Breaking down the fear barrier: How the consumer learning effect can increase vaccination uptake

Vaccination programs have the potential to substantially reduce the health and economic burden of many common diseases. However, vaccine uptake is far from optimal. One suggested reason for this is a general fear and mistrust of vaccinations. In their paper ‘Learning to Trust Flu Shots’ Jürgen Maurer and Katherine Harris investigate how the consumer learning process can help build trust and improve influenza vaccination use.

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Left in the dark: Why transparency isn’t always best for institutionalizing corporate responsibility

Transparency is usually seen as integral to corporate responsibility best practice. It allows closer scrutiny of those firms claiming CR credentials. But, if we want optimal outcomes in terms of industry wide adoption of CR practices, it may pay to tolerate a little hypocrisy at times – rather than highlighting the difference between what a firm says about CR and what it actually does.

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Managing the expectations trade-off: Why flexible agreements often prove counter-productive

A common criticism of economics is that economic theory often fails to predict real world events, spectacularly so in some cases. More recently, however, a more empirical approach to economics has emerged that combines economic theory, psychology, and laboratory experimentation, in order to better understand decision making in real life situations.

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Chaplin’s World: How accounting can reconcile arts and culture with the world of business

When business and art collide, there are inevitably concerns that stakeholder interests will undermine creativity and artistic integrity. However, research by Anette Mikes and Felicitas Morhart shows that it is possible to reconcile commercialization with artistic and cultural activities.

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Criticism to campaigns: Understanding activist strategy and the private politics chain

Much of the day-to-day criticism aimed at organizations on the internet and in the mainstream media may seem relatively innocuous. Yet new research suggests organizations would be wise to pay attention. Such criticism may well signal early strategic maneuvering as activists identify their targets for far more damaging actions, such as boycotts and campaigns.

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The economic cycle of fear: How panic fuelled a global recession

As President Franklin D Roosevelt famously once observed: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. It is an aphorism that policymakers should take note of, given the findings of research by Philippe Bacchetta and Eric van Wincoop into the causes of the Great Recession.

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Reducing the cost of unemployment: The importance of overall impact when designing effective policy

Research shows that policies designed to encourage people into work have an impact beyond the individual, at a market level. These market effects may produce unanticipated, unintended and even undesired consequences.

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The DNA of war: Deciphering the economic causes and consequences of conflict

When we think about the consequences of war we tend to think about the immediate casualties, the lost lives and the injured. Yet war also has many debilitating long term economic effects, including some that make the prospects of further conflict and misery much more likely.

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Challenging assumptions: A new perspective on corporate governance

In the last quarter of 2015 the emissions scandal at Volkswagen thrust corporate governance firmly back in the spotlight. It is increasingly clear that, in the global economic ecosystem, inhabited by many different types of organizations and a broad range of stakeholders, a one-size-fits-all approach to corporate governance is not appropriate.

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