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Hanna Fromell is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen

Why southeast Asia may hold the answer to a worldwide health problem

Date:14 December 2018

How to best prevent and treat diseases at a societal level? When considering this question, your mind might initially jump to tactics like quarantine, hygiene and the provision of medicine. But what if the diseases in question do not pass from person to person...

Milena Nikolva is assistant professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen

If your spouse loses their job, prepare for a rough ride

Date:12 December 2018

If your partner unexpected loses their job, how much does it impact your well-being? Assistant professor Milena Nikolova explains her research on the topic of spousal unemployment and happiness in the new episode of podcast Econ 050.

Burcu Subasi is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Economics and Business

How perceptions of minorities can affect their job performance

Date:04 December 2018

Not minorities are equal – some are more equal than others in the eyes of their majority culture colleagues.

Donald Trump on the campaign trail by Gage Skidmore

Trump vs China Part III: Let's be friends again

Date:30 November 2018
Author:Steven Brakman, Harry Garretsen, and Tristan Kohl

According to Trump, the deficit on the United States’ current account indicates unfair trade. Trade is a key issue in the Trump administration’s international economic policy. The main strategy – imposing tariffs on imports from any country the administration...

Econ 050 is presented by Northern Times editor Traci White.

New podcast: the economic impact of Brexit

Date:23 November 2018

Professor Bart Los and fellow researchers were recently awarded best paper for their research on the mismatch between local voting and the local economic consequences of Brexit. In short, they discovered that areas with the strongest leave vote were likely...

Econ 050 is now available on iTunes, and is a collaboration between the Faculty of Economics and Business and The Northern Times

Introducing a faculty podcast: Econ 050

Date:16 November 2018

The faculty now has a podcast! It's called Econ 050, and you can subscribe now on iTunes.

Foreign experience sparks creative innovations of organizations, but more is not better

Foreign experience sparks creative innovations of organizations, but more is not better

Date:13 November 2018

Many employees nowadays have experiences of working abroad, which is often viewed as providing a spark of creativity by organizations. Indeed, previous studies have suggested that people with multicultural experiences are more creative: they are more open-minded...

Online price data can provide new results almost immediately.

Why economists need to use online shopping data

Date:12 November 2018
Author:Robert Inklaar and Marcel Timmer

How to compare people’s incomes internationally? How do economists assess which citizens are wealthiest, and which poorest, when costs differ all over the world?

Work pressure sparks creativity, if conditions are right

Work pressure sparks creativity, if conditions are right

Date:06 November 2018

Workload pressure has been long regarded as a devil for killing creativity of employees. Many advices have thus been given on how to minimize workload pressure in order to maximize employee creativity. However, insights from our recent research suggest that...

Usain Bolt in Rome, Italy, by Steven Zwerink

The performance measuring crises in elite sports

Date:05 November 2018
Author:Gerard Sierksma

It has been observed in many sports that the level of competition has increased over the years to an extent that we can speak nowadays of a crises at the top of these sports. Not only the number of ex aequo game results is large, also the variation in performances...

Research suggests that having power increases accuracy in perception of bodily signals, a phenomenon known as interoceptive accuracy.

'Gut feeling' in powerful individuals

Date:29 October 2018
Author:Mehrad Moeini Jazani

In interviews and autobiographies, powerful people such as business magnates, well-known politicians, or high-ranked military commanders often emphasize the importance of relying on their gut feeling when making decisions. The question that comes to mind is...

Sathyajit Gubbi is associate professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen, with expertise in internationalization and strategic transformation of firms from developing economies

Connected boards and cross-border mergers

Date:22 October 2018
Author:Sathyajit Gubbi

Emerging market firms are increasingly visible in the global economy. A significant number of these emerging market firms expand to developed economies through cross-border acquisitions (M&A). For example, in 2007, the Tata Group of India obtained a 100 percent...

Setting the bar high helps employees to enjoy their work, and actually enables them to be more creative.

More demanding targets make employees more innovative – and they actually enjoy it

Date:17 October 2018
Author:Bernard Nijstad, Bart Verwaeren and Yan Shao

If you want your company to become more innovative, it makes sense to set demanding targets for your employees. Setting the bar high helps employees to enjoy their work, and actually enables them to be more creative. It also pays to create a culture in which...

Chun-Keung (Stan) Hoi is Professor in Accounting at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen and also teaches at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. He researches tax avoidance, social capital, social responsibility, and corporate governance.

‘Social capital’ and its effect on corporations

Date:15 October 2018
Author:Chun-Keung (Stan) Hoi

In his Nobel Lecture in 1994, Douglass C. North emphasised that “institutions are the humanely devised constraints that structure human interaction. They are made up of formal constraints (e.g., rules, laws, constitutions), informal constraints (e.g., norms...

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded to William Nordhaus and Paul Romer for including climate change and technological innovation in longterm economic theory and furthering research on sustainable growth.

The Nobel Prize stresses sustainable development

Date:10 October 2018
Author:Robert Inklaar

On October 8, the Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to William Nordhaus and Paul Romer for their contributions to long-run economic development and the role of climate change (Nordhaus) and innovation (Romer). It is hard to overstate the importance of these...

Board networking: does it pay off?

Board networking: does it pay off?

Date:02 October 2018

Companies invest a fair amount of resources in building up and maintaining external connections. The need for social capital beyond the organizational boundary is particularly salient for executives and board directors. In Huber’s (2013) survey, directors and...

Marcel Beukeboom, Climate Envoy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, addresses the opening of FEB's academic year

Dutch envoy Marcel Beukeboom on balancing climate and the economy

Date:26 September 2018
Author:Celia Castañón Lagunes
Marcel Beukeboom, Climate Envoy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, addresses the opening of FEB's academic year
In times of change, feelings matter: managing emotions during organizational change

In times of change, feelings matter: managing emotions during organizational change

Date:25 September 2018

Change is a constant part of our world, it can be exciting and innovative and it can be uncomfortable and necessary, but the fact remains that it is unavoidable. This is particularly true for companies trying to compete and survive in a complex and ever-changing...

The crisis caused a significant increase in directive leadership behavior – managers were stricter, reduced autonomy  and exercised more control.

Leaders did react, but didn’t change | The effect of the 2008 financial crisis on leadership

Date:24 September 2018

This month is the 10th anniversary of the start of the 2008 financial crisis. The fall of  Lehman Brothers on 15 September 2008 impacted on the entire global business world, and was the trigger for  the so-called Great Recession. Economists have been racking...

Scaling-up NCD Interventions in South-East Asia (SUNI-SEA)

European grant to improve healthy ageing in Southeast Asia

Date:21 September 2018

The European Union has awarded a 4 million grant in order to enhance the prevention and control of chronic diseases in Myanmar, Vietnam and Indonesia. The grant is awarded within the H2020 research programme targeted at scaling up health interventions in Low/Middle...

Donald Trump on the campaign trail by Gage Skidmore

Trump vs China Part II: a self-defeating policy

Date:18 September 2018
Author:Steven Brakman, Harry Garretsen, and Tristan Kohl

Make America Great Again (MAGA) is key for Donald Trump’s agenda as president. An important part of his policies involves trade. With the mid-term elections approaching in November, Trump is stepping up his aggressive economic stance towards, in particular...

Rieneke Slager is Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen. Jeremy Moon is Velux Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Copenhagen Business School.

Three ways to integrate sustainability in business schools

Date:06 September 2018
Author:Rieneke Slager and Jeremy Moon

Bring sustainability into the business school mainstream by aligning with schools' existing practices: technical, political, and cultural.

Jana Oehmichen is Professor of Organization and Management Studies at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen

New professor Jana Oehmichen: a strong reputation for research drew me to Groningen

Date:05 September 2018

Intrigued by the high quality of research as well as the multidisciplinarity at FEB, Jana Oehmichen decided to move from Germany to Groningen. She is appointed as a Professor of Organisation and Management Studies.

Rachel Gifford is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen

New payment systems on medical specialists: a Q&A with Rachel Gifford

Date:22 August 2018

PhD Candidate Rachel Gifford investigates the perceived effects of different organisational models, including payment systems, of medical specialists on intergroup relations and collaborative behavior. Supervised by Eric Molleman (Organisational Behavior and...

Manda Broekhuis is Professor of Professional Service Chains at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen

Interview: an interdisciplinary approach to solving healthcare challenges

Date:08 August 2018

‘Look!’, Manda Broekhuis enthuses, ‘this is exactly what I’m talking about’. At the end of a fascinating conversation about the organisation and coordination of care processes, she points to a lovely glossy roadmap headed ‘Living with Us’. The poster depicts...

Maarten Postma is Professor of Global Health Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen

The global hunt for the best use of healthcare budgets

Date:01 August 2018

FEB recently welcomed Maarten Postma to the Economics, Econometrics and Finance department as Professor of Global Health Economics. Postma is Director of the SHARE Research Institute in which FEB, the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the UMCG collaborate...

Pioneering chemist Rosalind Franklin, who helped discover DNA, at work.

The economics of gender balance and the Rosalind Franklin Fellowship

Date:24 July 2018

The Rosalind Franklin Fellowship is an initiative by the University of Groningen to promote the advancement of talented female researchers. Aimed to redress gender imbalances within academia, the fellowship awards tenure-track positions leading to a professorship...

Leading economist Thomas Piketty addressing students and staff of the University of Groningen in May.

Thomas Piketty on inequality and globalisation

Date:17 July 2018

Thomas Piketty visited the Faculty of Economics and Business to deliver the Maddison Lecture in Economic Growth and Development 2018 on May 23. An economics professor at the Paris School of Economics, Piketty became a global household name in 2014 when his...

Milena Nikolova is Assistant Professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen

How much will your spouse suffer if you become unemployed?

Date:10 July 2018
Author:Milena Nikolova and Sinem H. Ayhan

Unemployment can have damaging consequences for individuals and their families. Job loss often means lower income, increased poverty risk, and worse future employment prospects. Evidence from around the world shows that those who are unemployed have worse life...

Jana Oehmichen is professor of organisation and management studies at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen

How do expatriates influence employees’ ESOP participation?

Date:05 July 2018
Author:Jana Oehmichen

In the modern workplace, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) are increasingly seen as important tools of employee satisfaction, retention, and productivity. They present an attractive investment opportunity for employees, who base their investment decision...

Donald Trump on the campaign trail by Gage Skidmore

The trade costs of 'making America great again'

Date:21 June 2018
Author:Steven Brakman, Harry Garretsen, and Tristan Kohl

The credo ‘Make America Great Again’ (MAGA) was a key part of the US presidential campaign by Donald Trump in 2016. International trade was an important element of reasoning behind the MAGA slogan. According to Trump, the deficit on the US current account indicated...

What do ING and Marlies Dekkers have in common?

The challenges of Business Model Innovation

Date:20 June 2018
Author:Thijs Broekhuizen, Tom Bakker and Theo Postma

What do ING and Marlies Dekkers have in common? Not much, at first sight. After all, ING, a Dutch bank, and Marlies Dekkers, a Dutch fashion house, operate in very different industries and apply completely different strategies. Through the lens of business...

Ideas rise from chaos

Ideas rise from chaos

Date:12 June 2018
Author:Marta Wronska

While most people find it easier to orient themselves in an orderly rather than chaotic environment, large organizations particularly benefit from keeping their information and materials ordered and structured. Indeed, structured systems increase work efficiency...

Aandacht voor ambivalentie in het gebruik van nieuwe technologie

Blog: Aandacht voor ambivalentie in het gebruik van nieuwe technologie

Date:07 June 2018

De adoptie van technologie wordt meestal bekeken vanuit de assumptie dat potentiële gebruikers zich ergens op het spectrum tussen acceptatie en weerstand bevinden. Ons onderzoek toont aan dat dit een te eenvoudige weergave van zaken is (zie figuur).  Het kan...

Niels Hermes is professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen

Can microfinance institutions reduce poverty?

Date:05 June 2018
Author:Niels Hermes

The market for micro-finance is booming and cross-border funding for micro-finance institutions (MFIs) is increasing. It is important for microfinance institutions to show their effect in reducing poverty to maintain long-term interest of investors.

R&D offshoring, firm innovativeness, and the role of technological leadership

Blog: How does R&D offshoring affect firm innovativeness?

Date:24 May 2018
In a globalized world where talent and knowledge are no longer limited to just a few economies, firms are increasingly offshoring R&D activities to foreign locations. Often firms do so to source foreign knowledge and to increase their R&D efficiency. Practitioners and scientific researchers alike heavily debate the drivers of R&D offshoring, but how does R&D offshoring affect firm’s innovativeness?
Vacations: A ticket to creativity?

Vacations: A ticket to creativity?

Date:23 May 2018
Author:Jessica de Bloom

According to a press release of the U.S. Travel association, two out of three American executives believe that vacationing improves creativity at work. The ability to “think outside the box”, to produce novel, original and useful problem solutions is vital...

Rieneke Slager is an assistant professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.

The value of dialogue on environmental, social and governance issues

Date:17 May 2018
Author:Rieneke Slager

There is growing attention to how companies engage with environmental, social and governance issues (ESG).  At the same time, institutional investors, such as pension funds, increasingly engage in dialogue with companies on these issues, but it has not been...

Going around your boss: Good idea or avoid at all cost?

Going around your boss: Good idea or avoid at all cost?

Date:01 May 2018
Author:Thom de Vries

Although supervisors are often seen as central persons in the organization, subordinates often go around their supervisor to discuss work-related matters with higher-level managers. Classic studies on communication and coordination in organizations conclude...

Photo: Pillar Pedreira/Agência Senado

It takes $50 a month to convince people to give up Facebook

Date:26 April 2018

How much do people value Facebook? By about $50 a month, according to a recent study of 2885 people by economists at the University of Groningen and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Users value Google searches at $17,530 a year, email at $8,414, and...

The effect of dissimilarity on performance

The effect of dissimilarity on performance

Date:24 April 2018

When was the last time you shared information with your colleague from abroad or of the opposite sex at your work place? And how frequently do you do this? And now think of how frequently you shared information with colleagues from your own country or of the...

Jenny van Doorn is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen, and Peter Verhoef is a professor and Director of the University of Groningen Business School

Who pays for organic products?

Date:23 April 2018
Author:Jenny van Doorn and Peter Verhoef

Organic food production has become an increasingly salient issue. Retailers are increasingly focusing on organic products, and former US President Barack Obama funded a $50 million scheme to help farmers transition to organic methods. This reflects an increasing...

Jacoba Oedzes

More self-management sounds good, but it does require the right leadership

Date:23 April 2018
Author:Jacoba Oedzes

Many creative organizations try to reduce formal hierarchy. They expect managers to take a less prominent role and their teams to be as self-managing as possible. In principle, this is not a bad idea, because a formal hierarchy can constrain creativity. But...

Bert Scholtens is a professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen

Can risk-taking incentives in CEO pay lead to irresponsibility?

Date:16 April 2018
Author:Bert Scholtens

Is there a link between risk-taking incentives in CEO pay packages and corporate social irresponsibility? I studied this question together with colleagues from the universities of St Andrews, Essex, and Montreal. Our work recently published in The British Accounting...

Susanne Täuber and Marijke Leliveld

Greedy bankers and angry public equally hypocritical

Date:05 April 2018
Author:Susanne Täuber and Marijke Leliveld

Moral criticism can have a devastating effect on a business, as ING recently discovered. However, such criticism is difficult to predict, because an indignant public has double standards.

Pedro de Faria is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen

I can’t give everything away: how the importance of secrecy is dependent on a company’s visibility

Date:04 April 2018

Many companies make substantial investments in research and development activities with the objective of developing new technologies and, consequently, gaining a competitive advantage in the market. However, this competitive advantage is also dependent on the...

Dr Anna Minasyan is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business

Aid-ing their influence: US aid and spread of economic ideology

Date:29 March 2018

To what extent do countries use foreign aid strategically to promote their economic principles? Past studies have found that aid may be used for strategic political reasons. During the cold war for example, the United States gave aid to neighbouring countries...

Bart Los is Professor of the Economics of Technological Progress and Structural Change at the Faculty of Economics and Business, the University of Groningen

Why students should care about the impact of Brexit

Date:28 March 2018

Professor Bart Los has been working with an international team on calculating what the impact of Brexit will be on different regions and industries. FEB Blog caught up with him to ask why students should pay attention to this research.

Robert Lensink is a professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.

Can business training reduce poverty?

Date:22 March 2018
Author:Robert Lensink

Is access to finance sufficient on its own to bring people out of poverty? Or is there a need for business training to complement financial access? In a recent paper we investigated this in a large micro-finance institution, Tao Yeu May, in Vietnam.

Associate professor Richard Jong-A-Pin and assistant professor Rasmus Wiese, who wrote the paper with Professor Jakob de Haan.

Successful fiscal adjustments can also be achieved by raising taxes

Date:20 March 2018

Since fiscal policies in several countries across the world have become unsustainable, it has become inevitable that governments should reduce their indebtedness. Consequently, policy debates no longer focus on the question whether government indebtedness should...

Floor Rink

Explicitly mentioning business identity increases confidence in an alliance

Date:19 March 2018
Author:Floor Rink

It is seen as the way for organizations to strengthen their market position, acquire knowledge and become more innovative: an alliance with a partner. Alliances can have many advantages, but organizations do not always benefit from one. Experience has shown...

Jan Willem Bolderdijk

Meat free week - a recipe for change

Date:13 March 2018
Author:Jan Willem Bolderdijk

Climate change and animal welfare are a cause for concern for many Dutch people. They realize that their daily portion of meat isn’t really helping on either front. And yet we (and that includes me) have not signed up in droves for the National Meat Free Week...

Yingjie Yuan

How can companies best encourage employee creativity?

Date:08 March 2018

Assistant professor Yingjie Yuan explains her research in management and organisation psychology in this new video.

Intercultural conflicts may implicitly affect bystander beliefs

Intercultural conflicts may implicitly affect bystander beliefs

Date:06 March 2018
Author:Yan Shao

Many organizations pride themselves on having employees from diverse cultural backgrounds. A diverse workforce would facilitate the merging of disparate ideas from different cultures, in this way enhancing creative solutions to complex problems in the global...

Bart Los is Professor of the Economics of Technological Progress and Structural Change

What would a no-deal Brexit mean for the UK?

Date:01 March 2018

Is no deal really better than a bad deal? Economists at the University of Groningen's Faculty of Economics and Business used our databases of trade flows between European regions to find out.

Ward Romeijnders is an Assistant Professor within the department of Operations at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen.

Interview: Ward Romeijnders on planning for the unknown

Date:26 February 2018

Assistant Professor of Operations Ward Romeijnders was awarded a Veni grant  for his project, “Planning for the unknown. Towards optimal decisions under uncertainty.” These personal Veni grants are worth up to a maximum of €250,000 and enable talented researchers...

Assistant Professor of Economics Artūras Juodis

Interview: Artūras Juodis on economic shocks

Date:19 February 2018

Assistant Professor of Economics Artūras Juodis was awarded a Veni grant  for his project, “We do not live in a bubble: economic shocks in misspecified panel data models”. The personal Veni grants are worth up to a maximum of €250,000 and enable talented researchers...

Marijke Leliveld and Hans Risselada

Interview: Marijke Leliveld and Hans Risselada on collaborating to study charity giving

Date:12 February 2018
Author:Riepko Buikema

A good bottle of wine with an unusual label stands proudly on the table. It says ‘Cheers!’, followed by a summary of an academic article. The message couldn’t be clearer. Marijke Leliveld and Hans Risselada have something to celebrate. Their interdisciplinary...

Yingjie Yuan is an Assistant Professor in Management and Organisation Psychology at the Faculty of Economics and Business.

Interview: Yingjie Yuan on how firms can manage 'star' employees

Date:07 February 2018
Author:Yingjie Yuan

After spending time in the Netherlands for her PhD, Yingjie Yuan spent several months at Penn State University, only to come back to the Netherlands. She accepted a position as Assistant Professor in Management and Organization Psychology and started her tenure...

Robert Feenstra is a Professor at the Department of Economics, University of California, Davis, and holder of the C. Bryan Cameron Distinguished Chair in International Economics.

Interview: Robert Feenstra on tracking global economic milestones through data

Date:02 February 2018

Robert Feenstra is a Professor at the Department of Economics, University of California, Davis, and holder of the C. Bryan Cameron Distinguished Chair in International Economics. He gave a keynote address on ‘The ‘China Shock’ in Trade Reconsidered’  at the...

Dirk Pilat is Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation at the OECD

Interview: the OECD’s Dirk Pilat on the importance of data

Date:29 January 2018

Dirk Pilat is Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation at the OECD. Prior to his work at the OECD, he earned his PhD in economics in 1994 at the University of Groningen. He spoke at the GGDC Conference 2017 on the OECD’s work...

Ingvild Almås, NHH Norwegian School of Economics and IIES, Stockholm University

Interview: Ingvild Almås on what microdata can teach us about economic inequality

Date:22 January 2018

Ingvild Almås is a professor at the Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), and currently a visiting associate professor at IIES, Stockholm University. Almås’ research focuses on economic inequalities. She delivered a paper on ‘Consistent...

Eddy Szirmai, Bart van Ark, Marcel Timmer, and Rainer Fremdling at the GGDC 25th Anniversary Conference

25 years of telling the story of the world economy through data

Date:15 January 2018

The Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC) was founded in 1992 within the Economics Department of the University of Groningen. It recently marked 25 years since its founding, with a jubilee conference on the themes that have long been key to the centre’s...

Samuele Murtinu is associate professor in the Department of Innovation, Management & Strategy at the Faculty of Economics and Business, the University of Groningen.

It makes financial sense for firms to address gender bias in hiring

Date:08 January 2018
Author:Samuele Murtinu

Susanne Täuber is an associate professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.

What the Berlin Wall can teach us about mergers

Date:15 December 2017
Author:Susanne Täuber

History suggests that when two groups merge, it doesn’t end well. Academic research has suggested the same. But my experience and research at the Faculty of Economics and Business has allowed me to identify factors that accommodate successful mergers.

Bart Los is Professor of the Economics of Technological Progress and Structural Change at the Faculty of Economics and Business, the University of Groningen

Brexit minister David Davis’ sectoral impact assessments - Groningen style

Date:12 December 2017
Author:Bart Los, Wen Chen, Philip McCann, and Raquel Ortega-Argiles

The minister might not have done his homework, but our economists have: and they estimate that 2.5 million jobs and 8.5 percent of the UK’s GDP is at risk from Brexit.

Dr Swarnodeep Homroy is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.

Female directors, board committees and firm performance

Date:29 November 2017
Author:Colin P. Green and Swarnodeep Homroy

What effect, if any, does female representation have on board performance? Previous research says none. Our research says otherwise.

Mariko J. Klasing and Petros Milionis are assistant professors at the Faculty of Economics and Business.

Why is the Gender Gap in Education Closing?

Date:23 November 2017
Author:Mariko J. Klasing and Petros Milionis

Historically women have had lower levels of education than men all around the world. But since the mid-20th century the educational attainment of women has grown at a quicker pace than that of men in most countries, leading to a gradual closing of the gender...

Martijn van der Steen is an associate professor at the University of Groningen Faculty of Economics and Business.

The financialization of healthcare in the Netherlands

Date:11 October 2017
Author:Martijn van der Steen

In the last decade, the Dutch government has embraced a neo-liberal agenda to deal with the rapidly rising costs of public healthcare. As a result, the characteristics of the healthcare sector have changed to include the emulation of a ‘market’ for care, government...

Dr Marijke C. Leliveld is assistant professor at the University of Groningen Faculty of Economics and Business

It’s about time! A more customer-focused government

Date:09 October 2017
Author:Marijke C. Leliveld

Government service is often perceived as subpar. People can associate it with long lines, poor service, and unreliability when keeping to deadlines. But in recent years, governments have started to take interest in the idea of treating citizens like customers...

Marco Haan

Damaged goods

Date:05 October 2017

In my Industrial Organization lectures, I like to talk about Damaged Goods, the now classic article by Deneckere and McAfee. What’s it about? In 1990, IBM introduced a cheaper version of its laser printer. Fifty percent slower, but much cheaper. However, the...

Floor Rink

The psychology of regulation: ‘involvement’ versus independence

Date:02 October 2017

Regulators are well aware that management behaviour is largely determined by the corporate culture within an organization. However, in practice, shaping corporate culture is trickier than it sounds. People struggle with questions such as what is an ethical...

Sjoerd Beugelsdijk

Polarised social values harm economic development

Date:15 September 2017
Author:Sjoerd Beugelsdijk, Mariko J. Klasing and Petros Milionis

A striking development in the recent years has been the increased polarisation in terms of values and attitudes that many societies around the world are witnessing. This is noticeable both in public opinion surveys as well as in recent election outcomes. People...

Dr Marcel Timmer is Professor of Economic growth and development at the Faculty of Economics and Business.

A turning point in globalisation

Date:13 September 2017

Why was there a sudden turning point in globalisation in 2011? A new video explains the mystery behind the slow down in global trade compared to economic growth in the wake of the financial crisis.

Tristan Kohl is an Assistant Professor in Department of Global Economics and Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business.

Interview: Tristan Kohl on international economics and political economy

Date:30 August 2017

How do you get into a career dedicated to understanding the causes and consequences of trade policy? We spoke to Tristan Kohl, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business. He spoke to us about how he got into academia, his research on Brexit,...

Mariann Ollár is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business.

Interview: Mariann Ollár discusses her research in mechanism design

Date:23 August 2017

Mariann Ollar has been an assistant professor in the research programme Economics, Econometrics and Finance since 2016. We caught up with her to discuss her forthcoming publication, 'Full Implementation and Belief Restrictions'.

Yasemin Karaibrahimoglu is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business.

Interview: Yasemin Karaibrahimoglu on financial reporting and corporate governance

Date:16 August 2017

Yasemin Karaibrahimoglu came back to Groningen after she spent part of her Bachelor studies as an exchange student at the University of Groningen (UoG). She is now an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business and is looking forward to developing...

Jutta Bolt is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business.

Interview: Jutta Bolt on her career as an economic historian

Date:09 August 2017

In December 2016, Jutta Bolt received a Wallenberg Academy Fellowship by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation in Sweden. The fellowship is a prestigious grant of one million euros, comparable to a Vidi-Vici grant of the Dutch NWO. The grant meant that...

Thijs Broekhuizen is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business.

Interview Thijs Broekhuizen: coping with digital disruption

Date:02 August 2017

Digitisation and the rapid development of online and mobile technologies are radically changing existing business models. While some companies struggle to implement disruptive innovations, others become new market leaders overnight. We spoke to Thijs Broek...

Bernard Nijstad

Interview: Bernard Nijstad on the relation between creativity and innovation

Date:28 July 2017
Author:Neeltje Miedema

Prof Bernard Nijstad studies the relation between creativity and innovation within organisations. He offers companies in the Northern Netherlands the unique opportunity to participate in his ground-breaking research project. Nijstad: ‘This research project...

Bart Los is Professor of the Economics of Technological Progress and Structural Change at the Faculty of Economics and Business

Interview Bart Los: the harsh truths of Brexit

Date:26 July 2017

In the debate over whether Britain should leave the European Union, a striking piece of research from the Faculty of Economics and Business made waves internationally.

Kees Ahaus is a Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business, Martin Land is an Associate Professor, and Oskar Roemeling is an Assistant Professor.

How to make healthcare more efficient? A tricky problem that affects us all.

Date:25 July 2017
Author:Kees Ahaus, Martin Land, and Oskar Roemeling

In the coming years, we will experience an increasing demand on our healthcare systems. This is set to be an even more pressing issue due to population growth and longer lifespans. In practice, it means hospitals will have to treat more patients against lower...

Ajay K. Kohli is the Gary T. and Elizabeth R. Jones Chair Professor of Marketing Georgia Institute of Technology.

Interview Ajay Kohli: What is academic impact?

Date:19 July 2017

Ajay Kohli is the Gary T. and Elizabeth R. Jones Chair and Professor of Marketing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He visited Groningen to give a keynote speech at the European Marketing Academy conference. The theme of this year’s EMAC conference was...

Peter van Kampen

Greenmapper: turning research into an app to allow nature-lovers a voice

Date:13 July 2017
Author:Peter van Kampen

Peter van Kampen works at Energysense at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, at the newly developed branch office of UG in Papenburg, and at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences with a research interest in measuring preferences and developing web based or mobile...

Tristan Kohl is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business

What Brexit will do to UK trade

Date:21 June 2017

Faculty of Economics and Business economists Tristan Kohl, Steven Brakman, and Harry Garretsen analysed what would happen to UK trade after it leaves the European Union.

Dirk Pieter van Donk is a Professor in Operations Management at the University of Groningen.

Solving problems for a clean, local source of energy

Date:19 June 2017
Author:Dirk Pieter van Donk

Bio-diesel promises to be a clean option to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. However, it is still costly. Often, oil suited for consumption is used for it, putting pressure on food supply. With a rising world population, the idea of using food as a source of...

Jochen Mierau is associate professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen

We need a school of public health to tackle the new frontier in medicine: inequality

Date:13 June 2017
Author:Jochen Mierau is Associate Professor at the University of Groningen

Poorer people have worse health outcomes than richer people. This is true not just in the Netherlands, but internationally. We see the inequality both between countries, and within them. Even when people have the same health care system, poorer people still...

Samuele Murtinu is associate professor in the Department of Innovation, Management & Strategy at the Faculty of Economics and Business, the University of Groningen.

The Bank of England must not pump money into the UK economy due to Brexit

Date:15 May 2017
Author:Samuele Murtinu

No sooner had the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union than calls began for the Bank of England to pump money into the economy to avoid deflation.

Greg Fuller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations and International Organization at the University of Groningen

How an economist predicted today’s politics in 1944

Date:11 May 2017
Author:Greg Fuller

If markets don’t produce outcomes in line with what voters want – and if politicians won’t (or can’t) address those problems – people tend to reach for more radical solutions.

Laura Maruster is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business and a researcher at the Vinci centre of expertise.

Mind your business process? Mine your data!

Date:03 May 2017

Data is collected nowadays about anything, at any time, and at any place. The explosion of data is changing the way organizations capture data, analyze information, make decisions, and create value. But how to deal with so much data, and often, messy data? Laura...

The research project was conducted by the Department of Innovation Management and Strategy of the University of Groningen in collaboration with researchers from the Copenhagen Business School and the University of Lisbon.

The closure of Multinational Subsidiaries: Is there a silver lining?

Date:02 May 2017
Author:Pedro de Faria

A closure of a subsidiary of a multinational company is an event that has deep economic and societal impact in the affected region, as it often leaves a shadow of unemployment. However, it, according to a recent research project done in collaboration between...

Niels Holtrop defended his PhD thesis in March 2017.

Privacy and marketing opportunities can be balanced

Date:19 April 2017
Author:Niels Holtrop

Niels Holtrop explains how he developed a statistical model allowing companies to collect consumer data safely for his doctorate at the University of Groningen's Faculty of Economics and Business.

Killian McCarthy

We should put pressure on PPG to come up with a plan for AkzoNobel

Date:07 April 2017
Author:Killian McCarthy

Imagine a man walks up to a woman and, without introducing himself, proposes marriage. Because the woman doesn’t know the man, and because she has a somewhat different plan for her life, she declines the offer. How many of us would object to her doing so? Now...

Jochen Mierau, Associate Professor, University of Groningen Faculty of Economics and Business

If this isn't fixed we must abandon the euro

Date:05 April 2017
Author:Jochen Mierau

Talk has returned to Greece and its debt crisis. There is no acknowledgement that this situation exists merely due to a flaw in the design of the euro zone. This must be fixed if the currency is to continue -- otherwise the union will merely lurch for crisis...

Debt shift in the Netherlands since 1990 until the 2008 crisis. Source: DNB

Why Dutch debt tells us economic growth may be fragile

Date:04 April 2017
Author:Dirk Bezemer

How does the financial sector help, hurt or hinder the economy? My research into this issue builds on the theory of Hyman Minsky (1919-1996), an American economist. He described how over the course of a long financial cycle, investors will shift towards riskier...

Marcel Timmer is professor at the University of Groningen and director of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre

Slowing global trade, the 'new normal'

Date:30 March 2017
Author:Marcel Timmer

Killian McCarthy

Mergers and Acquisitions: Does the Government have a role to play?

Date:24 March 2017
Author:Killian McCarthy

The Dutch M&A market is booming. Major Dutch institutions, like PostNL, AkzoNobel and Unilever, have dominated the headlines of late, having all been approached by foreign acquirers looking for new targets. Many observers have been left wondering whether this...

Rasmus Wiese and Richard Jong-A-Pin

Why bother voting anyway?

Date:23 March 2017
Author:Richard Jong-A-Pin and Rasmus Wiese

Economists Richard Jong-A-Pin and Rasmus Wiese of the University of Groningen's Faculty of Economics and Business describe how moral beliefs, not just monetary considerations, guide voters to take part in elections.

The seven coordinators of the signature areas

Seven signature areas focused on the major challenges of our time

Date:22 March 2017

The Faculty of Economics and Business has established seven 'signature areas' to stimulate multi-disciplinary research on major challenges like how to fund health care for an aging population and growing worldwide inequality.

Noemi Peters, Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance.

What led Noemi Peters to a career in Groningen?

Date:17 March 2017

Noemi Peters joined FEB in the fall of 2016 as Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, Econometrics & Finance. Her interest in microeconomics and microeconometrics led her to a tenure track position in Groningen.

Viola Angelini, associate professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business, teaches health insurance as part of her lecture series on public economics and social policy.

What is the 'eigen risico' and why does it exist? An election issue explained

Date:13 March 2017
Author:Viola Angelini

A dominant issue in the Dutch election campaign has been healthcare: specifically, the rising cost of the so-called 'eigen risico'. But what does this term mean, and what is the rationale for it? Viola Angelini, an associate professor at the Faculty of Economics...

A robotic production line.

The effect of automation on our standard of living [video]

Date:09 March 2017
Author:Robert Inklaar

Automation has drastically changed our lives. Mechanical harvesting, robots to build cars, accounting software – numerous dangerous, intricate or boring tasks no longer have to be done by people. But automation also fosters the fear that jobs are disappearing...

Maarten Gijsenberg, Associate Professor of Marketing

Retail managers should really know this

Date:06 March 2017
Author:Maarten Gijsenberg

I have a message for retail managers: the effectiveness of advertising and pricing decisions are not the same throughout the year.

Gaaitzen de Vries

Polarization of the labour market: mainly driven by technological change [video]

Date:03 March 2017

On Thursday March 2, Gaaitzen de Vries (assistant professor at the University of Groningen and fellow of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre) gave a lecture in the widely watched World Trade Organization's Trade Dialogues Lectures.

Steven Brakman, professor of International Economics, University of Groningen.

Trump on globalisation: correct diagnosis, wrong solution

Date:01 March 2017
Author:Steven Brakman

The one issue that United States President Donald Trump has been exceptionally clear about is globalisation. He wants to protect the US economy from outside competition, because ‘jobs have disappeared to China’.

John Dong

ICT — The Next Catalyst of Innovation and Growth for European Firms

Date:22 February 2017

Using ICT to innovate is more than investing in computers and software. Systematic strategies must be developed to ensure that ICT investments lead to value creation. Research by John Dong has shown three strategies for firms to successfully innovate with ICT...

James Lomas of the University of York's Centre for Health Economics visited the Faculty of Economics and Business in February

The health paradox

Date:17 February 2017

Health treatments can be found both "cost effective" and "unaffordable". James Lomas, who visited the University of Groningen this month to give a talk on the issue unpicks this apparent paradox in a guest blog for Healthwise.

Thom de Vries, assistant professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business

Thom de Vries on managing coordination in multiteam systems

Date:07 February 2017

Thom de Vries, assistant professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business, recently published an article on  managing coordination in multiteam systems in Academy of Management Journal. We caught up with him to chat about the article 'Managing Coordination...

Political sentiment as measured in the 2017 Dutch General Elections programmes

The Sentiment of the 2017 Election Programmes

Date:06 February 2017

In the politics of recent years, emotion has played an important role, and this will be no different during the Dutch general elections in March. How do political parties deal with emotions? In a recent research project, Harry Garretsen and Janka Stoker studied...

Robert Lensink

When the evidence doesn’t add up

Date:26 January 2017

International development expert Professor Robert Lensink set out to examine a widely-held concept in aid. He found there was little evidence to support it.

Bart van Ark

Trump: revival or disaster for the US?

Date:24 January 2017

What will Donald Trump bring by 2021? Bart van Ark, economist of the New York-based The Conference Board and professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business in Groningen, analyses the road ahead.

Professor of Organisational Behavior and Identity Management Floor Rink

How best to regulate companies? Floor Rink investigates

Date:22 January 2017

The financial crisis of 2007-2008 exposed problems at corporations that helped derail the global economy. Despite their failings, companies fiercely resisted the idea of tighter regulations.
What does this tell us, and is our current model of regulation fundamentally...

Daron Acemoglu

Daron Acemoglu on a robotic future

Date:18 January 2017

What will happen to jobs as more tasks are done by robots? Will mass unemployment ensue, or will humanity adjust as it has to new technologies in the past? The answer is uncertain, according to leading economist Daron Acemoglu. The MIT professor laid out possible...

The director of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre, Marcel Timmer, professor of economic growth and development at the Faculty of Economics and Business

Telling the story of the world economy through data for 25 years

Date:09 January 2017

The Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC) was founded in 1992 within the Economics Department of the University of Groningen. It recently marked 25 years since its founding, with a jubilee conference on the themes that have long been key to the centre’s...