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Q&A with BYU economics professor addresses supply chain shortages, price surges and what to expect in the post-pandemic economy

June 01, 2021
The interconnected reasons your favorite products might be facing a shortage.
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BYU student-driven 1918 dataset details how pandemics spread

January 19, 2021
BYU professors and students developed a tool that can auto-index the cause of death from death certificates.
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Christmas shopping: When time’s running out, bargain buyers cave in and pay full price

December 01, 2020
While you might expect item prices to stabilize when consumers can easily compare among sellers, there’s often a surprising disparity, a phenomenon called “price dispersion.” Theories abound as to why, but a new model developed by economics professor Brennan Platt highlights one very significant factor: buyers’ search timelines.
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Reports of domestic violence on the rise during pandemic, BYU study finds

August 21, 2020
The conditions created by COVID-19—unexpected time at home, unemployment and financial insecurity, anxiety and stress—are the same conditions known to aggravate domestic violence.
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Increasing workplace diversity: It’s simpler than you think

August 08, 2019
In the United States, nearly 90 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are white males, while less than four percent of CEOs are African American or Hispanic. With these numbers in mind, companies are constantly trying different strategies to increase diversity in the workplace.
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How valuable is financial aid to low-income students?

July 29, 2019
In the 2015-16 academic year, students received $28 billion in Federal Pell Grants. The monetary assistance helps students who display exceptional financial need pay for their tuition. But more than the dollar amount is how that aid helps college students shape the rest of their lives.
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New study: Thousands of lives could be saved by reducing air pollution levels

July 24, 2019
The estimate of lives that could be saved by further reduction of air pollution levels is more than thirty thousand, which is similar to the number of deaths from car accidents each year.
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BYU announces construction of new West View Building

November 14, 2018
New building will replace Faculty Office Building
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100 years later: Find out who in your family was a WWI veteran

November 07, 2018
Joshua Seth Hunt grew up knowing he carried the namesake of his great granduncle, Moroni Seth McConkie, who was killed in a French train accident while serving in World War I.
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Uber and public transit: friends or foes?

November 04, 2018
Depends on the size of the city, new study finds
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Prioritizing, connecting and empathizing: A Q&A with the student commencement speaker

April 23, 2017
At BYU's Commencement exercises this week, Thomas Stone will represent the graduates as the student speaker.

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Americans missed out on $5.4 billion by not refinancing, study says

February 27, 2017
BYU economics professor Jaren Pope found that when interest rates dropped, 20 percent of American homeowners who could have benefited from refinancing didn’t, leaving a total of $5.4 billion on the table.

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BYU researcher links air pollution to blood vessel damage

October 24, 2016
BYU professor Arden Pope has studied the environmental economics of air pollution for decades, showing that air pollution causes cardiovascular problems. Now he's showing how it does so.

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Focusing on People and the Moments that Matter Most: A Q&A with the Student Commencement Speaker

August 07, 2016
At BYU's Commencement exercises this month, Marcos Gallo will represent the graduates as the student speaker. Like his fellow classmates, Gallo, has accomplished a lot during his time at BYU. 

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BYU study: Is an elite university worth the price tag?

January 30, 2016
While going to an elite, selective university may mean higher potential earnings for some majors, BYU researchers found that for the majority, there is little difference.

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Study: Eat school lunch after recess

January 12, 2015
Because of a federal rule, kids throw away millions of dollars of fruits and vegetables every single day at school.

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Cougar Queries: "ECON 110 is fascinating"

November 04, 2014
Cougar Queries is a series profiling BYU employees by asking them a few simple questions about their work, interests and life. Today we meet Eric Eide, Professor and Department Chair of Economics.

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“Moral victories” might spare you from losing again

July 20, 2014
New research finds a strong tendency among coaches to overreact to close losses - and those hasty adjustments backfire in the long run. 

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