenges
Researchers investigate the housing and construction sector’s key role in net-zero challenges
MIOIR Researchers have begun working on an important project 'Addressing the net-zero and productivity challenges: How could the housing and construction sector play a key role', funded by The Productivity Institute. A research team from the Alliance Manchester Business School and Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) has officially begun working on an important project for The Productivity Institute: 'Addressing the net-zero and productivity challenges: How could the housing and construction sector play a key role?'.

Economics - 17.11.2022
AI tool predicts when a bank should be bailed out
An artificial intelligence tool developed by researchers at UCL and Queen Mary University of London could help governments decide whether or not to bail out a bank in crisis by predicting if the intervention will save money for taxpayers in the long term. The AI tool, described in a new paper in Nature Communications , assesses not only if a bailout is the best strategy for taxpayers, but also suggests how much should be invested in the bank, and which bank or banks should be bailed out at any given time.

Economics - Health - 09.11.2022
No evidence that physical activity calorie-equivalent labelling changes food purchasing
No evidence that physical activity calorie-equivalent labelling changes food purchasing
Workplace cafeteria study finds no evidence that physical activity calorie-equivalent labelling changes food purchasing An experiment carried out across ten workplace cafeterias found no significant change in the overall number of calories purchased when food and drink labels showed the amount of physical activity required to burn off their calories.

Health - Economics - 20.10.2022
Achieving levelling up health targets could boost local economies
Achieving levelling up health targets could boost local economies
A quarter of a million working-age people aged 50 or older, could have stayed in paid employment for longer, had the levelling up health targets been achieved a decade ago, finds a new UCL-led study. Researchers believe this is important as staying in work can provide both positive health and financial outcomes for individuals.

Career - Economics - 19.10.2022
Over a third of office workers ’hybrid misfits’
Over a third of office staff are working away from home for more days than they would like, according to new research from the University. Some 39% of office workers are so-called hybrid "misfits" and don't have the right balance of home and office working, the survey funded by the Economic and Social Research Council found.

Economics - 12.10.2022
Holograms and video projections boost grocery store sales but the simpler, the better
Study of -mixed reality- techniques on endcap shelves revealed consumers spend over 60 percent more than regular endcap displays. Retailers should incorporate mixed reality promotions to increase sales, and keep it simple for the best results, according to new consumer research from the University of Bath.

Economics - 29.06.2022
Music is key to converting consumers' good intentions to actual purchases in ethical markets
Music is key to converting consumers’ good intentions to actual purchases in ethical markets
Up-tempo major mode music can help bridge the gap between words and deeds - new research Last updated on Wednesday 29 June 2022 Companies selling ethical and sustainable products should use up-tempo major mode music in their marketing to help well-meaning consumers convert their good intentions into actual purchases, new research from the University of Bath shows.

Economics - Health - 28.06.2022
Messaging on healthy foods may not prompt healthier purchases: study
Messaging on healthy foods may not prompt healthier purchases: study
Healthy food cues standing alone don't prompt healthier buying decisions, but they may counter advertising for sugary and fatty foods, says study co-authored by Cambridge researchers. People making food-buying choices are often faced with adverts or other descriptions such as -low calorie- (healthy) or -tasty- (less healthy) to influence their decisions, so how effective are health-conscious nudges in moving consumer behaviour toward healthier lifestyles?

Economics - 08.06.2022
Central Bank Digital Currencies will create evolution, not revolution, in international payments
Central Bank Digital Currencies will create evolution, not revolution, in international payments
SWIFT Institute-commissioned report concludes CBDCs will co-exist with established payments infrastructure Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) may offer a route towards improving and simplifying the complex ecosystem of international and domestic payments but are not likely to replace established conventional payments systems for the foreseeable future, new research shows.

Agronomy / Food Science - Economics - 11.04.2022
Study sheds new light on the origin of civilisation
The research sheds new light on the mechanisms by which the adoption of agriculture led to complex hierarchies and states It challenges the conventional -productivity theory- which holds that regional differences in land productivity explain regional disparities in the development of hierarchies and states, by theoretical arguments and empirical analysis.

Economics - Pharmacology - 14.02.2022
New book highlights how small biotech companies are outperforming big pharma
Biotech firms have developed nearly 40% more of key treatments for unmet medical needs, says a new book co-authored by Cambridge researchers. From Breakthrough to Blockbuster: The Business of Biotechnology , published today, shows how the small, inexperienced entrepreneurial companies making up the biotech industry have created more life-changing medicines than all of the large pharmaceutical companies combined.