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Consumer Behavior Economics Trend Watching

Living in Germany: fascination with saving money

Germans not only have been saving more than their UK counterparts, but the deep rooted national habit has more implications than those numbers would reveal […]

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Design Readings

Watch Design Council’s “The Value of Design”

The Design Council’s research found that not only can design thinking increase the range of products a business develops, but it can also lead to more inspiring workplaces, happier staff, better service and, as a result, greater customer satisfaction […]

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Consumer Behavior Economics Trend Watching

Economy in Brazil: Most consumers believe the economy will get worse after the World Cup

For 52%, the perception is that the Brazilian economy will get worse, according to research from Boa Vista SCPC, released recently […]

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Consumer Behavior Trend Watching

Consumer Behavior in Brazil: Demand for flights reaches highest level in 10 years

The demand for domestic air transportation of passengers and the occupancy rate reached the highest level for the month of December in the last ten years, announced the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) […]

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Economics Trend Watching

Economy in Brazil: 1.84 million of new businesses in 2013

1,840,187 new businesses were opened in Brazil in 2013, according to a survey released on Friday (31) by SERASA. It was 8.8% higher than the number recorded in 2012, when 1,690,760 new businesses have opened in the country […]

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Inspiration

Watch Dan Ariely’s “What makes us feel good about our work?” talk at TED

What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn’t just money. But it’s not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work.

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Design Innovation Inspiration

Watch Rory Sutherland’ “Sweat the small stuff” talk at TED

It may seem that big problems require big solutions, but ad man Rory Sutherland says many flashy, expensive fixes are just obscuring better, simpler answers. To illustrate, he uses behavioral economics and hilarious examples. From unlikely beginnings as a classics teacher to his current job as Vice Chairman of Ogilvy Group, Rory Sutherland has created his own brand of the […]

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Consumer Behavior Economics Trend Watching

Internet in Brazil: Half of the population is included in the digital world, says survey

More than half of the population is included in the digital world, according to a survey of the Getulio Vargas Foundation, which puts Brazil near the world average […]

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Economics Trend Watching

Watch Esther Duflo’ “Social experiments to fight poverty” talk at TED

Alleviating poverty is more guesswork than science, and lack of data on aid’s impact raises questions about how to provide it. But Clark Medal-winner Esther Duflo says it’s possible to know which development efforts help and which hurt — by testing solutions with randomized trials […]

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China Economics Trend Watching

Living in China: Cost of living hurts Shanghai’s ranking

Soaring living costs and high housing prices are negatively affecting how Shanghai residents feel about their quality of life, according to a nationwide economic survey released recently […]