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How the Dutch housing market recovery pushes people into trouble

Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, can be found in the top 10 of many lists. One might wonder what kind of lists we are dealing with. The answer is simple, the annual price development of the owner-occupied housing market. Amsterdam saw an astonishing 14% increase in owner-occupied housing prices over the year 2017, according to Statistics Netherlands. Their figures show an increase of 7.6% for The Netherlands as a whole. The Dutch housing market is doing seemingly well, but is this the full picture?

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From boycott to buycott – Digital Democracy as a 21st century tool for Sustainable Capitalism

The amazing buzzword ‘sustainability’ has become engrained in our economy since the focus shifted from ‘shareholder value’ to ‘stakeholder value’. Regardless of the company’s nature – whether it’s a coffee bean producer or Shell – every firm has found some way in which it can position itself as a promotor of welfare. But how do we distinguish between sustainability as a marketing tool and sustainability as a radical business transformer? There is a role for every consumer.

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How hot can we get? We are in Europe after all, right?

Nearly all financial news of the past few months has been focused on one thing: a world economy in danger of overheating. Plenty of warnings, yet change does not seem to be on the horizon. Is this an unavoidable human desire to forget the evil past and dive headfirst into another mistake? Is it impossible to change this cycle?

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Behavioral Economics: Nudges, a concise look

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.

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Mister Moneyman: our Treasurer Jeroen!

With this article, I want to show some of the tasks the treasurer of our study association has on a daily basis. The day starts in the early morning with checking mails like all the other board members. My mail looks a little different from the others. It mostly consists of invoices, which I need to pay. This can be for flyers for the promotion of our events or for the beers that we drank the evening before in Café the Philip. If I see an email containing an invoice, I always print the invoices right away and put them in my ‘need to be paid’ folder on my desk.

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Explosion of Esports

(Author’s note: as each game and following are much different from each other, majority of the content in this article follows the game I follow the most: Dota2.)

Esports, standing for exactly what you might think: electronic sports, encompass a wide array of games where highly skilled players go against each other for constantly rising price pools. Those games in most cases are team-based where just like in another sport team cooperation and individual ability are vital. Tournaments for some of the oldest games have been going for over 15 years now, but it is only in recent years the scene has moved to more of a mainstream, and stigma of playing games began to fade away as huge winnings and outside support started raising.