Economics & Statistics

New Scientist: Bitcoin hits $200 but swapping for real money is risky

Bitcoin-coin2-thumb-600x460-175642Technology reporter Jacob Aron with New Scientist covered the Bitcoin research of SMU cybersecurity expert Tyler W. Moore, an assistant professor of computer science in the Lyle School of Engineering.

Moore’s research found that online exchanges that trade hard currency for the rapidly emerging cyber money known as Bitcoin have a 45 percent chance of failing — often taking their customers’ money with them. Continue reading

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SMU-North Texas Food Bank study will analyze causes of hunger in Dallas and rural North Texas

Economists at SMU will analyze the roles social networks and isolation play in fighting hunger in North Texas.

Recent studies have found that household economic resources are not the only factor contributing to food insecurity, according to Thomas B. Fomby, SMU professor of economics. Continue reading

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CNN: Study links mutual fund decisions with religion

CNN’s “Belief” blog covered the research of SMU financial economist Dr. Johan Sulaeman. In the Sept. 25 article “Study links mutual fund decisions with religion,” CNN journalist Laura Koran reported on research by Sulaeman and others who found that religion plays a major role in many Americans’ lives, including their investing.

“Specifically, the study found that mutual funds located in predominantly Catholic areas are associated with increasing fund volatility, a measure of risk taking, by about 6 percent, compared to those in low-Catholic areas. Those in predominately Protestant counties have a 14 percent lower fund volatility compared with those in low-Protestant areas.” Continue reading

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Ancient tree-ring records from southwest U.S. suggest today’s megafires are truly unusual

Christopher Roos, fire scar, tree ring, ancient fire, Medieval Warm Period, Little Ice Age, anthropology, SMUToday’s mega forest fires of the southwestern U.S. are truly unusual and exceptional in the long-term record, suggests a new study that examined hundreds of years of ancient tree ring and fire data from two distinct climate periods, says study co-author and fire anthropologist Christopher I. Roos, SMU. Continue reading

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SELF: How Exercise Can Make You Happy (in Just 20 Minutes!)


SELF writer Ginny Graves has covered the research of SMU psychologist Dr. Jasper Smits.

The article in the latest issue of SELF, “How Exercise Can Make You Happy (in Just 20 Minutes!),” quotes Smits, an associate professor of psychology, on his research finding that high levels of physical activity can buffer against stress for those who are at risk. Continue reading

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The London Telegraph: Runner’s world: Usain Bolt and his entourage

The London Telegraph has written a comprehensive piece on the Usain Bolt, the fastest sprinter on earth, as he is preparing for the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer.

The April 27 article, “Runner’s world: Usain Bolt and his entourage,” quotes SMU’s Peter Weyand, an expert in human locomotion. Continue reading

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Despite belief WIC improves infant health, new study finds no positive or negative impact

Existing scientific literature suggests the U.S. government nutritional program known as WIC improves birth outcomes of children, but new SMU research is unable to find either a positive or negative impact on infant health.

WIC, which serves 53 percent of all U.S. infants, is for low-income pregnant women and their young children under five who are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. Continue reading

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Imposing trade restrictions on parallel imports can motivate a firm to export, study finds

Imposing trade restrictions on parallel imports has the surprising effect of motivating a firm to export, according to a new study using game theory economic analysis, says co-author Santanu Roy, SMU. The study found that diverse parallel importing policies make it possible to analyze for the first time how competition between firms and allowing or banning parallel imports can influence competition. Continue reading

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USA Today: Women scientists lose out on research prizes


USA Today’s “ScienceFair” blog has covered the research of SMU sociologist Anne Lincoln. In a March 13 entry, journalist Dan Vergano writes about Lincoln’s latest findings surrounding discrimination against women in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math.

Dubbed “the Mathilda Effect,” Lincoln has shown that women in the STEM areas do not receive the same recognition for their research and achievements as do men in those fields. Continue reading

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