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Marcel Timmer to be appointed board member of the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB)
When:15 April 2019

The CPB is to appoint Marcel Timmer as a member of its board as from 1 September 2019. Prof. Timmer has been Professor of Economic Growth and Development at the University of Groningen since 2010. He is currently also the Director of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC).

European fiscal rules are effective, but 3%-rule seems to elicit strategic behavior
When:11 April 2019

PhD Candidate Jasper de Jong investigated the effectiveness of European fiscal rules. On the plus side, if recommended to consolidate, member states do impose fiscal measures aimed at reducing excessive budget deficits. At the same time, and less desirable, the 3%-rule seems to elicit strategic behavior. Fiscal forecasts for euro area countries by the European Commission, which are used to judge compliance with the fiscal rules, are biased upwards when the budget decit threatens to exceed the 3%-threshold.

Studenten Executive MBA naar New York
When:05 April 2019

Studenten Executive MBA naar New York

Physical Internet and the opportunities for more sustainable logistics in e-commerce
When:04 April 2019

The Physical Internet (PI) is a future vision on completely open and connected logistics networks, revolving around physical, digital, operational and financial connectivity. Exchange between logistical parties, the bundling of deliveries and the sharing of storage and transport capacity create opportunities for a more efficient and sustainable logistics in e-commerce.

Political access boosts company performance
When:03 April 2019

Political connections offer significant benefits to companies, new research from the University of Groningen reveals. The research shows firms with political connections increased in value by approximately 8 percent compared to non-connected companies, in a study of 338 companies listed in the United Kingdom.

High provincial unemployment rates decrease fertility
When:01 April 2019

High provincial unemployment rates decrease fertility, improve the socio-economic cohort composition of mothers and lead to a lower birthweight in boys. Moreover, girls exposed to unfavorable business-cycle conditions at birth are at an increased risk for fatal cardiovascular disease events in adult life. Also, stress caused by high unemployment levels can increase the probability of Cesarean delivery for male babies. These are the conclusions of Laura Viluma, who will be awarded a PhD by the University of Groningen on 8 April.

Holmer Kok and Niels van der Laan win SOM Awards 2018
When:28 March 2019

Research school SOM presented the 2018 Awards for Best Graduate of the Research Master and best PhD Thesis at the PhD Conference last Tuesday. Niels van der Laan won € 1,000 and the title Best Graduate of the Research Master in Economics and Business. Holmer Kok won € 1,500 and the SOM Award for the best PhD research.

Local levies for home owners rise by 2.7%
When:27 March 2019

Households that own their own homes will on average pay 2.7% more in municipal, provincial and water board taxes. Municipal taxes are set to rise by 3.5% on average, the water rates by 2.3% and the provincial taxes by 0.3%. This is revealed by the Atlas van de Lokale Lasten [Atlas of Local Levies] presented by the Centre for Research on Local Government Economics [Centrum voor Onderzoek van de Economie van de Lagere Overheden (COELO) today. COELO is a University of Groningen research institute.

Summer school on Corporate Governance: 8 - 12 July 2019
When:25 March 2019

A summer school on ‘Corporate Governance and the Effectiveness of Boards’ is meant to further develop research skills for researchers in this area. The summer school will take place between July 8th and July 12th of 2019at the University of Groningen and will be taught by leading experts in the field of Corporate Governance. Join now!

Young Academy Groningen welcomes new members Marijke Leliveld and Milena Nikolova
When:21 March 2019

The Young Academy Groningen (YAG) has appointed seven new members from diverse disciplines at the University of Groningen, including dr Marijke Leliveld and dr Milena Nikolova of the Faculty of Economics and Business. The official Installation ceremony will be held on September 30th.

Floor Rink appointed as associate editor of Academy of Management Journal
When:20 March 2019

Floor Rink has been appointed as associate editor of Academy of Management Journal. In her role as associate editor, Floor Rink (professor in Organizational Behavior), becomes a member of the new editorial team that will determine the content of the world’s leading academic journal on management research in the upcoming three years.

Should you fear technology? – PhD Femke Cnossen wins 3 Minute Thesis Competition
When:15 March 2019

This week, the University of Groningen organized the 3 Minute Thesis Competition 2019: 12 PhD students presented their research to a non-specialist audience and a panel of judges in only three minutes, with just one slide. The winner of the UG #3MT competition was Femke Cnossen of the Faculty of Economics and Business, with a presentation on her research about the effects of automation and globalization on the wages and careers of Dutch workers.

Green hydrogen only profitable if gas prices are high and if a strict climate policy is in place
When:12 March 2019

Many plans for climate policy, including the draft Climate Agreement, focus on green hydrogen as a way of curbing the use of fossil energy and of reducing CO2 emissions. Machiel Mulder, Jose Luis Moraga and Peter Perey of the University of Groningen investigated the economic conditions under which hydrogen can be produced and traded. They conclude that green hydrogen can only be produced economically if the following conditions are in place. Firstly, if the price of natural gas remains high for a long period of time. Secondly, if companies are required to pay a higher levy on their use of natural gas. Finally, if the electricity required for hydrogen production is largely generated using renewable energy.

Working in multiple teams at the same time results in stress and absenteeism in new employees
When:25 February 2019

Working in more than one team at the same time is a daily occurrence on the work floor of large companies and government agencies. For experienced employees, multiple-team membership makes work more challenging and interesting. But for newer colleagues, the simultaneous membership of different teams leads to problems. They experience unhealthy stress levels and as a result, are more often ill. These are the conclusions of Joost van de Brake, who will be awarded a PhD by the University of Groningen on 28 February.

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