Starting on 10 January, Jeroen Smit will become the new presenter of the economics television programme EZ. He will be replacing Hans Sibbel, who had to decline the post due to illness.
In four episodes, Smit will discuss questions about the Dutch economy and the economic crisis. Each episode will start with a central economic question: What’s the use of economists anyway? Why have the Dutch been so focused on home ownership rather than comfortable living? Are our ideas about making the labour market more flexible accurate at all? And are we really heading towards a healthy financial sector, or can things go wrong again at any minute?
Answers to these questions will be formulated via discussions with economists and other experts. In addition, animations and experiments will be used to illustrate how people make economic choices, and the programme makers will examine how things work in actual practice throughout the country.
Prof. Jeroen Smit
is professor of Journalism at the University of Groningen and chair of the board of the Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten [Special Journalism Projects Foundation]. Smit gained national fame as an investigative journalist with his books De Prooi: blinde trots breekt ABN Amro and Het drama Ahold. In 2009 Smit was the first to be voted University of Groningen Alumnus of the Year
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