Research & Analysis

How much does political leaning influence giving, and what does that mean in broader terms?

How much does political leaning influence giving, and what does that mean in broader terms?

In the era of US President Donald Trump and the UK’s vote to exit the EU, many are wondering about intrinsic differences between the right and left and where political preferences come from. In a paper about to be published in Elsevier’s Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, researchers Kaj Thomsson and Alexander Vostroknutov explore this question through the lens of giving: How is sharing shaped by our political inclinations?

New rule makes sports more competitive and fun to watch

New rule makes sports more competitive and fun to watch

Sports such as volleyball, badminton and squash can be made more competitive and thrilling to watch if the so-called ‘Catch-Up Rule’ is applied, according to researchers Steven Brams (New York University, US), Mehmet Ismail (UM), Marc Kilgour (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada) and Walter Stromquist (Swarthmore College, US). Last year, Mehmet Ismail and Professor Steven Brams applied the Catch-Up Rule to the football penalty shootouts.

Cultivated beef to be available in supermarkets soon, says UM’s Mark Post

Cultivated beef to be available in supermarkets soon, says UM’s Mark Post

In August 2013, the first cultivated meat hamburger was prepared and sampled in London, England. Maastricht University Professor Mark Post created the burger–which he says is healthier for both consumers and the environment. Early this month, Post told Dutch radio 1Limburg that he expects cultivated meat to be available in supermarkets in as few as four years.

Six Vidi grants awarded to UM researchers

Six Vidi grants awarded to UM researchers

Six researchers from Maastricht University (UM) will each receive up to €800,000 to launch an innovative research line and set up their own research groups. The researchers have been awarded a Vidi grant under the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), which offers Veni, Vidi and Vici grants. This was announced today by the NWO.

Silicon Valley: The new welfare state? A lecture by Evgeny Morozov

Silicon Valley: The new welfare state? A lecture by Evgeny Morozov

Today, technology companies promise us a seemingly genuine path towards social mobility. So they are more than happy to provide the public with free services in exchange for our data. But what are the moral, political, and social consequences of accepting this free bargain? And why are our existing governments so eager to go along with Silicon Valley’s plans? Evgeny Morozov addressed these issues this week in his Studium Generale lecture, which can you watch here.

Dr. Maarten Vendrik: Farewell lecture will focus on economic growth and happiness

Dr. Maarten Vendrik: Farewell lecture will focus on economic growth and happiness

This Easterlin Paradox appears to be valid for various developed countries, and will be the the central theme of the farewell lecture to be given by Dr Maarten Vendrik on 11 September to mark his retirement as Senior Assistant Professor in Public and Microeconomics at Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics (SBE), a position he has held since 1992.