Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Economists have studied the effects of immigration on labor markets for a long time, especially how immigration impacts wages and human capital. However, research on how immigration affects non-wage job characteristics is less common, and the effects of immigrant workers on native job amenities is studied even less. Associate Professor of Economics Timothy Bond and his fellow researchers provide a theoretical framework for understanding how immigrants impact native job amenities.
Sunday, May 1, 2022
In most countries, traffic accidents are teenagers’ leading cause of death, with risky driving accounting for a large fraction of those teen deaths. Driving restrictions have been implemented by many governments to reduce these risks, with varying degrees of success. New research from Purdue University’s Timothy Moore finds that a ban on nighttime driving with multiple passengers more than halved crashes, casualties, and deaths targeted by the ban.
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Properly refinancing a mortgage can lead to lower mortgage payments and better interest rates. However, new research shows that refinancing decisions are influenced by one’s neighbors, especially if they belong to the same racial group. In his paper “Household Mortgage Refinancing Decisions Are Neighbor Influenced, Especially Along Racial Lines,” soon to be published in the Journal of Urban Economics, Purdue Assistant Professor of Management W. Ben McCartney and his fellow researchers examine how a homeowner’s immediate neighbors impact mortgage refinancing decisions.
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
According to work-life expert Ellen Ernst Kossek, the Krannert School’s Basil S. Turner Distinguished Professor of Management, the COVID-19 pandemic created a seismic disruption to work and nonwork boundaries, particularly among women. Both the popular press and scholarly research suggest that the coronavirus pandemic has set back women’s careers and gender equality a generation.
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Balancing the impacts of public policy on people’s health and their wallets has become even more relevant since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay-at-home orders were widely implemented in the US to combat the spread of the virus, but their benefits came at costs to employment, earnings, and spending felt by millions of people.
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
New research from Purdue University's Krannert School of Management finds that individuals who are more creative at age 7 tend to have higher career earnings and land in better-quality jobs. Childhood creativity also boosts education attainment. Parents and educators can foster creativity in children by encouraging independent thinking and recognizing creative success.
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Lawsuits filed in the last few years illustrate a well-founded belief in accounting circles: overstatements in financial reporting are more likely to trigger lawsuits than understatements because it's easier to show investor harm. "If a company understates, people are surprised in a good way," says Jonathan Black, assistant professor of accounting in Krannert School of Management. "The economic reality is better than the picture that was painted in the financial statements, so they are less likely to initiate a lawsuit."
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
A variety of circumstances, from perceived inequities to unreasonable expectations, can trigger workplace conflict. If left to smolder, this conflict can flare up into costly outcomes that may include absenteeism, turnover, arbitration and litigation. Perhaps worst of all, it may produce a dysfunctional culture that stifles innovation and hinders an organization's effectiveness. Putting out the sparks of conflict before they ignite is one of the goals of Integrated Conflict Management Systems (ICMS), which place the responsibility of conflict resolution directly on managers and employees, rather than ombudspersons, human resource personnel, mediators, arbitrators and others.
Thursday, October 7, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has put immense stress on hospitals around the country, many of them struggling to provide enough beds to accommodate the surge in patients. To create room for all these new patients, hospitals have been forced to discharge existing patients earlier than expected. Sending them home early alleviates overcrowding and reduces costs, but it may put their health at risk, increasing the chances that they'll be back in hospital beds within a few weeks.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
You just got off the phone with a customer service representative at a credit card company. The rep was friendly and helpful, making you feel good about your relationship with the company. A minute later, your phone rings. It's an automated recording asking if you'd like to participate in a survey about your customer service experience. Such surveys are an increasingly common way for companies to measure customer service satisfaction. They want to find out if your customer service experience will help them retain you as a customer.
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Just as you can get a ride through Uber and book a room through Airbnb, you can use an on-demand service platform to make an appointment with a doctor. The doctor will see you through a computer, tablet or smartphone. Such remote consultations help extend healthcare resources from cities to rural areas and may also keep patients from making unnecessary visits to hospitals.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Home-sharing platforms, particularly Airbnb, have enjoyed tremendous growth over the last decade, as property owners have capitalized on the opportunity to offer rooms, apartments and entire homes to travelers seeking short-term rentals. The proliferation of Airbnb properties has sparked criticism that Airbnb hosts are snatching up homes that would otherwise be listed in the residential rental or housing market, thus reducing supply and driving up prices.
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Donna and Rhonda work at the same office and have comparable job responsibilities. Yet things are quite different at their respective homes, where they live with working partners. Donna has few responsibilities compared to her partner, Kim, who handles almost all the domestic chores and takes time off from work whenever their child is sick. Rhonda, on the other hand, often feels overwhelmed with housework and the burdens of raising four children, and so does her husband, Mark, who shares the household duties and also takes care of an aging parent.
Thursday, August 12, 2021
If you're out of laundry detergent in America, you're likely to get into your car and drive to a big-box or mid-sized store that's part of a national or regional chain. If you're in India, you'll probably take a stroll to a tiny store in your neighborhood, where hundreds of consumer goods are within reach of a storekeeper eager to serve you. About 12 million small stores operate in India, occupying street corners and other spaces in residential areas and generating more than 90 percent of retail sales.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
The proliferation of online marketplace lending has been disrupting the consumer credit market, giving borrowers increased options for consolidating debt and building credit. Although marketplace lenders like the Lending Club, Prosper and others can transcend the geographic boundaries of traditional banks, the ultimate benefits to marketplace borrowers can still differ because local opportunities to replace marketplace loans vary.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
A Purdue University faculty expert on crime is painting a more comprehensive picture of the effects of lockdown policies on domestic violence. The picture is a discouraging one. While COVID-19 pandemic-related stay-at-home, or SAH, orders undoubtedly saved many lives, new research highlights the effects of changes to expected police procedures, and a need to better protect the vulnerable. During a stay-at-home order, one might expect reported domestic crimes and arrests to increase. In at least one major American city, they in fact fell, even as there was a large increase in 911 calls.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Why do some firms routinely acquire more technology than others? That’s the central question addressed in a recent study by Luis Rios, an assistant professor in the strategic management area at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. The paper, “On the origin of technological acquisition strategy: The interaction between organizational plasticity and environmental munificence,” was recently published in Strategic Management Journal.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Leaving a safe and secure job to pursue a business venture as an entrepreneur can be a daunting endeavor. What motivates these people to take the leap of faith? A new study coauthored by Jordan Nielsen, an assistant professor at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management, examines events that may motivate people to leave their employment and pursue entrepreneurship.