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New Research Finds Variable Pricing for NFL Games Increases Ticket Sales

New Research Finds Variable Pricing for NFL Games Increases Ticket Sales

News Release, January 24, 2023

BALTIMORE, MD, January 24, 2023 – How can a sports team win off the field with variable ticket pricing strategies? A new study in the INFORMS journal Management Science sheds light on the adoption of variable pricing increases in primary market ticket sales by looking at National Football League (NFL) ticket markets.

New Analytics Tools Detect and Disrupt Sex Trafficking Activities

New Analytics Tools Detect and Disrupt Sex Trafficking Activities

News Release, January 9, 2023

BALTIMORE, MD, January 9, 2023 – Groundbreaking modeling detailed in new research in the INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics is being credited with helping lead to the arrest of dozens of suspects in human trafficking rings in Alabama.

Cherry-Picking Profitable Patients: New Research Identifies Unintended Consequences for Some Medicare Patients

Cherry-Picking Profitable Patients: New Research Identifies Unintended Consequences for Some Medicare Patients

News Release, January 4, 2023

BALTIMORE, MD, January 4, 2023 – New research in the INFORMS journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management finds that Medicare Advantage (MA), the largest healthcare capitation program in the U.S., unintentionally incentivizes health plans to cherry-pick profitable patients from traditional Medicare (TM). “Capitation” is the annual fee paid to a healthcare practice by each participant in a health plan.

What Goes into a Retailer’s Decision to Lower Prices?

What Goes into a Retailer’s Decision to Lower Prices?

News Release, December 15, 2022

BALTIMORE, MD, December 15, 2022 – Holiday shoppers are finding that discounts among some of the items on their shopping lists are a little easier to find this year due to higher inventories at retailers and a slowing demand due to inflation and certain recessionary economic conditions. At the same time, consumers may notice that some retailers are slower to reduce prices to generate sales.

Proximity to Senior Managers Enhances Inventors’ Productivity, Creativity

Proximity to Senior Managers Enhances Inventors’ Productivity, Creativity

News Release, December 6, 2022

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work has become increasingly common, but is it productive? New research in the INFORMS journal Management Science finds proximity to senior managers at corporate headquarters makes inventors in companies’ research and development (R&D) functions more productive. Moreover, it makes them more creative, suggesting that senior management oversight does not stifle creativity, but instead encourages it.

New Research Develops a Model for Political Redistricting that Optimizes Political Fairness

New Research Develops a Model for Political Redistricting that Optimizes Political Fairness

News Release, December 5, 2022

Political redistricting is a problem of national interest with consequences to electoral representation. It is a decennial process of redrawing the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts, and can affect a wide range of stakeholders, including the voters, candidates and political parties. New research in the INFORMS journal Operations Research introduces a model that can be adopted for a redistricting process that explicitly focuses on political fairness.

How Much Impact Do Boycotts and Buycotts Actually Have on Brand Sales?

How Much Impact Do Boycotts and Buycotts Actually Have on Brand Sales?

News Release, November 3, 2022

BALTIMORE, MD, November 3, 2022 – At a campaign event in the midst of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the chief executive officer of Goya, a large Latin food brand, publicly praised and endorsed then-president Donald Trump. The comments triggered both a boycott and a counter “buycott” movement in support of the brand.

Promoting Cigarette Brands in TV Shows Yields Unexpected Results

Promoting Cigarette Brands in TV Shows Yields Unexpected Results

News Release, October 26, 2022

BALTIMORE, MD, October 26, 2022 – New research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, conducted by researchers at the University of Chicago and University of Washington, finds a 10% increase in TV product placement for cigarettes increases sales by 2% for the tobacco brand shown on-screen. Furthermore, it has the same effect on its direct competitors’ sales as well.

Are Nutritional Warning Labels Effective at Steering Consumers Away from Unhealthful Foods?

Are Nutritional Warning Labels Effective at Steering Consumers Away from Unhealthful Foods?

News Release, October 13, 2022

BALTIMORE, MD, October 13, 2022 – In 2016, Chile introduced the gradual implementation of a comprehensive and mandatory food labeling law that was designed to warn consumers of the risks of unhealthy foods. To do so, the law required that if a product contained excessive amounts of certain nutrients (such as sugar), which are considered unhealthful if consumed in large quantities, the product should display mandatory warning labels on the packaging. Moreover, several other countries have already adopted these new warning labels.

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