In the News
“Whether it’s needed or not needed, that’s not going to stop people from handling this as a political issue,” said Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at the University of California, Davis. “At this point in time, we have left the subject of the commercial value of the Keystone pipeline. That is no longer what is at stake.”
“We could see gasoline prices in the high 2s,” said Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at UC Davis. Several factors are likely to get prices there, Jaffe said. Oil production in the United States — driven by the nation’s shale oil boom — is increasing….
Amy Myers Jaffe advises consumers to pay more attention to international news. “My opinion is, barring a major catastrophe in the Middle East, oil will drop to $50 a barrel, and gasoline prices are going to get even lower than they are now.” She adds that once there’s a technology breakthrough regarding the efficiency and cost of battery storage, alternative energy sources like solar and wind power will come into their own as energy industries.
Don’t Let the News Lead You to a Loss
Trading shares in a company based on the latest headlines is a big mistake
Be careful trading Alibaba, warns Associate Professor Anna Scherbina in her U.S.News blog. Her research shows that trading shares based on breaking news is a big mistake.
Q&A with Professor Nicole Biggart, director of the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center, on energy-efficiency technology for the home. Also, WalletHub ranks California 4th overall for energy efficient states, based on homes and cars.
By Karen Nikos-Rose
Ann Huff Stevens, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Economics and the director of the university’s Center for Poverty Research, has been appointed interim dean of the Graduate School of Management effective October 1, 2014.
Even absent regulation, the market rewards and punishes companies for their willingness to disclose climate risks, says Professor Paul Griffin, “There are a number of studies to indicate that it’s in the price. The overall effect from voluntary company disclosures was positive…Companies that do not disclose can get penalized; they are signaling by non-disclosure they may have something to hide.”
More Parents Foot the Bill for Business School
M.B.A.s Aim to Minimize Debt to Keep Career Options Open
Parental Investment in MBA: Wall St. Journal story quotes Assistant Dean James Stevens and new UC Davis MBA student Rahul Churiwal. Stevens says nearly half of 48 first-year Full-Time MBA students are receiving some financial help from their parents, according to an informal poll, which follows a nationwide trend.
Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability for UC Davis, is quoted in a story about how deepening ties between Exxon and Russia run counter to U.S. efforts to punish Putin.
Story about why the Napa Valley earthquake is unlikely to affect wine prices quotes Graduate School of Management alumna Alison Crowe MBA 10, who is the winemaker at Garnet Vineyards, and Robert Smiley, an emeritus professor and former dean of the School.
One common investing myth is that investment clubs are a source of sound investment advice. A study from UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Brad Barber showed that 60 percent of investment clubs underperform the market. The average club underperformed a broad market index by 3 percent per year.
UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Kimberly Elsbach is quoted in The New York Times about flex time at work. She said companies need to raise awareness of this hidden bias toward working long hours in the office and show widespread and uniform support for flexible scheduling. Otherwise, “people who telecommute are going to be unfairly penalized,” she said.
Professor Andrew Hargadon dispels the myth of the lone inventor: “Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and now their modern counterparts were able to create one breakthrough after another because they built innovation strategies around recombining existing technologies rather than inventing new ones.” In this innovation-as-building-block view of the world, building blocks don’t ever get used up.
Story cites information showing that among the largest public companies in California, women hold 10.9 percent of board seats and highest-paid executive positions, according to the UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders by the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.
UC Davis Graduate School of Management Associate Professor Anna Scherbina writes in an op-ed about why it’s best to be forward-looking when evaluating investment decisions and remember that the past is irrelevant.
Story about the progress of a project to transform the underside of the W-X freeway, which UC Davis Graduate School of Management Tre Borden MBA 11 is serving as project manager.
Story cites research from UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Kimberly Elsbach showing that the more one is seen at the office, the more others perceive you as “dependable” and “committed”.
UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Brad Barber’s research is cited in a story about the 10 simple ways to get into peace-of-mind investing.
Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability for UC Davis, writes about how the success of stated limited U.S. humanitarian goals for the latest intervention in Iraq could hinge on more than the fate of minorities trapped on top of the Mount Sinjar. That is because the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has taken control of critical water and oil infrastructure including the Mosul Dam.
The University of California, Davis, launched 14 commercial startups during the past year to June 30, 2014 — the largest number of new ventures based on UC Davis technology to be started in a single year. Several have ties to the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.