Economics & Statistics

Russia awards SMU’s Weber $3 million for research lab to study diversity, social interactions

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A $3 million grant to SMU economics professor Shlomo Weber will fund the establishment of a first-of-its-kind research laboratory to study diversity and social interactions.

The new center at Moscow’s New Economic School will focus on research into societal diversity, ranging from economic, historical and geographical to linguistic and ethnic. Researchers at the center will assess the impact of diversity on economic, political and social development, said Weber, a professor in the SMU Department of Economics. Continue reading

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Business Insider: Bitcoin Is Sacrificing Its Soul To Survive

bitcoinTechnology reporter Matt Twomey with Business Insider 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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Yahoo! News: Study shows 45% of Bitcoin exchanges end up failing

bitcoins-siTechnology reporter Brad Reed with BGR News 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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Wired: Study — 45 percent of Bitcoin exchanges end up closing

Wired Bitcoin Tyler W Moore SMUTechnology writer Ian Steadman with Wired in the United Kingdom covered the Bitcoin research of SMU cybersecurity expert Tyler W. Moore, a computer science professor in the Lyle School of Engineering.

Moore 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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redOrbit: Economists Question Bitcoin Stability Despite Meteoric Rise In Value

Bitcoin_042513-617x416Technology reporter Peter Suclu with redOrbit 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. The finding is from a new computer science study that applied survival analysis to examine the factors that prompt Bitcoin currency exchanges to close. Continue reading

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Study: High-volume Bitcoin exchanges less likely to fail, but more likely to suffer breach

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.

The finding is from a new study by SMU computer scientist Tyler Moore, Lyle School of Engineering. Continue reading

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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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