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Econ 050

Dec 20, 2019

Since the financial crisis in 2008, the notion of a “bail out” has become something of a household term. But what about a bail in? Assistant professor Christiaan van der Kwaak researches the Eurozone, the 19 EU states that use the euro, and he says that there are still some fundamental flaws in the system feeding...


Dec 6, 2019

Associate professor Jochen Mierau’s background is in economics, but as a founding member of the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health, he is applying his expertise to a new discipline. Health outcomes vary from one nation to the next, but zooming in on the level of neighbourhoods can shed light on best practices that...


Nov 22, 2019

Microcredit was a major buzzword in the world of development aid in recent years, being breathlessly praised as a breakthrough panacea. But our guest today, professor Robert Lensink of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen, says that providing small amounts of financial support...


Nov 8, 2019

YouTube, Netflix, Google, Facebook: these digital platforms and services have all become seemingly indispensable and inescapable parts of modern life. But how much do users truly value ostensibly free online services? How much would it be worth to you to walk away from them? That often depends strongly on how you use...


Oct 25, 2019

The Netherlands sees itself as an extremely equitable country, which is not entirely without cause: it was one of the first in the world to legalize gay marriage and provides at least some paternal leave. But when it comes to achieving genuine equality in the work place – not just between men and women, but also...