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Economics - 25.04.2024
Weeding out the dealers in Canada’s cannabis market
McGill University study presents strategy to stamp out illicit market for cannabis amid wave of policy shifts in North America It's been five years since Canada stepped into the forefront of cannabis legalization, setting a significant precedent in the realm of drug policy. With Canada and 24 US states now embracing recreational cannabis, the battle against the illegal market remains a key concern, one highlighted in the federal government's final report on the Cannabis Act.

Economics - 29.02.2024
How to survive the arrival of a mega-retailer like Walmart
How to survive the arrival of a mega-retailer like Walmart
Study shows that new, small retail businesses in non-metropolitan cities can hold their own against a giant by selling complementary products and offering personalized service Walmart stores need no introduction. This American banner has established itself as the world champion in the retail category.

Social Sciences - Economics - 17.01.2024
SDG-washing found among Canada's top companies
SDG-washing found among Canada’s top companies
Canadian corporations that commit their operations and financial capital to SDG's found to have decreased their community investment Canada's biggest companies often speak of their plans to be more sustainable, but a new study found corporations aren't fully backing up those commitments. A team of University of Waterloo researchers concluded that corporate investing in communities fell despite an increase in companies committing to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the last decade.

Psychology - Economics - 24.11.2023
The Psychology of Success in Data Science Contest Design
Researcher from the School of Accounting and Finance explores how nonmonetary factors impact contestant behavior and effort levels By Kelsey Stoddart School of Accounting and Finance In today's data-driven world, holding data science competitions is a popular way to address real-world problems. Companies leverage these competitions to crowdsource solutions and strategically attract potential employees.

Environment - Economics - 19.10.2023
How fintech firms can advance sustainability goals
Financial technology companies should move beyond ESG standards to embrace "Impact fintech" "Impact Fintech" is a new term coined by researchers at the University of Waterloo's School of Environment, Enterprise and Development which describes a new category of financial technology firm - one that moves beyond ESG standards and instead embraces the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Economics - Computer Science - 28.09.2023
When CEOs admit they have failed, stock analysts value their companies more highly: UBC study
In business, leaders rarely want to take accountability for unfavourable company performance - but a new study from the UBC Sauder School of Business shows that when they do, they might actually boost the value of their companies. In the study titled " The role of CEO accounts and perceived integrity in analysts' forecasts ," researchers electronically combed through more than 35,000 CEO conference calls to investors that spanned 12 years (2002-2013), and looked at whether the companies performed favourably or unfavourably.

Economics - 14.09.2023
How businesses recognize employee achievement impacts engagement, motivation and performance
New research shows that team-based recognition can be effective in settings where performance is highly interdependent, and teamwork is essential to the company's success. Businesses are becoming increasingly competitive as they fight to recruit and retain top talent. Recognition programs are widespread across businesses and workplaces, and are used to improve employee engagement, while motivating employee effort and performance.

Environment - Economics - 13.09.2023
Disrupting the myth of water abundance in Ontario
New research reveals half of our watersheds have a moderate to high potential for water risk Ontario may seem to be a water secure region, but new research out of the University of Waterloo challenges the myth of water abundance in the Great Lakes watershed. Using a first-of-its-kind risk analysis, researchers connected water quality, quantity, regulations and public concern to obtain a more comprehensive picture of water security at the local level.

Economics - 02.08.2023
How brands address getting called out on Twitter affects their bottom line
New research shows how social media engagement on Twitter impacts customer satisfaction In the digital age, a new Twitter strategy can have implications for a healthy bottom line. How companies handle customer complaints on social media plays a critical role in their customer-focused performance management systems.

Career - Economics - 24.07.2023
Employers should allow workers to break the rules - sometimes
When employees break the rules at work, they can land in hot water - but according to a new study from the UBC Sauder School of Business, bosses may want to think twice about cracking down on those who don't stick to the script. In the past, researchers believed that when employees broke the rules, they were doing it for malicious or self-serving reasons: for example, workers might steal, or take longer breaks than they're entitled to.

Environment - Economics - 05.07.2023
A wildlife market on the dark web
A study has found that wild animal and plant species are being secretly bought and sold online, mainly for use in recreational drugs. An Australian research team investigating the trade in wild animals and plants on the dark web scanned about 2 million ads over five years and found nearly 3,500 were for wildlife.

Economics - 06.04.2023
Higher employee performance with charitable donation rewards instead of cash rewards
April 6, 2023 Offering employees rewards that pay it forward can help motivate them to achieve more. By Kaitlin O'Brien School of Accounting and Finance As workplace practices continue to shift, organizations are finding inventive ways to keep their employees motivated and committed to reaching their goals.

Economics - Innovation - 16.03.2023
Taking to the skies: The novel approach reshaping how real estate economics is understood
Taking to the skies: The novel approach reshaping how real estate economics is understood
How Western researchers used remote sensing to better understand our cities By Justin Zadorsky , By Justin Zadorsky , March 16, 2023 When professor Diana Mok was completing her PhD, she had a chance encounter with a roommate that has since inspired novel research into housing more than 20 years later.

Innovation - Economics - 13.02.2023
The era of globalization isn’t over, new study argues
The entire world would benefit if the U.S. and China acted as partners instead of rivals Reports of globalization's death are premature, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Waterloo, the University of British Columbia and the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai.

Economics - Health - 12.01.2023
Study refutes industry claims that ban on menthol cigarettes leads to increased use of illegal smokes
Study refutes industry claims that ban on menthol cigarettes leads to increased use of illegal smokes
A new research study has found that banning menthol cigarettes does not lead more smokers to purchase menthols from illicit sources, contradicting claims made by the tobacco industry that the proposed ban of menthol cigarettes in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will lead to a significant increase in illicit cigarettes.

Economics - 09.01.2023
’Keeping up with the Joneses’
The inequality gap is increasing and so is conspicuous consumption By Wendy Philpott University Relations Our very human tendency to want to "keep up with the Joneses" is as apparent today as ever. In fact, research shows that over the past decade, conspicuous consumption has intensified in developed economies.

Economics - Psychology - 15.12.2022
Bots with feelings: Study explores how human customers react to AI chatbots with emotions
Artificial intelligence chatbots that show positive feelings - such as adding an -I am excited to do so!- or a few exclamation marks - do not necessarily translate into positive reactions or contribute to higher customer satisfaction, according to a recent study by researchers from the University of South Florida, the Georgia Institute of Technology and McGill University.

Economics - 20.10.2022
Systemic gender barriers mean going it alone may not be the answer for all new women entrepreneurs in Canada
Gender-equal ownership can help women overcome the systemic barriers their new businesses face A new study reveals that inexperienced entrepreneurial women in Canada still see more success when partnering with experienced men than when partnering with experienced women or going it alone. That is the key finding from research coming out of the University of Waterloo and Statistics Canada based on an analysis of 183,358 unique Canadian business ventures from 2006 to 2017 and the impact of co-ownership by women and men.

Economics - 12.10.2022
Daily movie theatre ticket sales can predict stock market returns
Daily movie theatre ticket sales can predict stock market returns
Box office earnings create upward pressure on stock prices for at least five days Daily box office earnings can accurately predict stock market returns, according to a new study. Traditionally quarterly and monthly consumption data is used to predict stock market performance. But using box office earnings - a measure that captures consumption on a more frequent basis - offers more timely and relevant data for decision-makers in the financial markets.

Economics - 18.08.2022
Speculation taxes are not an effective tool in curbing house prices
Speculation taxes are not an effective tool in curbing house prices
Speculation taxes rarely dissuades large-scale investors from purchasing property and leaving it vacant. As the Ontario housing market enters a potentially volatile phase, new research from the University of Waterloo shows how tax policy has proven ineffective in controlling prices. The report specifically looked at market behaviour of the nine largest Ontario population centres between 2011 and 2021 - a time of significant price increases across the province.