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States find rewards from high-tech investments, given time and patience

State investments in high-tech development generally pay off, given time, patience and modest expections, according to a University of Illinois study.

Political ideology and social norms can play a role in donation decisions, study says

New research from U. of I. business professor and branding expert Carlos J. Torelli provides a more nuanced understanding of the role of political ideology and social norms on donation decisions.

Research suggests sexual appeals in ads don’t sell brands, products

Sexy ads stick in the memory more but don’t sell the brand or product, according to research that analyzed nearly 80 advertising studies published over three decades.

Fracturing social networks among business elites empower shareholder activism

Activist investors have become increasingly successful in agitating for change in publicly held companies, and there’s little that business elites can do to rebuff their influence, says research from U. of I. labor professor Richard Benton.

Increased number of female engineers in managerial roles brings unintended consequences

Increased female representation in the managerial ranks of engineering organizations may add another layer of sex segregation on top of the one it’s intended to mitigate, says a new paper from U. of I. labor professor M. Teresa Cardador.

Paper: State of Illinois’ middle class shrinking

The state of Illinois’ sizable middle class has experienced a consistent but multifaceted squeeze since roughly 1980, according to Robert Habans, a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois.

Would a laptop and tablet ban enhance air travel security?

Computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the proposed Department of Homeland Security ban of laptop and tablet computers in the passenger cabins of certain flights.

New book gives voice to people who grew up in poverty in India

A new book co-written by a University of Illinois professor who studies subsistence marketplaces chronicles the daily struggles of 13 ordinary people living in India who grew up in poverty.

Paper: Nutrition label readers favor food quality over quantity

Although nutrition-label users eat roughly the same amount of food as less-discerning diners, the two groups diverge when it comes to the quality of the food they eat, says a new paper co-written by Brenna Ellison, a professor of agriculture and consumer economics at Illinois and an expert in consumer food preferences and behaviors.

For competitive edge, keep an eye on competition's ex-employees

Business administration professor Deepak Somaya says even when companies are sophisticated about how to generate and capture value from their former employees, they overlook the value of competitive intelligence on their competitors’ alumni and how those ex-employees might, in turn, affect their bottom line.