Business

Effectiveness of Guidance and Counseling Services on Adolescent Self- concept in Khwisero District, Kakamega County
Self concept is one’s self identity. It’s a representation of a person’s own perceived beliefs, attitudes, competencies and characteristics. The researcher was motivated to make a study on the effectiveness of guidance and counseling services on adolescent self concept in schools within Khwisero district, in Kakamega County. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design. The dist...


Career Construction Counseling: A Thematic Analysis of Outcomes for Four Clients
Thematic analysis was used in this study of career construction counseling with four diverse, purposively-selected participants. After the intervention, the participants who sought and received career construction counseling were interviewed to determine their experience of the intervention. The results showed the value of career construction counseling in bringing about change in the participa...
The Influence of Social Comparison on Career Decision-Making: Vocational Identity as a Moderator and Regret as a Mediator
This study investigated the influence of social comparison on career choice certainty and its potential mechanisms: regret as a mediator and vocational identity as a moderator. Before the formal experiment, 30 pairs of vocational values representing typical conflicts in career decision-making for Chinese university students were obtained. The formal experiment adopted a single-factor (social co...


Land use and rent gradients with a monopoly vendor and two central business districts
Dispersed consumer amenities such as shopping and cultural attractions greatly influence land use patterns and rent gradients. Lai and Tsai (J Urban Econ 63:536–543, 2008) generalize the traditional Alonso–Mills–Muth model by introducing a monopoly vendor and show that the vendor will choose a boundary location. We generalize their model by allowing for inter-city shopping, which is very ...
The human aspect of cross-border acquisition outcomes: The role of management practices, employee emotions, and national culture
Employee emotions have received little attention in the literature on M&A outcomes. As acquisitions are highly emotional events for the employees of the acquired organization, strong affective reactions may emerge resulting in positive or negative work-related outcomes, contributing to the success or failure of an M&A. Building upon the model proposed by Sinkovics et al. (2011) ...


Just like a fine wine? Age, emotional intelligence, and cross-cultural adjustment
In this study, we use socioemotional selectivity theory to shed light on the role of expatriates’ age in the relationship between emotional intelligence (EI) and cross-cultural adjustment (CCA) of expatriates on assignment. We test our hypotheses using hierarchical regression models and a sample of 254 French expatriate managers. Our analysis reveals a number of interesting findings. First, w...
The Other Asian Enigma: Explaining the Rapid Reduction of Undernutrition in Bangladesh
Although South Asia has long been synonymous with persistent and unusually high rates of child undernutrition – the so called Asian Enigma – Bangladesh has managed to sustain a surprisingly rapid reduction in the rate of child undernutrition for at least two decades. We investigate this unheralded success through a regression and decomposition analysis of changes in child growth outcomes ac...

The Role of Subsidization and Organizational Status on Microfinance Borrower Repayment Rates
We use multilevel analysis to examine the effect of different types of external funding (donations vs. subsidies) on microfinance institutions’ borrower repayment rates. Using information on 947 MFIs over a 10-year period we find that private funding is positively related to MFIs’ abilities to screen borrowers and to monitor borrower repayment rates. We also find that MFIs that have a highe...
Are Rainfed Agricultural Households Insured? Evidence from Five Villages in Vidarbha, India
There are several studies on risk and insurance in village economies in the developing world. However, there is a lack of evidence for recent decades in spite of profound changes including structural transformation and widespread market liberalization in most regions. In this paper, I use primary panel data from five rainfed villages in a high-risk region of India and find evidence of considera...

NGOs, States, and Donors Revisited: Still Too Close for Comfort?
Serious questions remain about the ability of NGOs to meet long-term transformative goals in their work for development and social justice. We investigate how, given their weak roots in civil society and the rising tide of technocracy that has swept through the world of foreign aid, most NGOs remain poorly placed to influence the real drivers of social change. However we also argue that NGOs ca...
Analysis of Adoption and Impacts of Improved Maize Varieties in Eastern Zambia
This paper analyzes the adoption and welfare impacts of improved maize varieties in eastern Zambia using data obtained from a sample of over 800 farm households. Using both propensity score matching and endogenous switching regression models, the paper shows that adoption of improved maize leads to significant gains in crop incomes, consumption expenditure, and food security. further show that ...

Cohort Profile: The Bissau HIV Cohort--a cohort of HIV-1, HIV-2 and co-infected patients
The West African country Guinea-Bissau is home to the world’s highest prevalence of HIV-2, and its HIV-1 prevalence is rising. Other chronic viral infections like human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) and hepatitis B virus are common as well. The Bissau HIV Cohort was started in 2007 to gain new insights into the overall effect of introducing antiretroviral treatment in a treatment-n...
Use of back protector device on motorcycles and mopeds in Italy
The international scientific literature reports no data on the prevalence and effectiveness of back protector devices (BPD). In Italy, no data have been collected on BPD because their use is not mandatory. To fill this gap, the National Institute of Health implemented a cross-sectional study in collaboration with the National Traffic Police. Accident cases were collected from 1 December 2011 to...
From shouting matches to productive dialogue - establishing stakeholder participation in Polish fisheries governance
Environmental governance is increasingly turning away from classic top-down hierarchical governance regimes and experimenting with more collaborative forms of governance, e.g., analytic-deliberative participation of resource users. In this paper, we examine the role of the Polish Baltic Sea Fisheries Roundtable as a multi-stakeholder platform in Polish Baltic Sea fisheries governance. The fishe...
Beyond economic growth: the genuine progress of Hong Kong from 1968 to 2010
We estimate the Genuine Progress Indicator of Hong Kong from 1968 to 2010. We present the results for all items of the economic, environmental and social sub-indices, and compare these sub-indices to the GPI and the GDP. Our main finding is that while in other countries the GPI has been dropping (since the 1970s or 1980s in most Western countries) or has been stable (since the 1990s in many Asi...