PhD ceremony: Mr A.M. Oumer When: June 02, 2014, 16:15h Promotors: prof. dr. S. (Steven) Brakman, prof. dr. J.H. (Harry) Garretsen Where: Doopsgezinde Kerk
The growth of cities depends on their location and access to markets. Geographical and institutional obstacles – such as national borders – limit that access. Oumer shows how different measures to stimulate economic integration affects the growth of cities. His study focuses in particular on border regions. It shows that national borders have a negative effect on the development of cities in the border regions. On the other hand, towns in the border regions benefit most from measures that try to stimulate economic integration. These effects are asymmetric; sometimes towns on one side of the border profit, while towns on the other side of the border are negatively affected. Finally, Oumers thesis provides some evidence for the effectiveness of cross-border twinning as an alternative way to break down border barriers.
For retailers, it is worthwhile to add an app to their sales channels. Customers who use the app are more likely to make a purchase, have a higher purchase frequency and spend more money than customers who only use a store’s website.
"Should you fear technology?" That was the question PhD student Femke Cnossen, from the Faculty of Economics and Business, addressed during her prize-winning pitch at the UG 3MT competition held in March of this year.
When firms need more resources to meet increasing demand, they usually add more resources. However, when demand declines, will firms reduce idle resources to respond to the decline? The answer is yes, but the reduction will often not be equivalent...