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What OPEC can learn from the soybean history

Last year an unknown price competition was going on between oil leaders. By increasing production, and thereby lowering the market price for oil, they tried to compete each other out. On November 2016, members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and ten other countries, among them Russia, decreased part of their production. This month the same leaders decided to extend this policy for nine months. The goal is to increase the price of oil, but MarketWatch came up with an interesting thread by looking at history.

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Field Experiment in Ghana

In March I went to Ghana together with another student and our professor Daan van Soest to conduct a field experiment for our thesis. In cooperation with the World Bank and the government of Ghana, we conducted an experiment with farmers in the North of Ghana. This experiment is part of a large project, the Sustainable Land and Water Management Project, which is aimed at reducing land degradation and to enhance maintenance of biodiversity by planting trees. To increase the number of trees which survive, farmers are financially incentivized to take care of the trees. In our experiment we tested different treatments to select farmers to participate in the program.

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Government Traineeships

The job opportunities at the Dutch government are endless. Every year, many vacancies open for starters, and they have multiple interesting government traineeships. The BoFEB, Rijkstraineeship and Financial traineeship are the most fitting for economics students. How do you get an interview and how to prepare for it?

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Ransomware VS Your Thesis Files

Nowadays, computers and software have become an essential part of our lives. We use them for personal purposes, for work, study and in every aspect of our public and private lives. This importance has created markets of all sorts, including black markets for harmful software aimed at gaining money at the expense of other people.

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The sunny side of the temperature

This week, after all hope was lost, temperatures are rising and the suns shows himself more often. Time, I supposed, to reconsider the economic effects of sunny weather on the economy. I will not, however, consider the unfortunate ASSET-member who spent a sunny afternoon in his garden, only to see his laptop crashing.