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Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week.


Localized Natural Disasters Can Hurt an Entire Country’s EconomyKellogg Insight

Northwestern Kellogg School of Management associate professor of managerial economics and decision sciences Alireza Tahbaz-Salehi set out to understand the large-scale economic implications of natural disasters.

Tahbaz-Salehi worked with Vasco Carvalho of the University of Cambridge, Makoto Nirei of the Ministry of Finance of Japan, and Yukiko Saito of the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan. After the 2011 earthquake, “disaster-affected firms’ connections to companies outside the regions affected by the quake had a strong effect: these links accounted for a 1.2 percent decline in Japan’s gross economic output the year after the disaster.”

The aftermath of the 2011 earthquake in Japan hurt economic productivity for a lengthy period of time. Photo via Reuters

Tahbaz-Salehi says, “If these shocks start propagating from a firm to its customers, to its customers’ customers, and so on, they may also have an aggregate effect on the entire economy. But there have been almost no empirical studies to document whether these effects exist and how big they are.”

You can read more from Kellogg Insight here.

Hitting Rock Bottom After Job Loss Can Be BeneficialMendoza College of Business

To paraphrase Beckett, “Try, fail, try again, fail again, fail better.” Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business‘ Siegfried professor of entrepreneurship Dean Shepherd recently co-authored a study in Academy of Management Review with Indiana University’s Trenton Williams, which finds that on the road to success, failure is often the most revealing option.

“On the way down, we frantically do all sorts of things to try and repair the situation, and suffer as they fail. Bottoming out frees us from the misconception that the problems can be fixed, and in the process, frees us from other constraints and negative emotions and provides the conditions necessary to find a viable solution.”

He continues:

“‘A failed corporate executive might consider a variety of other potential roles,’ Shepherd says. ‘For example, sitting on the board of a nonprofit organization that is desperate for experienced managerial guidance, exploring government positions or running for office, working with startups, and so forth. Similarly, a failed entrepreneur might explore how skills learned in starting a business could be applied in a corporate setting, take standardized exams to be considered for law school or engage in other low risk exploration activities. In these cases, hitting rock bottom opens up myriad new opportunities.’”

Read more about the duo’s research here.

Would You Pay $20 a Day to Lease a Luxury Car?Booth School of Business

University of Chicago Booth School of Business associate professor Daniel Bartels and the University of Rhode Island’s Stephen Atlas are scheduled to publish a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research entitled, “Periodic Pricing and Perceived Contract Benefits,” which finds that people “perceive more benefits from their purchases if they make payments on a periodic basis.”

Research from Booth shows that people feel their purchases are more valuable if its paid off in repeated cycles. Photo via NY Auto Show.

“Our framework and results suggest that periodic pricing can help people appreciate the benefits they accrue from a purchase. So, under the right conditions, marketers can encourage purchase with periodic pricing, even for significant sums of money.”

Read more about the duo’s research here.

Misty Johnson Named Business Dean – DePaul Driehaus College of Business and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business

As of March 1, the Driehaus College of Business and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business formally introduced its newest business college dean, Misty Johnson, Ph.D.

Johnson became the interim dean of the business college back in July, replacing former dean Ray Whittington. With her role now official, she has become the first-ever female dean of DePaul’s business school.

“Dr. Johanson has done a laudable job, and I’m pleased the college will continue to benefit from her leadership and expertise,” DePaul University Provost denBoer said in a press release.

“During her tenure this academic year, fall graduate business enrollment increased 16 percent; staff roles were reimagined to enhance the student experience; master’s program and center directors began collaborating more closely to support graduate program success, and the college forged stronger industry connections to support career opportunities. Johanson also launched a campaign with the Office of Advancement to raise $4 million for the college by the end of the academic year and exceeded the goal within the first six months.”

You can read more about the official appointment of Dr. Johnson here.

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