NMSU Business Outlook: April 2014

A Short Note to New Subscribers

Welcome new subscribers! NMSU Business Outlook is a free, monthly online publication sponsored by NMSU’s College of Business. Its primary audience is business practitioners and laypersons. If you prefer not to receive these alert emails, which link to each new issue, please contact me at mhyman@nmsu.edu and I’ll remove your email address from the subscriber list. That said, please try a few issues before deciding. Thanks, and feel free to forward the email address of anyone you believe would appreciate these monthly alerts.
Mike Hyman, Executive Editor


Short-Term Trading Behavior by Property-Liability Insurers

Tim Query, NMSU; Jin Park, Indiana State University

For insurers to achieve long-run financial health, the premiums they charge must be invested in ways that enable them to honor claims yet keep premium rates competitive. Because a significant portion of premiums is invested in equities, it is important to understand insurers’ investment behavior.

Complete Article: Short-Term Trading Behavior by Property-Liability Insurers

Reasons for Trusting Our Ethical Intuitions (Reprint)

Dr. Michael R. Hyman, NMSU

People often rely on their ethical intuitions rather than on deliberate and extensive moral reasoning. There are five good reasons—from evolutionary biology/psychology, game theory, economics, culture, and ethics—for trusting those intuitions about unjust business behavior.

Complete Article: Reasons for Trusting Our Ethical Intuitions (Reprint)

News & Notes

From the Editor: Interesting Articles You May Have Missed

Can’t find enough to read online? Here are links to interesting articles—many posted on NMSU’s KRWG website—that you may have missed during the last month.

Complete Article: Interesting Articles You May Have Missed

Press Release: Henderson State University Hires PhD Project Professor, Dr. Jennifer Zarzosa

The PhD Project, Montvale, NJ

Dr. Jennifer Zarzosa, who recently received her Ph.D. in Marketing from New Mexico State University, is joining the faculty at Henderson State University. She is one of only 24 female, Hispanic-American, marketing professors in the U.S., most of whom became professors after The PhD Project was created in 1994.

Complete Article: Henderson State University Hires PhD Project Professor, Dr. Jennifer Zarzosa

Talking Points

Dr. Christopher A. Erickson, NMSU

Between February 2012 and February 2013, New Mexico employment declined by 0.2%, tying New Mexico with Tennessee for the slowest statewide job growth. This continues a negative trend for New Mexico. Fortunately, revised data show an improving Las Cruces economy. In contrast to previous data, which showed Las Cruces lost jobs in 2012, revised data show job growth of 0.8%. Tesla is seeking to locate a $5 billion plant in one of four states, including New Mexico. Governor Martinez said she would call a special session if necessary to attract Tesla.

Complete Article: Talking Points


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