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Health care insurance, an evergrowing expense

Last Monday was the deadline day for health insurers to announce their insurance rates for the upcoming year. On average, the increase in insurance rate is almost 6%. This is for the basic insurances, if you want to have more freedom of healthcare choice, the rates go up a little more than the 6%. In the annual budget the cabinet predicted how much the premiums for health insurance would increase, which would result in an increase of 10.33 euros per month. This would be a total of almost 124 euros a year.  Therefore, the actual increase is lower than the predicted increase. In this article, I will discuss the main factors that cause the health insurance premium to rise.

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Abolition dividend tax, reconsidered

The abolition of the dividend tax in the Netherlands has been the topic of discussion in the house of representatives for the last couple of months. A big player in the decision was Unilever, who would possibly move their headquarters to the Netherlands if the dividend tax was abolished. This was one of the main reasons to abolish the tax. When Unilever announced that they weren’t so sure about moving their headquarters to the Netherlands anymore, the house of representatives took another look at the abolition  of the tax.  This time, they came to the conclusion that the abolition did not yield enough economic benefits that outweighed the possible costs of the abolition.

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Economic news in CEE: a unique paradox in Europe [informative 3-minute read]

The Romanian economy has grown significantly; by 27% in the past decade. According to an analysis by Coface Romania, this growth has entitled Romania as Central and Eastern Europe’s (CEE) growth champion in September 2018.

Despite the economic lift, most companies in Romania are currently confronted with a higher risk of bankruptcy now, compared to 10 years ago.

Discussie Duurzaamheid of Mededinging

Discussie: Duurzaamheid of Mededinging? [Longread]

Micro-economie – Dit artikel gaat over de netelige kwestie of de economische ideeën van duurzaamheid en mededinging op gespannen voet met elkaar staan. Voor dit artikel heb ik een interview afgenomen met prof. E.E.C. van Damme, hoogleraar economie aan Tilburg University, om insights te krijgen over deze twee concepten. De aanleiding van dit stuk is een artikel van Van Damme (2017) genaamd ‘Goede marktwerking en overige publieke belangen’ in het economisch tijdschrift Markt en Mededinging (M&M) en zal dan ook de leidraad vormen.

Review The current disruptive strikes in France

Review: The current disruptive strikes across France

As tens of thousands of people took the streets across France throughout the last couple of weeks, President Emmanuel Macron’s social and economic policy seem to have struck a nerve. The Macron government has insisted to overhaul France’s rail system and to bring changes to employment benefits and the pension system. This quite revolutionizing agenda has lead to actions of protest from railway workers and air traffic controllers to teachers and students.

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Steeling the Spotlight Again

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” In 2002, the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush declared tariffs on imported steel for a three year period, placing a tax of up to 30% on those goods. At the end, the policy lasted only 18 months and brought a number of issues with it which could be repeated very soon.