In modern day society the relatively new field of ‘Behavioral Economics’ is booming and its applications are ubiquitous. This field studies the non-rational psychological side of economic decision making. One of its main theorems is the so-called ‘Nudge theory’, which concerns indirectly influencing the behavior and decision making of groups or individuals, by the means of nudges. Are nudges useful to society and by whom can they be used? This article aims to elucidate the answers to these questions.
The Great Recession seems to be over: unemployment is low, the Dutch CPB has noticed GDP-growth rates that were previously thought to be unattainable and the Dutch government is finally running surpluses. The financial crisis is over.
The European parliament has voted to prohibit ‘electric pulse fishing’, a fishing practice which uses electric pulses to scare flatfish such as the flounder into leaving their sub-seabed hideouts in favour of a waiting fishing net. The European parliament previously allowed up to 5 percent of a country’s fishing fleet to switch to electric pulse fishing, to test the waters. The European parliament now considers the experiment finished and wants to illegalize electric pulse fishing once more. Meanwhile, the Dutch have switched. The French have not. Why and how has this come to be?
In the early 1990s the asset price bubble in Japan collapsed, it was the start of what later came known as the “Lost Decade” or even “Lost Score”. The Financial Services Agency (FSA), the Japanese supervisory and regulatory institution, waited more than a decade before obliging Japanese banks to take the losses on non-performing loans.
If things are going according to plan for the Trump administration, which seems to be a rarity since the president’s inauguration in January, American citizens are to receive tax cut around Christmas. The alleged massive tax cut is primarily intended to benefit Americans with middle and low income, according to Trump. When we take a look at the concept of the different versions of this ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ however, one may ask the question who actually benefits.
“Sleep is my greatest enemy.” – Reed Hastings, CEO Netflix
“Congratulations: you have found an American willing to say he is pro-Trump”, dixit Gary Shapiro. Shapiro is CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, representative for over 2000 tech corporates such as Google and Amazon. Shapiro is an advocate of innovation without borders.
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.