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I’m (Not) Afraid to Say: What Are the Limits of Frankness in Posts about Sexual Violence

The #imnotafraidtosay (Russian: #янебоюсьсказать) flashmob on Facebook and other online actions against sexual violence have helped victims to speak out about the problem and get psychological support from the web. At the same time, full frankness is hardly possible in such projects. It is directly related to anonymity. According to HSE researchers, the most painful experiences are still muted in groups where the discussants use their real names.

Instagram Micro-celebrities: What Factors Contribute to Online Endorser Credibility and Influence Consumer Behaviour?

Physical attractiveness, high-quality photos, interesting content, engagement with the audience, and subject competence are the key contributing factors to Instagram micro-celebrities' success, according to a study which examines the influence of online celebrity endorsers on consumer purchase intentions.

Logic of Ignorance: Why Russian Oil Companies Are not Responsive to Environmental Concerns

Senior management of Russian oil companies lack environmental awareness and refuse to invest in environmental safety, according to Sofia Villo, who has examined the operations of Russia's major oil producer from an ecological perspective.

Machine Learning Helping to Save Money at CERN

Researchers at HSE’s Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis (LAMBDA) and the Yandex School of Data Analysis have significantly reduced the cost of CERN’s future SHiP detector. The detector will search for particles responsible for still unexplained phenomena in the Universe. With use of modern machine learning methods, LAMBDA and Yandex scientists came up with very effective configuration of magnets which protect the detector from background particles. As a result, the cost of the entire structure was reduced by 25%.

This Is How We Will Win!

HSE experts have determined that the overconfidence of head football coaches is positively connected with the results of the team. Researchers analysed the behaviour of coaches in the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL). The results of the study have been published in the International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching.

Online Courses No Less Effective Than Offline

Researchers at the Centre of Sociology at HSE’s Institute of Education conducted an experiment to evaluate the effectiveness of massive open online courses (MOOCs) at three Russian universities. According to their findings, students’ results are independent of course format, that is, whether the course is online or offline.

Economics of eSports

Per capita GDP can make a difference in a country’s performance in competitive computer gaming, according to a study conducted by researchers at HSE Perm. While a substantial amount of research focuses on traditional sports, few studies have so far examined eSports. Two HSE researchers examined a resource providing information on tournaments, winners and prizes – for country-level determinants of performance in competitive computer gaming. 

Consuming More: Why Economic Growth Does Not Necessarily Contribute To Human Happiness

Economic growth in developed countries has a dual effect. On one hand, people's living standards and consumer spending are on the rise, but on the other hand, this does not necessarily make people happy and may in fact erode subjective wellbeing and lead to economic crises. A new study co-authored by Francesco Sarracino, HSE LCSR Senior Associate Researcher, examines the reasons behind this phenomenon.

How to Get the Most Out of Foreign Investment

Researchers at the Higher School of Economics (HSE University) have revealed that Russian companies need to invest in the development of intellectual resources in order to maximize the benefits from partners in developed countries. Results of the study have been published in the journal, Knowledge Management Research & Practice.

Researchers Have Found a Link Between Earthquakes and Currency Jumps

Mathematicians at HSE have successfully demonstrated the use of a Japanese model which detects seismic activity in predicting currency risks. The research results have been published in an article entitled 'Hawkes Processes for Forecasting Currency Crashes: Evidence from Russia'.