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May 2017

Parents are interested in star ratings indicating the nutritional value of cereals but it’s the colour in the breakfast bowl that has final sway, a study by UTS health and marketing researchers has found.
Leaders from business, banking, consultancy and the start-up sector have joined a new industry advisory committee for the SHU-UTS SILC Business School in Shanghai.
Rather than doing people “a big favour”, data-driven programs such as the one proposed for drug testing of welfare recipients can disproportionately target those of low socio-economic status, writes Associate Professor Bronwen Dalton.
The Federal Budget included a licence fee cut for free-to-air television operators and there are plans to repeal media ownership rules, but Professor Peter Wells considers whether this may be too little too late...
Professor Elizabeth Savage and Professor Mike Woods provide their assessment of key health measures in the Federal Budget.
The recent election campaign for the presidency of the AOC was dramatic viewing. But has the final whistle blown? Associate Professor Daryl Adair considers what comes next...
The federal government has moved to level the playing field in the banking system with Budget measures - including but not restricted to the new levy - aimed at the Big Four, writes Associate Professor Harry Scheule.
FEDERAL BUDGET 2017: UTS Business School has a number of experts available for comment, in areas including corporate tax and health policy.
Airtasker and UnionsNSW have come to an agreement over minimum fees for the 'bidders' who offer their services on the platform. Associate Professor Sarah Kaine considers how such an arrangement might - or might not - work in the gig economy.
Amid the debate over whether Australia has a property market bubble, Associate Professor Harry Scheule considers one scenario where some of the air might escape from prices...

April 2017

Consumers continue to view private health insurance as poor value for money. It would be sensible for the government to face evidence that the subsidy is bad and costly policy, writes Economics Professor Elizabeth Savage.
UTS researchers have helped develop a 'heat map' identifying Sydney’s innovation hotspots.
The federal government could collect billions more in royalties and tax revenue if it changed the rules on debt loading and adopted alternative royalty schemes in dealing with oil and gas giants, new modelling shows.
Do the 457 visa changes under-estimate the role of the Australian tertiary education sector in temporary worker migration?
A study has found a measurable link between brand strength and the ease and cost of raising business capital, bringing the worlds of marketing and finance much closer together.
While shadow banking may contribute to risk, in reality it serves a purpose in our economy – one that is increasingly connected to our day-to-day lives.
Since its inception in 2008, digital currency Bitcoin has attracted critics who argue it’s inherently risky. The latest push to create an exchange traded fund (ETF) in order to make trading it easier, suggests attitudes towards it haven’t changed.
Business groups in Australia have been engaged in a long-term effort to increase the legal regulation of unions to constrain union activities. But this crackdown on the traditional union movement has created a void starting to be filled by “alt-unionism”.
Now that the first stage of a cut to the corporate tax rate has been passed by the Senate, it’s clear the benefits are more political than economic.
Among various other accolades, Ben Cousins won the Brownlow Medal in 2005 and was part of the West Coast premiership team of 2006. But today he is about to serve a one-year prison term after pleading guilty to 11 offences.

March 2017

Governments, communities and industries are grappling with issues such as climate change, inequality and social justice – and how to mobilise more funding to tackle these issues. One possible solution is impact investing.
The Growth Project, which aims to identify and overcome the hurdles to entrepreneurial businesses scaling up, now includes Australia as well as Israel and the United States.
In 2014-15, Australians gambled nearly A$7.2 billion on sports betting (not including racing), in the process losing around $815 million. Sports betting is certainly a growth market in Australia.
Refugee entrepreneurs have the potential to make a significant economic contribution, with a new study of a pilot start-ups program showing their ability to generate jobs and tax revenue and to reduce welfare payments.
Read about UTS Business School’s impactful research in our annual Research Report.
UTS Business School alumnus Arjun Bisen will study public policy at Harvard after last night being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship.
On International Women’s Day, meet some of the amazing women PhD candidates who are overcoming life’s hurdles so they can work to achieve positive change through their research.

February 2017

A bit of fun? Associate Professor Daryl Adair considers the behaviour of football fans - and the response to it - at last weekend's A-League.
If Australia wants to continue enjoying the benefits of its tourism boom, it needs to make sure it sufficient infrastructure and trained people to service the growing number of tourists.
It's time to solve the productivity puzzle - in terms of both measurement and policy, write Professor Roy Green and Associate Professor Renu Agarwal.