UBC Sauder School of Business
The ugly truth: more consumers will buy unattractive fruits and veggies when they’re labeled ‘ugly’
Few marketers would recommend that clients call their products ugly — but new research from UBC Sauder shows that when it comes to selling misshapen fruits and vegetables, labeling them as “ugly” can be a recipe for marketing success, while diverting millions of tons of edible produce from landfills.
Mar 9, 2021
Investors who try to time the market take on more risk and make less money: study
A handful of online investors recently made a fortune on the Reddit-fueled runup of GameStop and other underperforming stocks — but a new study from the UBC Sauder School of Business shows that active traders who try to time the market are more likely to end up on the losing end of the equation.
Feb 18, 2021
Crowdfunding can affect consumer product choices — especially when the products do good
A new study from the UBC Sauder School of Business shows that people will pay far more for social good items when they’re crowdfunded.
Dec 16, 2020
More Republicans follow COVID guidelines when they’re told it will protect themselves: study
For decades, scientists have predicted that a deadly pandemic would sweep the globe — but what they didn’t expect was that basic public health measures such as mask wearing and social distancing would become political flashpoints, especially in the United States.
Nov 2, 2020
Study says basic mindfulness can be key to solving workplace conflict
Workplaces are fraught with conflict — but according to a new study from the UBC Sauder School of Business, there’s an effective way to help manage conflict on the job: mindfulness.
Sep 9, 2020
Want to fuel your personal performance? You’re probably choosing the wrong foods
A new study from the UBC Sauder School of Business shows people incorrectly believe that sugary, fatty foods will supercharge their activities.
Jul 30, 2020
New study reveals people more likely to donate when reminded of own mortality
New research from the UBC Sauder School of Business shows that people are 30 per cent more likely to donate their assets when faced with their own mortality.
Jul 8, 2020
Get it over with, or procrastinate? New research explores our decision-making process
When it’s time to schedule a vacation, most people will do it right away. But when it comes to booking a root canal, some people will procrastinate while others will put it at the top of their to-do list.
Jun 2, 2020
What will the post-pandemic workplace look like?
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in millions of people working from home. As businesses begin to reopen, employees may find themselves in a very different workplace than before the pandemic.
May 25, 2020
Consumers value products more on sunny and snowy days but not when it rains
A new UBC Sauder School of Business study reveals that sunny and snowy conditions trigger consumers to mentally visualize using products associated with the respective weather, which leads to consumers placing a higher value on them.
Feb 27, 2020
UBC experts on Vancouver’s 2019 Empty Homes Tax data
The City of Vancouver released initial 2019 Empty Homes Tax statistics this morning, which showed that almost 15 per cent fewer properties were declared vacant last year. UBC experts are available to comment.
Feb 7, 2020
New study finds companies with women on corporate boards are more innovative, efficient
If there were a straightforward and cost-effective way for businesses to fuel groundbreaking innovation, improve efficiency, spur growth, increase competitiveness and reduce risk, they would almost surely adopt it.
Feb 6, 2020
Resale ticket markets benefit sports teams and fans
New research co-authored by Yanwen Wang, an assistant professor in the UBC Sauder School of Business, reveals that the resale ticket market also appeals to sports fans who normally buy season tickets.
Jan 14, 2020
UBC experts on transit strike
Transit users across Metro Vancouver are preparing for a full-scale bus and SeaBus shutdown on Wednesday as the union representing bus operators and maintenance workers continues negotiations with the Coast Mountain Bus Company.
Nov 26, 2019
UBC Sauder’s prediction markets forecast federal election outcome
A stock market at the UBC Sauder School of Business is aiming to predict the outcome of Canada’s upcoming federal election.
Oct 15, 2019
How to make carbon pricing palatable to air travellers
Travellers are willing to pay a little more for flights if they know the extra money will be used to address carbon emissions, a new study from the UBC Sauder School of Business has found.
Oct 2, 2019
UBC experts on B.C.’s speculation and vacancy tax data
B.C. Finance Minister Carole James is releasing data from the first year of the province’s speculation and vacancy tax this morning. UBC experts are available to comment.
Sep 12, 2019
Shoppers more likely to pay for upgrades when extra cost is an ‘add-on,’ study finds
Shoppers are up to one-third more likely to shell out for the premium option when the extra cost is expressed as an add-on, as opposed to a higher overall price, according to new research from the UBC Sauder School of Business.
Sep 10, 2019
UBC experts on ride-hailing in Metro Vancouver
Earlier today, Uber confirmed its plans to begin offering ride-hailing service in Metro Vancouver, following a similar announcement from Lyft earlier this month. UBC experts are available to comment.
Aug 28, 2019
Amateur investors fail to diversify and are better off choosing stocks at random
Whether they’re aiming to avoid high financial management fees, control their own investments, or enjoy the thrill of playing the market, more consumers are opening investment accounts and making their own stock picks.
Aug 14, 2019