WORK, HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

The dynamic relationships between work, family and leisure is studied, along with its impact on health and quality of life. Research assesses individual, family, community and organizational factors affecting well-being, safety, productivity and optimal business solutions.

TOURISM AND THE SMALL BUSINESS

Does tourism contribute to community sustainability and quality of life? Jonathon Day, associate professor in HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT, has studied small tourism businesses across Indiana and the way they contribute to their destination communities. His findings show that small tourism businesses contribute to sustainability and the triple bottom line: environment, culture and society, and the economy. “These small businesses encourage visitors to see local attractions, employ local people, source local products, and reduce waste and energy consumption whenever possible,” Day says. “The result is that their local communities are stronger and more vibrant places to live and visit.” When asked why they pursued sustainable business practices, respondents said it was the right thing to do, it helped their business and it reduced costs. It seems you can do well while doing good for Indiana.

INSURING THE POOR

Despite facing large risks, people living in poor households usually do not purchase insurance, although it is a key risk-management tool. Jonathan Bauchet, assistant professor in CONSUMER SCIENCE, is among a growing number of researchers taking a closer look at the financial life of those living in poverty. His recent research focuses on their attitudes about purchasing insurance, and saving and borrowing money. “We used to think these households were too poor to save and couldn’t afford loans or insurance,” Bauchet says. “But research in the last decade shows that’s not the case at all. These families actually need to have access to a complete set of appropriate financial services because being poor means that their income is not only very low but also highly irregular.” In particular, Bauchet has examined the demand for life micro insurance in Mexico and how providers can improve selling techniques. Micro insurance is so-named because of its low premiums and payouts, specifically designed for poor households. His interest in the area of finance among impoverished households derives from his time spent as a development worker in Haiti. “I see my research as an effort to inform policy in order to increase its positive impacts on poor people’s lives,” he says.

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