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COVID-19, systems thinking and preparing for the next pandemic
Supply Chain Management Review
Professor of Logistics Michael Knemeyer writes that supply chain disruptions are inevitable. To handle the next pandemic effectively, though, decision makers need to grasp what worked, what didn’t and why.
May 5, 2021
Why you should worry about the flood of new cash into U.S. stock funds
With investments, popular is not better. And the increase of new cash into stocks doesn't always portend good news. In fact, research by Itzhak Ben-David, the Neil Klatskin Chair in Finance and Real Estate, and Byungwook Kim, focused on the specialized ETFs that are created to capitalize on investor fads and market trends, and which typically receive a big influx of cash soon after launch. They found that these ETFs over their first five years after launch lag the market on a risk-adjusted basis by 5% per year on average.
May 4, 2021
Study: Insurers are overestimating costs, lowering rebates owed to policyholders
A recent study by Andrew Van Buskirk, associate professor of accounting, finds health insurance companies are overestimating costs associated with patient care to avoid triggering rebate provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
April 30, 2021
Stock market valuations have been high for over 20 years — and may never fall again
Research from Rene Stulz, the Everett D. Reese Chair in Banking and Monetary Finance, supports the belief that the shift to a “winner-take-all” economy, in which the largest corporations earn an increasing share of all corporate profits, has resulted in industries being dominated by their very largest companies.
April 23, 2021
COVID-19 disproportionately affected minority businesses, entrepreneurs
Among the trends in entrepreneurship discussed in a new report from the Kenan Institute was the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses: minority- and women-owned firms did not have access to funds available through the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Research by Isil Erel, the David A. Rismiller Chair in Finance and the academic director of the Risk Institute, also showed how the use of fintech and online banking can improve access, "especially to underserved areas with lower incomes and a larger share of the minority population."
April 22, 2021
How more alcohol availability hurts finances for some people
The Ohio State University
A new study by Itzhak Ben-David, the Neil Klatskin Chair in Finance and Real Estate, provides the best evidence to date that an increase in the availability of alcohol is linked to more financial troubles among the disadvantaged.
April 20, 2021
Coinbase IPO: Digital currency won’t replace dollar any time soon
A major trader of digital currency went live on the NASDAQ Wednesday, soaring and plunging in the first few hours of trading. Although it’s an exciting day for digital currency, it doesn’t mark the end of dollars and cents, says Matt Sheridan, a senior lecturer in finance. It does, however, legitimize other crypto assets such as Bitcoin.
April 14, 2021
Science has found what makes the perfect weekend — and it’s not what you’d expect
Once you pencil in that dinner date on your calendar it may spoil your meal before Saturday night even gets here. Research by Assistant Marketing Professor Selin Malkoc suggests that you put down the cell phone, and stop penciling people in for that dinner date on Saturday.
April 12, 2021
Guarding against Zoom fatigue
Fisher College of Business
Why do videoconferences leave us feeling so tired? The answer, according to a team of researchers including Kate Keeler, assistant professor of management and human resources, may center on how connected we feel with others in our virtual meetings.
April 6, 2021
Author Interview: Evan Weingarten and Joe Goodman by The Consumer Researcher
The Consumer Researcher
It's been said experiences, not material purchases, provide consumers with greater happiness. Joe Goodman, chair of the Department of Marketing and Logistics, talks with The Consumer Researcher, a podcast produced by the Journal of Consumer Research, about his newest paper. The project explores the relevance of this "experiential advantage."
March 25, 2021
Some health insurers fudged medical spending numbers: researchers
About 14% of U.S. health insurers impacted their Affordable Care Act medical loss ratio rebate bills before 2016 by overestimating how much they spent on health care, according to a new accounting research by Associate Professor of Accounting Andy Van Buskirk and his colleagues.
March 18, 2021
The high toll of distracted driving and staying safe on the road
While many of us believe we are safe drivers, about eight people die in crashes involving a distracted driver every day in the United States. Phil Renaud, executive director of the the Risk Institute, provides insights into why distracted driving is such a dangerous problem and what can be done to prevent it.
March 17, 2021
Obamacare insurers inflate claims to reduce refunds, study says
Research by Associate Professor of Accounting Professor Andy Van Buskirk and his colleagues details how some Obamacare insurers have used estimating practices to short-change their consumers by hundreds of millions of dollars.
March 16, 2021
Health insurers are over-reporting the cost of benefits — why it matters
Fisher College of Business
The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to report the benefits they pay out to policyholders. Accounting research by Associate Professor Andrew Van Buskirk and his colleagues reveals just how off these reported estimates can be — and why.
March 16, 2021
Strict environmental laws ‘push’ firms to pollute elsewhere
The Ohio State University
Research by Itzhak Ben-David, the Neil Klatskin Chair in Finance and Real Estate at Fisher, shows that tough environmental laws in one country can lead to "carbon leakage" to other nations. The findings underscore the importance of "worldwide collective action to combat climate change."
March 8, 2021
Anti-pollution laws penalize firms whose activities emit CO2. Itzhak Ben-David, the Neil Klatskin Chair in Finance and Real Estate, talk about his research that shows well-intentioned regulation may be causing multinationals to push polluting activities to poorer countries where regulation isn’t so strict.
March 5, 2021
Corporations facing strict environmental laws move pollution overseas
The Academic Times
Research by Itzhak Ben-David, the Neil Klatskin Chair in Finance and Real Estate, and his colleagues shows how countries' strict environmental regulations factor into companies' decisions to locate facilities.
March 3, 2021
Further Reading: The drawbacks of thematic ETFs
Thematic ETFs are one of the big investment stories of the last year, with major success in areas such as clean energy. Yet niche investments come with risks, including the prospect of buying in at the top and structural complications, according to new research from Itzhak Ben-David, the Neil Klatskin Chair in Finance and Real Estate, and his colleagues.
February 23, 2021
Research: We’re losing touch with our networks
Harvard Business Review
With personal and professional networks shrinking by as much as 16% during the pandemic, research is pointing to ways to help prevent us from withdrawing too much. A study by Tanya Menon, professor of management and human resources, says having a strong identity and core values can overcome the tendency to "turtle in."
February 12, 2021
'People are dying because of it': DeWine looks to strengthen Ohio's distracted driving laws
Phil Renaud, executive director of the Risk Institute, said the governor's new distracted driving measures are part of a larger strategy for eliminating the problem. Through research and building partnerships, The Risk Institute is addressing distracted driving through legislation, behavior, technology, and urban planning/infrastructure design.
February 11, 2021
New ETFs, forced to chase trends, shorten their own lives
The Wall Street Journal
A study by Itzhak Ben-David, the Neil Klatskin Chair in Finance and Real Estate, and Fisher PhD candidate Byung Wook Kim finds that many new ETFs invest in overvalued stocks, and then lag behind the broad market’s returns.
February 5, 2021
Working women dropping in droves due to pandemic
A new study with ties to Ohio State details just how many working women are sacrificing their own careers to help with childcare during the pandemic. Associate Professor of Management and Human Resources Tracy Dumas discusses the disproportionality as well as ways employers can help accommodate employees who are responsible for childcare.
February 3, 2021
Ohio State finance professor explains what’s happening with Robinhood and GameStop
Finance lecturer Matt Sheridan on the Robinhood and GameStop situation: "This is so crazy that if this was the plot of an episode of Showtime’s "Billions," people would think it’s too unrealistic." He explains the factors at play in the unique investing situation.
January 28, 2021