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Consumerism News
December 5, 2019

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Medical Marketing Has Skyrocketed in the Past Two Decades, While Oversight Remains Limited

Researchers have reviewed medical marketing (the marketing of prescription drugs, disease awareness, laboratory tests and health services to ... read more

Taxing Sweet Snacks May Bring Greater Health Benefits Than Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Drinks

A 10 percent tax on sweet snacks could lead to a similar reduction in consumer demand as taxing sugar-sweetened ... read more

Jeans Made With Child Labor? People Choose Willful Ignorance

Many consumers have found a way to cope with the knowledge that products they like have been made unethically: They simply forget they ever knew ... read more

Big Data Shows How What We Buy Affects Endangered Species

We don't have to snuff out species when we eat a hamburger or buy a tee-shirt -- if we know how our consumption affects endangered and threatened ... read more
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Non-GM Produce Earns 'Halo Effect' Under New Labeling Laws

Consumers were more willing to buy unlabeled produce after being shown food tagged as ''genetically modified'' in a new study that comes two months before a new federal law, ... read more

Consumers Trust Influencers Less When There Is a Variety of Choices for a Product

Consumers have been relying on opinion leader recommendations to make choices about product quality and purchases for a long time. It is even more prominent now with the prevalence of influencers on ... read more

How to Make Carbon Pricing Palatable to Air Travelers

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 has ... read more

Promotional Games at Retail Stores Increase Consumer Spending

Surprisingly, even when the discount won from a promotional game is smaller than a traditional discount -- say only 10% versus 20% -- researchers still saw the same ... read more

Going Green? Not So Easy for Mainstream Brands

Recent research shows that when mainstream brands advertise using visual cues suggesting the product is environmentally friendly or 'green' consumers may actually evaluate the product as ... read more

Texas' Strategic Goal for Students' Debt Burden Shows Potential Promise and Pitfalls

College students in Texas who graduated from public universities with a bachelor's degree had, on average, student loan debts that equaled 74% of what they earned in their first-year wages, ... read more

Consumers View Nutrition and Health Claims Differently Than Regulators

Consumers may not consciously differentiate nutrition and health claims on foods in the way that regulatory experts do, new research ... read more

Debt Relief Improves Psychological and Cognitive Function, Enabling Better Decision-Making

A new study demonstrates that reducing the number of debt accounts lowers the mental burden of the poor, thereby improving psychological and cognitive performance. This enables better ... read more

Sensory Tests Suggest 'Liking' Wines Made With Native Grapes a Learned Response

Consumer preference or aversion to wines made from native grapes -- such as Concord, Niagara and Catawba, which are grown in North America -- may depend on early exposure to the fruits' sweet, ... read more

Eating Healthy on a Limited Budget Is Possible, Researchers Find

A new study found that with menu planning and access to stores selling items in bulk, the average daily cost for serving healthy meals to a family of four was $25 in 2010 dollars. This cost was ... read more

Views of Ideal Female Appearance in China Are Changing

A researcher found that young women in China, living in a rapidly changing society with more personal independence, disposable income and exposure to Western media than ever before, are also altering ... read more

A World Without Brick-and-Mortar Stores? Even Avid Online Shoppers Say, 'No, Thanks'

The majority of consumers, even those who prefer online shopping, think the extinction of brick-and-mortar stores would be bad for society, according to a new study that explores consumers' ... read more

Public Opinion on GMOs Might Impact Similar Technologies in Stores

Researchers have found that an individual's perception of genetically modified organisms might impact their judgments about whether or not nanotechnology-enabled products should be labeled in ... read more

Is Replying to Online Reviews Always Good? New Research Shows Downside of Over-Responding

When managers respond to online reviews, it's possible that those responses could actually stimulate additional reviewing activity and an increased number of negative reviews, a new study ... read more

Social Class Determines Whether Buying Experiences or Things Brings Greater Happiness

What is the best way to spend money to increase your happiness? It may depend, in part, on how wealthy you are, according to new ... read more

Emotionally Stable People Spend More During the Holidays, According to New Study

Comparing the spending habits and personality traits of over 2,100 people over the Christmas season, personality psychology researchers found significant relationships between spending amounts over ... read more

Irony Is the New Black

Consuming brands ironically is a way to secretly signal our identity or beliefs to people who know us, according to new ... read more

CEOs Paid Less Than Peers More Likely to Engage in Layoffs, Research Finds

CEOs who are paid less than their peers are four times more likely to engage in layoffs, according to new ... read more

Mandatory Labels Reduce GMO Food Fears

As national regulators work to develop labeling standards for foods containing genetically modified ingredients, a researcher finds that consumer opposition to GMOs dropped significantly after ... read more

Twenty-Five Per Cent of Seafood Sold in Metro Vancouver Is Mislabelled

A new study used DNA barcoding to determine that 70 of 281 seafood samples collected in Metro Vancouver between September 2017 and February 2018 were ... read more

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