Regional and Business Studies <p>ISSN 2732-2726 (Online)<br />ISSN 2061-2311 (Print until 2020)<br />Regional and Business Studies is an international, transdisciplinary scientific journal published recently twice a year and contains original scientific reports, research results, critical résumés, conference reviews, and letters to the editors. The topic of the journal includes the important fields of business, rural and regional development, and social sciences.<br />Founded: 2009 at Kaposvár University Faculty of Economic Science.</p> en-US (Kinga Szabó, PhD) (Zoltán Diszterhöft) Tue, 28 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 OJS 60 Content Róbert Barna Copyright (c) 2022 Róbert Barna Tue, 28 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Health Awareness Toward Dairy Functional Foods in Hungary <p class="Abstract"><span lang="EN-GB">Recently</span><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-style: normal;">,</span><span lang="EN-GB"> the development of functional food products has played an essential role in healthy behavior. The increase in knowledge of consumers spurs concerns about health and how diet directly impacts health status. Functional foods are a new type of product that provide consumers with improvements in targeted physiological functions and a healthy lifestyle. Twenty-first-century consumers are seeking foods that have beneficial effects on the body beyond the conventional known nutritional role of the food. However</span><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-style: normal;">,</span><span lang="EN-GB"> many consumers are still unclear about what functionality a given represents and the intended purpose of a given food product. In the Hungarian dairy sector</span><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-style: normal;">,</span><span lang="EN-GB"> most dairy products stand out as the largest segment of functional foods giving the diversity of Hungarian’s functional dairy market. Several studies have looked at the trends of individual perception and consumer behavior regarding new foods in the market and their functional role in health and disease. The objective of this review is to highlight how health awareness influences the acceptance and consumption of dairy functional foods in Hungary.</span></p> Mohammad Mohammad Copyright (c) 2021 Mohammad Mohammad Tue, 28 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Is Organic Food Good for Health and the Environment? <p>Global organic food consumption has increased significantly in the last decade. Organic product agriculture is a one-of-a-kind technique that strikes a balance between environmental sustainability and consumer safety by developing a good client relationship with the end customer or consumer group. According to environmental studies, organic farming is less damaging to the environment than traditional agricultural methods. Recent studies show that customers who eat organic foods have lower pesticide exposure, which results in fewer human diseases. Organic food has more nutrients. However, the evidence to support this is lacking, and no well-designed human study has shown any direct health benefits or disease prevention benefits from consuming organically produced food. Furthermore, some researchers mention that for some types of plants, the nutrients in the case of conventional products were better. This study aims to identify the benefits of organic foods over conventional foods and consumers' beliefs about health and environmental benefits associated with organic foods. Secondary data for this research have been gathered from different international journals and the Internet, utilizing information from a variety of scholarly publications. The author addresses the present state of organic farming, as well as the benefits and disadvantages of consuming organic and conventional food,. The article has also investigated the effects of organic and conventional food production on both health and the environment.</p> Ahmad Durbul, Imre Fertő, Samir Zaien Copyright (c) 2021 Ahmad Durbul, Imre Fertő, Samir Zaien Tue, 28 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Circular Economy: An Analysis for Turkey <p class="Abstract"><span lang="EN-GB" style="letter-spacing: -.3pt;">Circular Economy has emerged in need of an alternative economic model to reduce the environmental hazard and improve sustainability. This study analyzed four different indicators of Circular Economy, namely: resource productivity, renewable energy consumption, domestic material consumption and the generation of municipal waste based on secondary data to depict the volume of circular practices in Turkey in a frame of Circular Economy and environmental performance. Main findings of the paper show that Turkey is lagging behind the EU average regarding circular economy practices and environmental performance. On the other hand, increased levels of Renewable Energy Consumption may help to reduce CO<sub>2</sub> emissions.</span></p> Birce Azizli Copyright (c) 2021 Birce Azizli Tue, 28 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Testing the Two-Step Model of Marketing Krishna Consciousness in Europe <p>Krishna Consciousness is a new religious movement, which has gained higher and higher importance in the past decades in Europe. During multiple researches between 2013 and 2020 (Bence, 2014; Bence-Kiss, 2020) a two-step model was identified, in which Krishna-conscious communities of Europe attract people outside the religion as tourists to rural communities in the different countries, where they gain more knowledge about the religion in informal, non-pressing ways. The Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change (TTM) (Prochaska &amp; DiClemente, 1983) may be applied to analyze the behavior through which people transform from tourists to actual members of the religious community via a set of behavior changes. The objective of this study was to test the applicability of this concept previously found (Bence-Kiss, 2020) on two countries, which have not been part of the initial research: France and Italy.</p> <p>Online content analysis, observations and in-depth interviews were applied to identify the general structure of the religious community in each countries; and the results were compared to the previous findings, confirming that the two-step model and TTM may also be applied to analyze the involvement into Krishna Consciousness in these countries as well.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Krisztina Bence-Kiss Copyright (c) 2021 Krisztina Bence-Kiss Tue, 28 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Monetary Policy and Stock Market Liquidity in Emerging Market Economies <p class="Abstract"><span lang="EN-GB">In the era of globalization, the financial systems of all countries have faced severe challenges and their negative impacts such as overheated economy, high inflation, stock market crash, financial crisis, and other financial collapses. It has raised significant concerns influencing the effects of macroeconomic policies and responses of the financial system of each country all over the world even in normal times and turbulent times in various respects. And stock markets in emerging market economies are no exceptions. Indeed, it is proven by more and more studies that have been implemented to assess stock market liquidity in emerging market economies in different periods and the impacts of certain macroeconomic drivers on monetary policy. This study aimed to systematically review the literature on monetary policy and stock market liquidity measures and how monetary policy affects stock market liquidity. The study summarized the essential findings and approaches in the extant literature. Numerous reputable academic databases were used via a systematic methodology of literature review. Generally, this study sheds light on the crucial macroeconomic role of monetary policy as a potential determinant of stock market liquidity in different timelines. Recommendations and theoretical discussions given by researchers provide an overall review of the relationship between monetary policy and stock market liquidity in emerging market economies.</span></p> Uyen Thanh Hoang Ton, Tibor Tatay Copyright (c) 2021 Uyen Thanh Hoang Ton, Tibor Tatay Tue, 28 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000