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Category Archives: Society

Bitcoin bubble

Is Bitcoin condemned to be the next speculative bubble?

With a market cap of approximately €87.4 billion and a current all-time high price of €5270 (Wilmoth, 2017),  Bitcoin’s price and success seem to be heading through the roof and beyond. While hitting the €1000 mark in mid-January , the price has since increased with almost 430%. Taking into account these  extraordinary numbers, the main question arises whether Bitcoin will be the next speculative bubble.

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Mechanization and automation of labor and why you should be afraid!

“ Build that wall! Build that wall!” I guess we all know where those words come from. The populist rhetoric that has been used by many political players, including the don himself has been characterized by a rising hatred towards immigration and foreign trade among others. People believe that the rising unemployment and stagnating wages might be due to foreigners taking their jobs. However, the reality might be different, and thus I’ll be trying to bring forth an alternative explanation in this article.

Earth

Climate change and the refugee crisis may be linked

It is a topic barely discussed during campaigns and debates for the Dutch elections: climate change. And more precisely, how to limit global warming and its consequences. A topic that was hotly debated, however, was the refugee crisis. In this article, I will discuss why climate change and the refugee crisis may be linked and urge for a greener society.

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How rational is our behavior?

Rationality is the state of being reasonable. It is decision making process, based on our intuition to weight the benefits against the costs and to maximize our utility. With past experiences in our pocket and all available information at hand to make a rational decision, we still divert from this behavioral pattern. Is decision making only based on external factors or is there a deeper explanation to it? Could it be possible that our genetics are part of the reason for our rationality or lack thereof?

Economen bootcam

Job Hunting

Some months ago, I wrote about my adventure of studying Spanish in Valencia. At this moment, I am back in the game. Back in the Netherlands and deep into the process of searching for jobs. The student life is really ending right now. A new adventure may start soon, hopefully! The question is: how do you find out what you want to do? One of the things to do is visiting InHouse days. So, that is what I did on Wednesday 18th of January. Early in the morning I took the train to The Hague. Off to the “Economen Bootcamp” of the Dutch government.

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Why do we donate to charity?

It is almost December! December is one of my favourite months. I’ll admit, I’m not a big fan of the cold and the rain. What I do love though is Sinterklaas, Christmas and New Year’s. Just spending time with family and friends. It is the month of celebrations and the month of giving. One of the big events in the Netherlands is the glass house of 3FM Serieus Request, where everybody listens to music and donates money. Last year they collected an amount of 8.466.249 euros! But why do we donate money to charity?