Inflation: the supermarket business model is too fragile to shield customers from rising food prices

This article’s author is Lisa Jack, a professor of accounting, University of Portsmouth. Food prices, like almost everything else, are rising fast. There have recently been warnings of “apocalyptic” costs, and a declaration that the “era of cheap food” is over. Such announcements have been linked to creaking economies trying to recover from the pandemicContinue reading “Inflation: the supermarket business model is too fragile to shield customers from rising food prices”

Stablecoin volatility shows an urgent need for regulation to protect consumers

This article’s author is Matthew Shillito, a lecturer in Law, University of Liverpool. Some cryptocurrencies have always been fairly volatile, with values soaring or plunging within a short space of time. So for the more cautious investor, “stablecoins” were considered the sensible place to go. As the name implies, they are designed to be aContinue reading “Stablecoin volatility shows an urgent need for regulation to protect consumers”

Giving people money with no strings attached is good for their health, dozens of studies indicate

The big idea This article’s author is Sze Yan Liu, an assistant Professor of Public Health, Montclair State University. When people living in poverty in countries like Malawi, Indonesia and Ecuador receive cash payments without having to do anything in return, they have better health, according to a scientific review of a large body ofContinue reading “Giving people money with no strings attached is good for their health, dozens of studies indicate”

Working in the metaverse: what virtual office life could look like

The article’s author is Sam Gilbert, an affiliated researcher, Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge. In the context of work, the digital divide has become less about access to devices and connectivity and more about skills and mindset. Many experienced professionals have never learned more than the rudimentary basics of email, web searchContinue reading “Working in the metaverse: what virtual office life could look like”

Electric car supplies are running out – and could drastically slow down the journey to net-zero

The article’s author is Tom Stacey, a senior lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management, Anglia Ruskin University. The road map to replacing old fashioned carbon emitting cars with electric vehicles is well developed – at least in theory. All the major car makers (and even some of the smaller ones) are publicly committed toContinue reading “Electric car supplies are running out – and could drastically slow down the journey to net-zero”

Using ‘science’ to market cookies and other products meant for pleasure backfires with consumers

The authors of this article are Rebecca Walker Reczek (professor of marketing, Ohio Sate University), Aviva Philipp-Muller (doctoral candidate in social psychology, Ohio State University), and John Costello (assistant professor of Marketing, University of Notre Dame). The big idea When companies say a product meant for pleasure was developed using science, consumers are less likelyContinue reading “Using ‘science’ to market cookies and other products meant for pleasure backfires with consumers”

Ethnic poverty: dividing and excluding people keeps them poor

This article is written by Tolu Olarewaju, a Lecturer in Management, Keele University. Sub-Saharan African countries are the most ethnically diverse in the world. Within each African country there are more ethnic groups than there are in most of the world’s countries. In fact, the world’s 20 most ethnically diverse countries are all African. AnContinue reading “Ethnic poverty: dividing and excluding people keeps them poor”

Inflation should be viewed as public enemy number 1: here’s why

This article is written by Jannie Rossouw, a visiting Professor at the Business School, University of the Witwatersrand. Inflation is a process of sustained increases in the general price level over a period of time, typically 12 months. Inflation can be calculated for a country, for specific regions in a country and for different incomeContinue reading “Inflation should be viewed as public enemy number 1: here’s why”

Spinning wheels: Why the sector’s lobbying has come up empty

This article is written by John Lorinc, a Toronto-based journalist and editor. According to early speculation, the federal budget that Liberal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will table later this spring is going to be one for the ages. As Freeland herself commented at a news conference in late January, the budget “will be the mostContinue reading “Spinning wheels: Why the sector’s lobbying has come up empty”