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Mining digs deeper and deeper into our energy consumption.

In the recent months of crypto-currency development, one key aspect has been on the rise: the energy consumption during the mining and transaction process, so much so that there was an energy consumption index made for Bitcoin. The number of miners and their energy usage was on the rise as crypto-currencies moved from obscure payment method to Goldman Sachs creating services around them. This in addition to many others concerns brings up a lot of questions regarding contemporary attitudes to the environment. Infrastructure of block-chain can be used in innovative ways for new approaches to modern problems but can the problem itself offer a solution to rising energy consumption?

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My week as the Chairman of Asset | Economics

First of all, I would like to introduce myself. I am Renee Hekerman and currently, I am the chairman of Asset | Economics. In September, we were officially installed as board, but what are you doing as a chairman all day long? Because admit it, this position is the vaguest of all… So that’s a question I often get and therefore I would finally like to give you some insight in my week.

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Pension Headache and the Missing Part of the Puzzle

The first Rutte cabinet (Rutte I) decided to increase the retirement age in 2011. At that time, the Dutch parliament agreed upon an increase of the retirement age to 66 in 2020. After the fall of this cabinet, the second Rutte cabinet (Rutte II) proposed a more rigorous solution in the retirement age question. The retirement age should increase to 66 in 2018 and in steps to 67 in 2021. From 2022 onwards it will be linked to the life expectancy. That is why as of this year the retirement age to receive the (full) AOW-benefit increased to 66[1].

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Fish in Troubled Waters

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?

 

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My week as the External Affairs Officer of Asset | Economics

Monday morning 8AM: *BEEP BEEP BEEP*

It is Monday morning again. I am getting ready for the start of the week: the board meeting with my fellow board members. The meeting takes between two and three hours. But today was different, we had to keep it short. Jamy (Secretary & External Affairs Officer), Renee (Chairman) and I had to catch the train to Amstelveen.

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Trump’s alleged Christmas present

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.

Basic income: actually a bad idea

Recently, talking about a basic income has become, so to speak, fashionable. The Dutch Bureau for Economic Analysis has calculated the effects of such a basic income, but argued that it would be a bad idea. Without the equations, but with qualitative arguments, I shall try here to explain why a basic income does not bring the benefits we hope to see from it and why the results of the experiments that so far took place are not reliable.