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FEB Publication of the Month

As of March 2010, the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) presents a Publication of the Month, based on recent research of the SOM Research and Graduate School.

Generating Global Brand Equity through Corporate Social Responsibility to Key Stakeholders
Published on:12 December 2012

It is frequently stated that global brands do not have strong CSR records, and they are accused of predatory behaviour. For example, Coca Cola was confronted with protests by customers in the UK and the USA because of what was considered their poor environmental record in India and allegations of human rights violations in Columbia. Yet, in this paper we show that implementation of a strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy by global brands may improve the relationship with stakeholders like employees, customers, suppliers, and investors, and thereby enhance brand equity.

Relaxing Hukou: Increased Labor Mobility and China’s Economic Geography
Published on:08 August 2012
China is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Also, it is home to a huge (potential) internal market and a large number of very large and fast-growing cities. Arguably, China is a textbook case to analyse how agglomerating and spreading forces shape the economic landscape. Read more on this subject in the article by FEB Researchers Steven Brakman and Harry Garretsen (together with Maarten Bosker and Marc Schramm) in the Journal of Urban Economics. > Read more
Restoring public trust via electronic government systems
Published on:10 May 2012

Electronic government systems can be structured to restore trust in citizen-government relationships. FEB-researchers Eric Lim and Chee-Wee Tan developed a model that yields both developmental prescriptions and technological specifications for realizing trust-building strategies via electronic government systems.

Higher delivery performance by smart order release
Published on:01 March 2012

Companies that work on a low-volume customer-specific basis can improve their delivery performance significantly. And quite simply too, Dr Martin Land states on the basis of recent research. ‘My colleagues and I have done a big job combining the existing knowledge on two order release mechanisms. This combination turns out to be such an improvement that a considerable number of old results have become redundant. In terms of performance, this is quite a breakthrough in the field of order release methods.’

Terrorism shortens cabinet duration
Published on:11 January 2012

Terrorism, on average, shortens cabinet duration. That is the main result of research by Richard Jong-A-Pin and Jochen Mierau. In an analysis of a data set comprising 2,400 cabinets in over 150 countries in the period 1970-2002, they find that terrorism significantly increases the probability of cabinet failure. ‘When we compare the impact of terrorism relative to other variables affecting cabinet duration, we find that terrorism has a greater impact than economic growth, but less than variables characterizing the political environment,’ says Jong-A-Pin.

Culture and crises: how an aversion to uncertainty can make a crisis worse
Published on:30 August 2011

Financial crisis have a stronger negative effect in countries where the population is very averse to uncertainty. Firms in these countries, such as Greece, reduce their investments much more after a crisis than countries where the inhabitants are more at ease with uncertainty, such as the United States or the United Kingdom. This is the result of research by dr. Robert Inklaar and FEB-alumnus (and former Honours student) Jing Yang.

Violent conflict has long-term impact on individual behavior
Published on:06 July 2011

Large temporary shocks may have long-term consequences: civil war violence occurred between 1993 and 2003 has a clear impact on individual behavior in 2009. These are the findings of a study carried out by FEB professor Robert Lensink and researchers from other universities, who investigated the impact of conflict on social, risks and time preferences in 35 communities in Burundi.

Punishing and rewarding especially when the costs are high
Published on:02 May 2011

A punishment or reward will be more effective if it is costly for the person imposing it. If the costs of punishing or rewarding someone are high, it will have a greater effect on group cooperation. These are the findings of a study carried out by Daniel Balliet, FEB researcher Laetitia Mulder and Paul van Lange. Their paper entitled Reward, punishment, and cooperation: A meta-analysis is soon to be published in Psychological Bulletin, and is the new FEB Publication of the Month.

Cointegration, long-run structural modelling and weak exogeneity
Published on:30 March 2011

The new FEB Publication of the Month is dedicated to the article ‘Cointegration, long-run structural modelling and weak exogeneity: Two models of the UK economy’, by Dr Jan Jacobs. He and Kenneth Wallis (University of Warwick and holder of an honorary doctorate from the University of Groningen) have published the article in the Journal of Econometrics. ‘I am extremely proud of this paper’, says Jacobs.