Research & Analysis

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.

Maastricht University researchers develop tool to support saving lives

Maastricht University researchers develop tool to support saving lives

Just imagine a major train accident happens and the hospital suddenly has to deal with large numbers of acute patients. Or the intensive care unit of a hospital is struck by an energy breakdown and all patients must be evacuated. In both cases the involved health care institutions will face a shortage of staff and the immediate need for a crisis team. We are all confident that our hospitals are prepared to face such an emergency, and so we should be. But how can we be sure?

Results of “Women in Academia” project presented: How to achieve gender equity in universities (video)

Results of “Women in Academia” project presented: How to achieve gender equity in universities (video)

The higher up the career ladder you look, the fewer women you see in universities in the Netherlands. Nine percent of Maastricht University professors are women – but this can and must be improved, according to Dr. Lisa Brüggen of SBE.
Brüggen, who created the Elinor Ostrom Fund in 2014 to provide a long-term source of funding for women at Maastricht University, was the project leader of the “Women in Academia” Service Science project initiated by the faculty board of SBE.

Working with customers to “shape the future”

Working with customers to “shape the future”

On Friday, 24 April, the “Shaping the future” event–part of the 30 Years of Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) celebration–looked at what an organisation needs for successful transformation, innovation, and co-creation. The interactive session, attended by professionals from the private and public sector, got straight to work on establishing the future of the school with an underlying commitment to maintaining its existing innovative character.

First Maastricht Behavioral Economic Policy Symposium to be Held at SBE on 9 June

First Maastricht Behavioral Economic Policy Symposium to be Held at SBE on 9 June

The first Maastricht Behavioral Economic Policy Symposium, which takes place 9 June at the School of Business and Economics (SBE), will bring together behavioural and experimental researchers from different disciplines, as well as policy makers and practitioners interested in human behaviour in economic environments.

Stock market losses negatively affect consumer behaviour of individual investors

Stock market losses negatively affect consumer behaviour of individual investors

After losing money with the shares of a particular company, individual investors are unlikely to buy that particular product or service again. Although investment results appear to have little to do with how satisfied a customer is with a company’s product, stock market losses do tend to diminish customer satisfaction and customer loyalty in the long run. This was found in research by Dr Arvid Hoffmann and Dana Ketteler of Maastricht University, which will be published in the International Journal of Bank Marketing.