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?
Bill Mitchell, Professor of Economics at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia and a notable proponent of Modern Monetary Theory, presented the 2017 Joan Muysken Lecture on 6 March. Watch the lecture, ‘The Eurozone, Groupthink and denial on a grand scale,’ in full.
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.
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.
LOFT 2016 is the twelfth in a series of bi-annual conferences on the applications of logical methods to foundational issues in the theory of individual and interactive decision-making. This Conference on Logic and the Foundations of Game and Decision Theory took place at Maastricht University at the end of July.
Earlier this year, SBE-researcher Mark Levels (ROA and GSBE) won a research grant in the highly competitive Open Research Area grant scheme, organized by NWO, ANR, JSPS, DFG and ESRC, to conduct a large cross-national research program on youth Not in Employment, Education and Training (NEETs). We caught up with Mark to see how the programme is moving forward.
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.
SBE-researcher Mark Levels (ROA and GSBE) won a research grant in the highly competitive Open Research Area grant scheme, organized by NWO, ANR, JSPS, DFG and ESRC, to conduct a large cross-national research program on youth Not in Employment, Education and Training (NEETs).
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.
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.