In spite of the broad scientific consensus about its existence, global warming remains a contentious public policy issue. Yet it’s also an issue that requires a public consensus to support policies that might curb or counteract it.
A new paper co-authored by a pair of University of Illinois economists says increasing resource misallocation in Portugal contributed to at least 15 years of sluggish economic growth – a conclusion that also could explain the poor economic performance of similar peripheral European Union countries in the lead-up to the eurozone crisis of 2009.
Publicly traded corporations are increasingly publishing social responsibility reports for investors, who now consider such information alongside traditional financial data before investing in a company. But according to new research from a University of Illinois expert in financial reporting and financial statement analysis, less-numerate investors are more susceptible to style and presentation effects of the reports, potentially leading them to make unintended judgments about the company.
In the American South, race has been shown in numerous studies to play a role in municipal annexation decisions: predominantly white municipalities were less likely to extend the city limits to include adjacent areas with a higher percentage of African-American residents, according to prior studies.
But how are annexation decisions made in the Midwest, where an increase in immigration has resulted in an uptick in the Hispanic population? That’s the question two University of Illinois researchers set out to answer.
Academic research associations should found their own nonprofit journals to avoid the substantially higher subscription rates of commercial publishers, says U. of I. finance professor Don Fullerton.