Online consumers shy away from sponsored product listings
A UCR-led study finds that online consumers view sponsored product listings with suspicion when they shop on major platforms, such as Amazon and eBay. Shoppers often prefer to click on what are called “organic” listings that appear high in their product search results but are not sponsored.
Model to illustrate scenarios for Colorado River water use
UC Riverside public policy scholars are bringing clarity to a fraught debate over how to use Colorado River water as flows decline with climate change. They have created a hydro-economic model that can illuminate the future impacts of major water use changes by answering prompts and clicking a mouse.
Luna UCR avocado is one of TIME's '2023 best inventions'
The Luna UCR avocado is named by TIME as one of the best inventions of the year. Therecognition comes just months after UCR released the variety to commercial growers worldwide.
A report from the groves:
Mary Lu Arpaia and Eric Focht have bred avocado trees in association with the University of California, Riverside, for decades. In the video below, they describe their quest for a better avocado that resulted in the release this year of the Luna UCR™, a new variety that is the great-grandchild...
Virtual reality headsets are vulnerable to hackers
Headset hardware and virtual keyboard interfaces that immerse us into expanding worlds of virtual reality also create new opportunities for hackers, UCR computer scientists find studies to be presented at a national cyber security conference.
Google & ChatGPT have mixed results in medical info queries
A study led by University of California, Riverside, computer scientists found that queries for medical information on ChatGPT produced more objective information than Google, but the ChatGPT results can be outdated and lack the sources of its information.
UCR releases a new avocado tree to the world marketplace
The newly release Luna UCR™ avocado offers consumers great flavor, a rind that turns a tell-tale black when ripe, while growers will benefit from a smaller tree size, allowing denser plantings for more efficient and safer harvesting.
Consumers tend to overuse shared products
As consumers, we are becoming more communal. Among other products we now share with strangers are shampoo and body wash in containers affixed to hotel suite showers as well as hand sanitizers in public dispensers at gyms, campuses, libraries, and other facilities. The benefits are several: hotels save on toiletry...
Women add value to more complex ‘integral’ inventions
The presence of women on company innovations teams increased invention value by 6.3% when the teams produced more complex inventions, a study finds.
Forced water-use cuts made California more waterwise
Water use ticked up in California after the state lifted mandatory water-use cuts, but not levels before 2013 because of increased water efficiencies.
Most Californians are getting a tax deadline extension
For most Californians, this year’s tax season is a procrastinator’s dream come true. While most of the nation toils to meet next week’s April 18 filing deadline, just about all income tax payers in California don’t have to file their federal or state tax returns until Oct. 16 – thanks...
Women on corporate boards increase company buyout value
The presence of women board members increased the value of companies targeted for acquisition by as much as 5%, study found.
COVID-19 lockdowns reduced disease spread but with costs
The lockdowns at the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic reduced the spread of infection by an estimated 56%, a recent study has found. If all governors did not issue any lockdowns until April 23, 2020, the number of cases would have been five times higher by April 30, 2020, the study...
UCR-led analysis seeks online advertising protocols for data transparency, consumer privacy, and brand safety
Several Internet business experts see a technology that has made cryptocurrencies possible as a panacea to today’s online advertising accountability woes that stem from ad-tech giants hoarding the ad engagement data in their walled gardens. These experts now call for “Blockchain” technology to provide transparency to level the playing field...
UCR report explores consequences of high cost housing in the Inland Empire
A report released by the University of California, Riverside, probes Inland Southern California's high rates for cost-burdened households and details the consequences. Entitled “Housing and Sustainability in the Inland Region: Affordability, Equity, and Changing Demographics,” the report cites research that found 41.5% of the households in the region are cost-burdened...
Pandemic left behind, the Inland Empire economy flourished in 2022
Despite the recession drumbeat getting louder in many quarters across the nation, the Inland Empire’s economy is not only showing strength, but is outstripping California’s other major metros and the state as a whole along some very key measures, according to an analysis released today by the UC Riverside School...
Does Ticketmaster have a monopoly?
Two UCR experts to weigh in on whether Ticketmaster is a monopoly and should be subjected to antitrust action.
'Rockonomics' professor: Ticketmaster gets a bad rap
A chaotic rollout of tickets for Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour has drawn renewed scrutiny of whether Ticketmaster unfairly dominates the ticketing industry. We asked Carolyn Sloane, a UC Riverside economics professor, whether Ticketmaster has outsized influence on ticket prices. Sloane teaches a "Rockonomics" course and is a "Swiftie" — a...
Business activity in the Inland Empire is still on the rise and expected to continue growing in 2023
Business activity in the Inland Empire has continued to rise and despite the turbulence in today’s macroeconomy, is forecast to continue its upward climb in the near-term future. According to the new Inland Empire Business Activity Index released today by the UCR School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and...
School of Business launches new actuarial science degree program
UC Riverside’s School of Business is now offering a degree in actuarial science, providing a direct path for students seeking careers in finance and insurance. Actuarial science is a discipline that involves assessing financial risks using mathematical and statistical methods. Most who study it go on to work in high-paying...