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Professor Charles Martineau

New research confirms U.S. central bank right to hold news conferences after every meeting.
A policy intended to increase transparency at the U.S. Federal Reserve may have done the opposite, setting markets up for unnecessary surprises, says a new study from the University of Toronto.

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Professors Hai Lu and Franco Wong

Wall Street conflict-of-interest crackdown led to star analyst brain drain, new research shows.
Wall Street saw a serious brain drain of top investment bank analysts following conflict-of-interest reforms 15 years ago that were designed to protect investors from potentially biased analyst reports, a new study shows.

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Professor Soo Min Toh

Leaders may create ineffective cultures because they are stuck in the past, study shows
Where does culture come from? This basic question is one of the toughest for both researchers and practitioners to answer because culture is deeply entrenched in people’s minds and taken for granted.

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Professor Partha Mohanram

Twitter useful for stock picks, could boost market efficiency, shows study.
Despite concerns to the contrary, it turns out that Twitter is not uninformative when it comes to its reliability as an investor information source.

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Professor Ole-Kristian Hope & PhD Student Jingjing Wang

Investors don’t buy “big baths” when CEOs use deceptive language, Rotman study shows.
If a CEO explains a series of large write-offs using lots of words and phrases like “you folks know,” “bang-up,” “amazing” and “in truth,” they may not be telling it themselves.

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Professor Gonzalo Romero

Equal subsidies “surprisingly powerful,” in promoting use of gold-standard medications, new study shows.
Gonzalo Romero shocked himself when his doctoral research in 2013 showed that under some conditions giving pharmaceutical companies identical subsidies was the best way to get the most current disease-fighting treatments into the hands of consumers who needed them.

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PhD student Jing Hu

When Three Months From Now Feels Right Around the Corner
UofT Study is First to Examine Relationship Between Absolute and Relative Time Estimates.

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Professor Claire Tsai

Sagging confidence can lead to more self-interested behaviour -- or less, Rotman study finds.
Most of us know what it feels like to lose confidence from time to time. Your golf game went badly. You got passed over for a promotion. You're not so great with numbers, or get tongue-tied when it comes to making social small talk.

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Professor Nicola Lacetera

Stem cell-rich cord blood donations could increase by "nudging" parents, study suggests.
It contains potentially lifesaving stem cells that can treat a host of blood-based cancers and other diseases. Yet the blood found in newborns' umbilical cords is almost always discarded as medical waste, rather than banked for future needs.


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