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Study Tracks Perceptions of Making Ethical Purchases

Society believes that those on social assistance - or welfare - should not be paying a premium to purchase ethical goods instead of cheaper alternatives, according to a new study from Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business.

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FAU Research Indicates Vivid Language Used to Assure Whistleblowers of Protection Can Instead Evoke Fear

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A new study by researchers at FAU and Providence College has found that vivid language intended to assure potential whistleblowers they will be protected from retaliation is instead likely to evoke fear and make them less likely to report misconduct.

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If Your Favorite Brand Is Sincere, Is Innovation What You Expect?

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Open the box of that new smartphone. Oops, it feels differently from expectations based on what you'd seen. Embrace it or be disappointed? Your reaction is likely tied to your perception of the brand, says Aparna Sundar of the University of Oregon.

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Economic Concerns Drive Sustainability in American Cities and Towns

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While environmental issues are often cited as a major factor in cities and towns in pursuing sustainability, a new study shows that economic concerns can be just as important to local governments in adopting concrete sustainability plans.

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Vitamins May Protect Against Nerve Damage in Breast Cancer Treatment, and more Cancer News in the Newswise Channels

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Corporate Sustainability Should Be Core Strategy, Requires Paths Unique to Each Business

Prior to the 1990s, there was little concept of corporate sustainability within the textile and apparel industry. However, beginning in the mid-1990s, clothing and apparel corporations began receiving pushback from consumers regarding social, environmental and economic sustainability. In an effort to qualify the process of investing in corporate sustainability, University of Missouri researchers examined two major international apparel brands, Nike and Adidas, to determine the paths taken to reach corporate sustainability. Saheli Goswami, a doctoral student in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences, says that while both companies are currently models of corporate sustainability, they took very different paths to reach the end goal.

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Florida Citrus Growers: 80 Percent of Trees Infected by Greening

“Even though the industry acknowledges that greening has reached epidemic proportions across the state, estimates of the level of infection and its impact on citrus operations are scarce,” the researchers wrote in the paper.

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Income Tax Preparation Chains Target Low-Income Workers

National tax preparation chains continue to exploit the working poor, many of whom spend a significant portion of a key federal anti-poverty tax credit just to pay for filing their taxes, a new study concludes.

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Research Into the Correlation Between Beauty and Body Size Shows That Women Are the Harshest Judges

In assessing attractiveness, females judge men and women with higher BMI as less attractive; Men do not judge a man with a higher weight negatively, but still see heavier women as less attractive; First study of its kind to assess the relationship between gender, BMI and notion of 'attractiveness', providing insight into associated wage inequality

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Airline Quality Rating: 2015 Airline Performance Improves Slightly; Virgin America Narrowly Retains Top Spot

As Virgin America claimed the top spot for the fourth consecutive year, overall U.S. airline performance improved slightly in 2015, according to the 26th annual Airline Quality Rating (AQR), released today (Monday, April 4) at the National Press Club in Washington.

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Rural Residents Seek Farmers Markets, UF/IFAS study shows

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"The finding also suggests that rural households may be seeking out farmers’ markets as a travel destination rather than as part of a multi-stop shopping trip, as would often be the case with urban consumers," said Alan Hodges, an Extension scientists in the UF/IFAS department of food and resource economics.

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Study: Near-Shore Wind Farms Would Have Big Impact on Coastal Tourism

A study by economists at North Carolina State University finds that most people are unwilling to rent vacation homes that have a view of offshore wind turbines – and that those who will rent expect steep rental discounts unless the turbines are more than eight miles offshore.

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International Trade Damages Tropical Nature

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While international trade may generate economic benefits to the exporting countries, a study by researchers from the National University of Singapore revealed that benefits from trade are unable to compensate for the loss of forests and ecosystems in those countries.

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CFO Survey: 31 Percent Chance of U.S. Recession; Significant Workforce Reductions at $15 Minimum Wage

There is about a one-third chance of many major economies being in recession at year-end 2016, including the U.S., Mexico, France, Nigeria, Japan and China, a new survey of chief financial officers finds. More than half of Brazilian, South African, Greek, Russian and Portuguese financial executives polled believe their economies will enter or remain in recession by year-end.

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Belief in the American Dream Regulates Materialism and Impulsive Spending

For the first time, researchers provided findings that link materialism, impulsive spending and personal perceptions of economic mobility. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School found that belief in the so-called “American Dream,” or the prospect that upward economic mobility is possible, limits impulse spending among materialistic consumers.

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New Paper Examines the Details Behind Stock Market 'Flash Crash'

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Conclusions: Indicted trader not to blame; systemic issues of high-frequency trading more likely responsible for 1,000-point drop.

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Mindfulness in the Workplace Improves Employee Focus, Attention, Behavior

Mindfulness is often viewed as either a touchy-feely fad or valuable management tool that can lift an entire workplace.

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Musical Chairs: Gender Diversity on U.S. Corporate Boards

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Fifty years ago it was nearly impossible to find women in executive leadership positions. Now, nearly half of the labor force is female. 51 percent of management and professional occupations are held by women. Yet, women hold only about 17 percent of corporate board seats. Despite positive changes over the years and rhetoric supporting the advancement of women in business leadership roles, over the last decade, there is meager evidence of significant progress in U.S. corporate boardrooms.

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New Homes Closing and Construction Permits Reach Highest Levels Since 2008

Locally based developers lead in housing revenue for 2015.

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