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Research Seminars

Effects of Official versus Online Review Ratings

Wednesday, 7 July 2021
11:00 to 12:00
Virtual seminar

Speaker: Dr Binam Ghimire (Northumbria University)
Virtual seminar by: Marketing and International Business (MIB)

Abstract: This study investigates the impact of governmental and social media ratings on the clientele base of 330 restaurants located in Newcastle, UK. Using the Food Standard Agency’s hygiene rating score, Google review star rating data and through the application of a set of multiple regression models, it shows that the impact of Google review rating is higher and more robust to the inclusion of meal price, social media coverage, location and cuisine controls. The findings imply that Google review ratings are sufficient for the formation of the efficient separating equilibrium and, thus, government intervention in the form of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is less effective.

Bio: Dr. Binam Ghimire is a Senior Lecturer in Finance at the Newcastle Business School of Northumbria University. Dr. Ghimire completed his PhD in Finance from Liverpool John Moores University which was funded by Centre for International Banking and Finance. Dr. Ghimire also holds MBA and MSc in Finance degrees. Dr. Ghimire’s research is primarily focussed within finance with specialism in investment management, which benefits from over a decade of professional banking experience. Dr. Ghimire has publications in the topics of responsible finance, assets pricing, portfolio performance, cryptocurrency and the linkage and complementary relationship between banks and stock markets. Additionally, Dr. Ghimire is interested in regional research covering the North east area of England. More information and Dr. Ghimire’s publication details are available here:
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/our-staff/g/binam-ghimire/


PhD students of MIB are expected to attend our seminar/workshop series as much as possible as part of their training.

Effects of Official versus Online Review Ratings

Wednesday, 7 July 2021
11:00 to 12:00
Virtual seminar

Speaker: Dr Binam Ghimire (Northumbria University)
Virtual seminar by: Marketing and International Business (MIB)

Abstract: This study investigates the impact of governmental and social media ratings on the clientele base of 330 restaurants located in Newcastle, UK. Using the Food Standard Agency’s hygiene rating score, Google review star rating data and through the application of a set of multiple regression models, it shows that the impact of Google review rating is higher and more robust to the inclusion of meal price, social media coverage, location and cuisine controls. The findings imply that Google review ratings are sufficient for the formation of the efficient separating equilibrium and, thus, government intervention in the form of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is less effective.

Bio: Dr. Binam Ghimire is a Senior Lecturer in Finance at the Newcastle Business School of Northumbria University. Dr. Ghimire completed his PhD in Finance from Liverpool John Moores University which was funded by Centre for International Banking and Finance. Dr. Ghimire also holds MBA and MSc in Finance degrees. Dr. Ghimire’s research is primarily focussed within finance with specialism in investment management, which benefits from over a decade of professional banking experience. Dr. Ghimire has publications in the topics of responsible finance, assets pricing, portfolio performance, cryptocurrency and the linkage and complementary relationship between banks and stock markets. Additionally, Dr. Ghimire is interested in regional research covering the North east area of England. More information and Dr. Ghimire’s publication details are available here:
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/our-staff/g/binam-ghimire/


PhD students of MIB are expected to attend our seminar/workshop series as much as possible as part of their training.