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PASSPARTOOL: Key tools to assess and improve soft innovation policies

Date:22 July 2019

Thijs Broekhuizen, Erzsi Meerstra-de Haan, and Florian Noseleit are to take part in the PASSPARTOOL initiative to assess and improve soft innovation policies. This 30-month project, funded by Interreg Europe (total sum: €1.6M, sum UG: €124K), aims to...

Econ 050 is a podcast made in partnership between the Faculty of Economics and Business and The Northern Times.

Econ 050: how can internationals be integrated into the workforce?

Date:12 July 2019

There are thousands of internationals living in Groningen, Drenthe and Friesland, many of whom came to the region for their careers. How can they be fully integrated into the economic life of the northern Netherlands?

Zora, a robot used in healthcare settings made by Belgian company ZoraBots.

Teaching robots to speak Gronings: an elderly care experiment

Date:11 July 2019

Are elderly people more comfortable with technology if it speaks their language? That's the question Professor Jenny van Doorn will examine in a new project awarded €50,000 in funding from the Idea Generator programme of the Dutch National Research Agenda...

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Self-employment can be good for your health

Date:09 July 2019

Despite long working hours and high work pressure, entrepreneurs and the self-employed frequently boast high job satisfaction, Milena Nikolova writes in an article about her research for Washington-based non-profit organisation The Brookings Institution.

World-beating results for economics, business and management in Shanghai Ranking

Date:05 July 2019

The University of Groningen has climbed close to the top of world rankings in Economics, Business Administration and Management, demonstrating the strength of the Faculty of Economics and Business in education globally.

Econ 050 is a podcast on the economics and business topics that matter to the Netherlands and the wider world, made by the Faculty of Economics and Business and the Northern Times.

Econ 050: Green hydrogen

Date:28 June 2019

Natural gas has been the Netherlands’ blessing and Groningen’s curse in recent decades. Even as quotas are reduced ever further, earthquakes induced by natural gas extraction continue to jolt the province on a nearly daily basis. But the country and the...

Econ 050 is a podcast on the economics and business topics that matter to the Netherlands and the wider world, made by the Faculty of Economics and Business and the Northern Times.

Econ 050: Vaccines and the costs of (in)action

Date:15 June 2019

Measles were effectively eradicated in much of the western world decades ago, yet the potentially fatal disease has made a fierce comeback in America and Europe due to growing anti-vaccination movements. What are the health costs of enforcing sufficient...

Econ 050 is a podcast on the economics and business topics that matter to the Netherlands and the wider world, made by the Faculty of Economics and Business and the Northern Times.

Econ 050: Groningen - the Dutch Silicon Valley?

Date:04 June 2019

What will the northern Netherlands look like in the future? Will it become the next Silicon Valley – and is that something we actually want to become? The tech industry is one of the region’s growing strong suits, but what does that really mean for job...

Political budget cycles only occur in countries with weak fiscal rules, or in countries with no fiscal rule at all.

Do fiscal rules constrain political budget cycles?

Date:30 May 2019
Author:Bram Gootjes, Jakob de Haan and Richard Jong-A-Pin

One of the main premises in the study of Public Choice is that politicians may serve other interests than the general interest. A prime example is the phenomenon that incumbent governments adopt expansionary fiscal policy in election years to increase...

Econ 050 is a podcast on the economics and business topics that matter to the Netherlands and the wider world, made by the Faculty of Economics and Business and the Northern Times.

Econ 050: The food industry of the northern Netherlands

Date:28 May 2019

Food is an integral part of cultural identity, and moving abroad can often mean finding yourself longing for your favorites from home and missing the social element of a shared meal. But a region’s food scene is also very much an economic and business...