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Analysts and Investors Penalize Diversity

Analysts and Investors Penalize Diversity

by Alberto Manconi

The forecast of earnings per share and the money provided by institutional investors are systematically lower for target companies with more diversified top management  

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When Motivating Sellers, Humor Can Be a Double Edged Sword

When Motivating Sellers, Humor Can Be a Double Edged Sword

by Paolo Guenzi

When used as affiliative humor, it can raise the morale of sales teams, but when employed aggressively as irony or sarcasm, it exacerbates stress and spoils the psychological climate of selling teams  

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Welfare Policy Lags Behind the Care Needs of an Aging Population

Welfare Policy Lags Behind the Care Needs of an Aging Population

by Elisabetta Notarnicola

Italian social policy hasn't evolved to deal with a greying population, so that to care for their elderly, families have to rely on the evergrowing network of personal caregivers in one out of three cases  

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Advertising Algorithms and Digital Oligopoly

Advertising Algorithms and Digital Oligopoly

by Francesco Decarolis

In the online advertising market, based on auction mechanisms, strengthening the power of ad buyers could counterbalance the power of oligopolies more effectively than big fines and trustbusting  

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Three Stars That Affect Everything

Three Stars That Affect Everything

by Giada Di Stefano

The competitive dynamics of an industry change when credible operators introduce a form of ranking. The case of the Michelin Guide entering the Washington market  

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With an Outsider on the Board, Performance Markedly Improves

With an Outsider on the Board, Performance Markedly Improves

by Alessandro Minichilli and Daniela Montemerlo

SDA Bocconi's Corporate Governance Lab highlights the relationship between entry of external board members and profitability in nonlisted companies  

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Does Austerity Kill?

Does Austerity Kill?

by Veronica Toffolutti

Fiscal policy has an impact on mortality rates and suicide rates. Fiscal contraction or expansion can cause health effects  

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It's Better to Raise Rates Than Inflate Bubbles

It's Better to Raise Rates Than Inflate Bubbles

by Stefano Rossi

A study shows that credit cycles generate investment cycles due to irrational expectations. Thus central banks should not take a laissezfaire stance that accommodates bubbles because shortterm benefits are lower than mediumterm costs  

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The Mafia Only Threatens During Election Cycles

The Mafia Only Threatens During Election Cycles

by Gianmarco Daniele

A study shows that the violence of criminal organizations affects local politicians and in particular new mayors in the first month after taking office  

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Careful, Companies! Pay Attention to Your Tone of Voice, You Are not Salesmen

Careful, Companies! Pay Attention to Your Tone of Voice, You Are not Salesmen

by Anatoli Colicev

Firm generated content is a precursor to future profitability. But researchers say to beware of sounding too positive, and use a neutral approach. In the end, it's who you are in reality that counts  

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Social Investors. How to Measure Their Impact

Social Investors. How to Measure Their Impact

by Elisa Ricciuti

Changing the system of social investment is the watchword emerging from a survey conducted by Bocconi CERGAS on 339 philanthropists. Conversely, few interviewees referred to the concept of sustainability  

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Fondazione Agnelli Supports Bocconi Research that Affects Business

Fondazione Agnelli Supports Bocconi Research that Affects Business

by Fabio Todesco

The Avvocato Giovanni Agnelli Associate Professorship in Economics has been assigned to Francesco Decarolis, a scholar who analyzes how markets work and designs innovative solutions to promote competition and social welfare  

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Making Companies and Human Resources Agile

Making Companies and Human Resources Agile

by Marco Sampietro and Lorenzo Diaferia

Originating in the IT sector, the Agile approach is aimed at achieving value and performance for customers. The human resources corporate function is crucial for its implementation, but Italian companies still lack enough experience dealing with it  

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