Business & Economics Research Tips

Trial access to PitchBook available for Booth students

Booth students have trial access to PitchBook, a private equity and venture capital database covering a wide range of firms as well as startups.  With the PitchBook platform, researchers can track entire PE and VC lifecycles from fund initiation to company exits, PitchBook-logo-web-2public and private M&A transactions, and the limited partners, fund managers, advisors and other key players involved.  In addition to viewing firm and contact profiles, custom lists of buyers, targets, advisors, and more can be created using the advanced search function.  Researchers can also save custom searches and set up email alerts to come daily, weekly, or monthly.

For Evening, Weekend, and Full-Time students, please fill out this form to request access to PitchBook by June 26th.  PitchBook will send you an email directly once your account is activated.  Your account will remain active through 8/30/16.  You can also access this tool onsite at the Career Resource Centers at the Harper Center and the Gleacher Center.

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Hone your IT, media, and productivity skills with Lynda.com

University of Chicago researchers have access to Lynda.com, a leading provider of online courses covering business, media, and technology.  Researchers can choose from over 4,000 courses, all of which are broken up into short, easy to use videos.  Business courses cover LyndaLinkedin_blackeverything from leadership and marketing to product management, while media courses cover specific software such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign, as well as general techniques for graphic design, video editing and more.  Technology courses cover a full range of software and skills, including Java, R, SPSS, data analysis and cyber security.  Course levels range from introductory to advanced and instructors are vetted industry experts.

In addition to courses, Lynda.com has created guides using a collection of short videos, articles and checklists, that provide a step by step process for starting a business and becoming a manager.  The Starting a Business guide covers everything from evaluating yourself and your business idea to establishing operations.  Lynda.com’s Weekly Series feature guarantees that content stays fresh.  The most recent video in the Marketing Tips weekly series discusses representing the keyword funnel through SEO.

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New online resource: Greenleaf Online Library

University of Chicago researchers now have access to Greenleaf Online Library.

Greenleaf Online Library crosses over all sectors of business with an emphasis on ‘green’ greenleafmanagement, ethical business and corporate social responsibility.  It contains approximately 4,000 items, including ebooks, case studies, research papers and journal articles.

Topics covered include:

  • Sustainability
  • Ethics
  • Innovation, enterprise and social enterprise
  • Environmental management
  • Industry sectors including extractives, fashion and textiles, banking and finance, transport, engineering, construction
  • Corporate governance
  • Responsible leadership
  • Social responsibility/business in society
  • Government, policy and compliance
  • Reporting and standards
  • Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Poverty
  • Gender and diversity
  • Responsible investment and finance, including microfinance

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Soda tax and soda price in Mexico

On November 9th, Jeffrey Grogger, the Irving Harris Professor in Urban Policy at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, presented his preliminary research on soda tax and soda price in Mexico as part of the Becker Brown Bag Series.  Mexico’s nine percent soda tax took effect on January 1, 2014.  In addition to taxing soda, fruit juices and waters with added sugars are also being taxed.  The Mexico soda tax is a straightforward example of price theory.  The tax raises the price and the higher price lowers consumption.  The lower consumption then ideally leads to lower weight and less chronic disease.

Professor Grogger’s research strives to answer two key questions that aren’t addressed by the theory:

  1. How much do prices rise?
  2. What happens if consumers substitute other caloric drinks for sodas?

Interested in exploring this topic further? View Professor Grogger’s presentation and his slides.

University of Chicago researchers also have access to Euromonitor data through Passport GMID.  Euromonitor’s category briefing on sugar confectionery in Mexico discusses the effect of the tax.  Consumption data is also available, although Professor Grogger noted in his presentation that consumption data varied greatly across different sources.

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The legacy of Chicago economics

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Photo credit: Chicago Economics Through the Years | Becker Friedman Institute. Retrieved October 15, 2015, from http://bfi.uchicago.edu/feature-story/chicago-economics-through-years

On October 5th, the Becker Friedman Institute hosted The Legacy of Chicago Economics conference, where leading scholars in economics gathered together to discuss the impressive history of Chicago economics.  A complete list of speakers and the research they discussed can be found on the event page.  Video recordings taken during the conference will also be available soon.

The conference culminated with the Living the Legacy: Chicago Economics throughout the Years panel, which included prominent members of the Department of Economics and the Booth School of Business faculty.  In President Zimmer’s introduction, he shared the astounding fact that the panelists had a total of 229 years of experience.  The panel included three Nobel laureates and was chaired by fourth.

Selected bibliographies of all the panelists can be found on the Faculty Publications page of the Business and Economics research guide.  These bibliographies link directly to full text provided by the library.

The library also owns several print and electronic books discussing the Chicago school of economics, several of which are listed below.

The Special Collections Research Center holds the archives of Chicago Department of Economics records from 1912-1961. Documents from this collection were included in one of the conference presentations discussing the department deliberations that led to Milton Friedman being hired.

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Resource spotlight: Factiva

University of Chicago researchers have access to Factiva, a database of global news and business information.  Factiva provides access to thousands of domestic and international newspapers, newswires, company profiles and media programs with sources from over 100 countries in 28 languages. logo_factiva  Its powerful search engine allows for comprehensive research and the Factiva Expert Search feature has been created to simplify complex searches, including investor and news sentiment.

The News Pages section makes it easy to browse the top business publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Barron’s.  Once you’ve found articles you would like to read, translations are available and the articles can be downloaded as MP3s to listen to on your commute or as you walk around campus.

Fun fact: Transcripts are available from BBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN and NPR.

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Attend Econ 101: an introduction to library resources

The Business and Economics Librarians at University of Chicago will be offering an orientation for new students in The College planning on studying economics on Friday, September 25.  If you are majoring in economics, this is a can’t miss 60-minute session.  Learn about all the services the Library can provide to aid your research, from accessing the major relevant newspapers and journals (think The Economist and The Wall Street Journal) to finding economics articles and papers.  An introduction to some of the best sources for economics data will also be provided.  The session will begin promptly on the hour.

Where: The Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 523

When: Friday, September 25 at 11am

 

Questions? Ask a Librarian

 

 

The Business of China

This week’s “Black Monday” market crash clearly demonstrates how interconnected China’s economy is with the rest of the world’s economies.  The Economist‘s online article The Causes and Consequences of China’s Market Crash provides insight into what seems to have been the cause.  Chinese markets have remained volatile since the devaluation of the yuan on August 11.  The continued decline last week of the Shanghai Composite Index is suggesting that China’s industrial activity is slowing.  University of Chicago researchers interested in diving into China’s industry data to form their own analysis can do so with China Data Online.  Data for over 30 industry categories are available for general analysis going back until 1999.  Monthly statistics on output and production, top enterprises and market analysis by city and region are available as well, including statistics from 2015.

University of Chicago researchers can also search Factiva and EconLit for articles discussing business in China.

 

Questions? Ask a Librarian

 

Citation: (2015, August 24). The causes and consequences of China’s market crash.  The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/news/business-and-finance/21662092-china-sneezing-rest-world-rightly-nervous-causes-and-consequences-chinas

 

What is the value of a brand?

Earlier this year, the question What is the value of a brand? was  answered on The Big Question, a video series created by Booth’s research magazine Capital Ideas.  An expert panel consisting of Professor Ann L. McGill and Professor Pradeep K. Chintagunta as well as Ann  Mukherjee, the president of global snacks and global insights at PepsiCo, discussed the function of brands, building a brand,  and measuring and increasing brand value.

University of Chicago researchers can learn more about brand value using the following resources:

  • eMarketer provides rankings by brand value across different different industries based on overall financial return to an organization’s investors, the brand’s influence on the generation of demand through choice, and the ability of the brand to create loyalty and keep generating demand and profit into the future.
  • Factiva allows you easily filter your search for content in the subject area of Branding.
  • Passport GMID covers a range of topics including brand divestment and provides  international brand share statistics and brand analysis.

Questions?  Ask a Librarian.

New Features in Passport GMID

Passport GMID is a rich source of market research and analysis from Euromonitor International. Don’t let the name fool you, Euromonitor covers major markets world wide. You can now register on Passport GMID to gain access to some great new features.

  • Custom news feeds
    Select industries, market segments and geographies to get custom news when you log in or get email alerts when new research and analysis is available.
  • Save research reports to Saved Research for easy access
  • Save data to My Downloads for quick retrieval at a later date

Connect to Passport GMID here
At the home page, look for “Register for My Pages” in the right column. You’ll need to use a uchicago email address to register. Off-campus users will still need to authenticate through the proxy server to get access to the database.

Registration is not required but it is the only way you can get access to these features.