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Updated: 2017-11-21T18:47:43Z

 



First Look at New Research and Ideas, November 21, 2017

2017-11-21T11:46:12-05:00

Employers pay too much attention to degrees ... A health care provider ponders new markets.



How Independent Bookstores Have Thrived in Spite of Amazon.com

2017-11-21T13:53:25-05:00

A few years ago, Ryan Raffaelli set out to discover how independent bookstores have managed to survive and even thrive in spite of Amazon and other online retailers. His initial findings reveal how much consumers still value community and personal contact.



Equity Concerns Are Narrowly Framed

2017-11-17T11:59:53-05:00

Research by Christine L. Exley and Judd B. Kessler finds that individuals tend to differentiate in their concerns about fairness along specific dimensions, especially time and money, and are much more worried about fairness in one (time) than the other (money). These attitudes may help explain a seemingly wide variety of phenomena.






How Does a Social Startup Decide to Commercialize? It May Depend on the Founder's Gender

2017-11-16T13:13:03-05:00

How does the founder of a social venture decide to create a "hybrid" business rather than a traditional nonprofit organization? The decision has a lot to do with the founder’s gender, according to new research by Stefan Dimitriadis, Matthew Lee, Lakshmi Ramarajan, and Julie Battilana.



New Research and Ideas: November 14, 2017

2017-11-14T09:47:52-05:00

Watching violent crimes...Attracting truthful customer reviews...Approving medical devices



Want to Be Happier? Spend Some Money on Avoiding Household Chores

2017-11-13T10:32:00-05:00

Buying our way out of the negative moments in the day is an important key to happiness, according to research by Ashley V. Whillans, Michael I. Norton, Elizabeth W. Dunn, Paul Smeets, and Rene Bekkers.



Intermediation in the Supply of Agricultural Products in Developing Economies

2017-11-09T10:18:41-05:00

This paper develops insights into the structural drivers of farmer and supply chain profitability in emerging market supply chains, then studies the impact of an e-intermediary (i.e., a digitally-enabled new supply channel) on this profitability. Results provide a more balanced perspective on the value of e-intermediation compared to the generally positive view that is advanced by case studies.



Handgun Waiting Periods Prevent Hundreds of Homicides Each Year

2017-11-09T13:02:40-05:00

Waiting-period laws reduce gun-related homicides by 17 percent and gun-related suicides by up to 11 percent, according to a study by Deepak Malhotra, Michael Luca, and Christopher Poliquin.



New Research and Ideas: November 7, 2017

2017-11-08T10:35:25-05:00

Founder CEOs manage badly...Sniff your spouse to reduce stress...The Russian Revolution remains relevant