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A single-resource revenue management problem with random resource consumptions

Wed, 2012-08-22 12:00

We study a single-resource multi-class revenue management problem where the resource consumption for each class is random and only revealed at departure. The model is motivated by cargo revenue management problems in the airline and other shipping industries.

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A knowledge-based architecture for integrating and interpreting population health data

Fri, 2012-08-17 12:00

In this paper, we describe our ongoing effort on the design and development of a knowledge-based system for monitoring and analyzing evidence-based population health indicators, with focus on indicators of chronic diseases related to obesity.

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Seasonal energy storage operations with limited flexibility: The price-adjusted rolling intrinsic policy

Fri, 2012-08-17 10:30

The value of seasonal energy storage depends on how the firm operates storage to capture seasonal price spreads. Energy storage operations typically face limited operational flexibility characterized by the speed of storing and releasing energy, which makes the optimal policy, in general, difficult to compute.

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Paths of convergence for agriculture, health, and wealth

Fri, 2012-08-17 12:00

This special feature calls for forward thinking around paths of convergence for agriculture, health, and wealth. Such convergence aims for a richer integration of smallholder farmers into national and global agricultural and food systems, health systems, value chains, and markets.

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Global standards and local knowledge building: Upgrading small producers in developing countries

Fri, 2012-08-17 12:00

Local knowledge building is a crucial factor for upgrading small producers and improving their market competitiveness and livelihoods. The rise of global standards affecting food safety and environmental sustainability in agriculture sparks debates on the impact on smallholders in developing countries.

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Incorporating the threat of terrorist attacks in the design of public service facility networks

Fri, 2012-08-17 12:00

In this paper, we consider the design problem of a public service facility network with existing facilities when there is a threat of possible terrorist attacks. The aim of the system planner, who is responsible for the operation of the network, is to open new facilities, relocate existing ones if necessary, and protect some of the facilities.

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Mandatory IFRS Adoption and the Contractual Usefulness of Accounting Information in Executive Compensation

Fri, 2012-08-03 12:00

We examine how the mandatory adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in continental Europe affects the contractual usefulness of accounting information in executive compensation, as reflected in pay-performance sensitivity (PPS) and relative performance evaluation (RPE).

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Why Do Women Still Earn Less Than Men? Analyzing the Search for High-paying Jobs

Wed, 2012-08-01 12:00

Why do women continue to earn less money than men -- approximately 20% less, according to some estimates -- and what can be done about it? At least half the pay gap reflects the fact that women tend to work in different kinds of occupations and industries than men, a phenomenon known as "gender segregation."

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Why do anti-hunger and anti-obesity initiatives always fall short?

Mon, 2012-07-23 12:00

With widespread hunger continuing to haunt developing nations, and obesity fast becoming a global epidemic, any number of efforts on the parts of governments, scientists, non-profit organizations and the business world have taken aim at these twin nutrition-related crises. But all of these efforts have failed to make a large dent in the problems...

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Lessons from the Canadian national health information technology plan for the United States: Opinions of key Canadian experts

Tue, 2012-07-03 12:00

Objective: To summarize the Canadian health information technology (HIT) policy experience and impart lessons learned to the US as it determines its policy in this area. Design: Qualitative analysis of interviews with identified key stakeholders followed by an electronic survey.

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