Just before its 70th birthday, at September 25, the United Nations will host a summit to adapt an ambitious post-2015 agenda that includes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Broadly seen, the SDGs are about fighting poverty, improving health and combating climate change. The progress that has already been made in these areas can be partly attributed to a recent shift in the development approach. While “wicked” problems like poverty and global warming are notoriously difficult to solve and can therefore lead to narrow thinking, the main consensus these days is that these sort of challenges are not merely of economic, social or environmental nature anymore – another reason why proper data collection is so important in today’s world.
Every year on the third Tuesday of the month September the Dutch Head of State announces the budget and policy of the Dutch government for the next calendar year during the so called Troonrede. The main message the politicians and the king wanted to give the people this year is that the economy is getting away from the financial crisis. Almost all people will have a higher purchasing power next year. This positive message of course also has some downturns; for instance, not all people are going to be able to buy more next year, and students are not getting a college grand anymore.
Several professional sports have been intensively using statistics as a key element in their entire way of approaching their sport over the past decades. This was perfectly illustrated by the well-known movie ‘Moneyball’. This is a movie about the American baseball team the Oakland Athletics that starts a revolution in sports, from that moment on all the decisions taken by this team will be solely based on statistics. The revolution appeared to be a great success and ultimately helped this team with a very limited budget, from being a mediocre honk ball team to achieving a record-breaking winning streak of 20.
There is no city, beach, mountain or island where no Dutch person has ever been. The Dutch are really everywhere. From the figures of Statistics Netherlands (CBS) we can see that in 2014 from the 15,7 million Dutch people 9,4 million went on a holiday to a foreign country. But where are all these people going?
Since its launch in 2009, the transportation service company Uber has made a quick international expansion, reaching almost 3 billion in total funding by the start of 2015. Despite its contribution to the so-called “sharing economy”, it has been heavily criticized by governments and taxi companies. New companies like Uber are often accused of destroying the value created in the formal economy and contributing to the destruction of many full-time jobs. Only two weeks ago, hundreds of French taxi drivers blocked the ring road of Paris to protest against the “unfair” competition from the Californian-based company.
Some people are afraid that the best part of their life comes to an end after their study is finished. We wanted to show that this is definitely not always the case, so we decided to ask Asset | Economics’ former chairman Joost Slabbekoorn how he has been doing after his graduation in 2014. He tells us about his interesting traineeship at APG and reflects on his time as a student and a board member.
The media landscape is an ever changing world. Especially in the last decade we have seen massive changes in the way we consume information and entertainment. The rise of social media can be seen as the most important phenomenon in all of this.
Among the active members of study association Asset|Economics, many students can be found who have interesting activities besides their studies. In this article Laurens Otemann will be interviewed about his experience with combining studying and sports. Laurens is currently graduating from his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Economics at Tilburg University and he has played water polo in the Dutch Eredivisie, the highest water polo league of the Netherlands.