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Limiting Internet Congestion A Key Factor in Net Neutrality Debate

In their paper, “The Economics of Network Neutrality,” Ben Hermalin, Haas Economics Analysis and Policy Group,and Nicholas Economides, Berkeley-Haas visiting professor from NYU'S Stern School of Business, find that if Internet Service Providers known as ISPs initiate price discrimination in their pricing, a “recongestion effect” will occur. In other words, online delivery channels that are less congested at the onset of new pricing tiers will eventually become recongested when consumer behavior adjusts.

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New Economic Study Finds Scarcity Breeds Rationality

Through a series of surveys, the researchers determined that people with less time or money to spare are better able to focus on what the purchase might be worth to them.

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Political Correctness in Diverse Workplace Fosters Creativity

People may associate political correctness with conformity but new research finds it also correlates with creativity in work settings. Imposing a norm that sets clear expectations of how women and men should interact with each other into a work environment unexpectedly encourages creativity among mixed-sex work groups by reducing uncertainty in relationships. The study highlights a paradoxical consequence of the political correctness (PC) norm.

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Entrepreneurs to Venture Capitalists: Don’t Be a Scrooge

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A recently published study of more than 550 decisions and responses from 144 experienced entrepreneurs reveals that “knowledge of explicit ethical or unethical behavior (by venture capitalists) profoundly shapes the entrepreneurs’ willingness to partner.”

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Employees of Small, Locally Owned Businesses Have More Company Loyalty, Baylor Study Finds

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Employees at small, locally owned businesses have the highest level of loyalty to their employers — and for rural workers, size and ownership of the company figure even more into their commitment than job satisfaction, a Baylor University study finds.

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Banking Culture Favors Dishonest Behavior, Study Finds

Bank employees are not more dishonest than employees in other industries. However, the business culture in the banking industry implicitly favors dishonest behavior, according to a new economic study.

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Hedgehog Signaling Pathway for Breast Cancer Identified

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Molecules called long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been implicated in breast cancer but exactly why they cause metastasis and tumor growth has been little understood…until now.

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Research Examines Whether It’s Possible to Be Addicted to Entrepreneurship

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Research by Alexander McKelvie, chair and associate professor in the department of entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises, and J. Michael Haynie, Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, examines why some entrepreneurs keep starting new businesses. Researchers looked at the underlying psychological processes that may motivate some entrepreneurs to repeatedly engage in new businesses, despite the possible risks to personal relationships and health. The paper, titled “Habitual Entrepreneurs: Possible Cases of Behavioral Addition?” was published in the Journal of Business Venturing. Co-author was April Spivack (University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh).

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Growth Slows for Mid-America Region in October

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The monthly Mid-Ameirca Business Conditions Index, a leading economic indicator, surveys supply managers in a nine-state region

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Floridians’ Growing Consumer Confidence Falters Just a Smidge

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Consumer sentiment among Floridians dropped a point in October to 82, the first decline in the index since May, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.

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