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You can get wealthier with one sibling

Having one brother or sister can contribute to a higher income in adulthood. On average if your parents get divorced it has no economic consequence for your future income.

The welfare state boosts capitalism

"Welfare state arrangements work well in combination with capitalist competition," says economics professor.

Most food waste from households

Large amounts of food go to waste. Some is disposed of by producers and retailers. But more is tossed out at the consumption stage – by the likes of you and me.

Social media savvy for the service industries

How can “boring” products generate customer engagement on social media?

Growing concern about the economy in Norway

Voters punish politicians for hard times, and reward them for prosperity. Not so in Norway, where voters are unaffected by economy. But in the last election Norwegians seemed to worry about the state of the economy.

Norwegian managers are not popular in Thailand

Norwegian companies with branches in Thailand might do well to hire Swedes or Danes as middle managers. Norwegians in Thailand are seen as strict and critical.

Conserving rare bees has ethical merit but little economic value

Most wild bee species do not pollinate crops and offer little economic return; scientists suggest other reasons to conserve them

Customers and companies benefit from online support communities

Customers get better answers and companies experience fewer complaints. And superfans who help other customers gain status.

High expectations will motivate your staff

Many of us do a better job when we are free to decide how to do it. Will you take the risk and set your staff free?

Professor: let’s fight corruption in Africa effectively

Foreign aid in Africa often lands in the wrong pockets. This leads many to call for a stop to aid Africa’s poor. A Professor of law suggests new, more sustainable solutions to the dilemma.