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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: How to fix the Eurozone

Date:20 December 2019

In the latest episode of Econ 050, assistant professor Christiaan van der Kwaak explains why the Eurozone, the 19 EU states that use the euro, still contains fundamental flaws that fuel political opposition to the union.

Free Hong Kong? Sacred value conflicts in international organisational scandals

Date:19 December 2019

A recent scandal shook Blizzard Entertainment, an American company best known for video games such as World of Warcraft or Hearthstone. After winning the finals of Blizzard’s official Hearthstone tournament in Taiwan, player Chung Ng Wai openly voiced...

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 Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health

Date:06 December 2019

'Public health is not a spectator sport': in the latest episode of podcast Econ 050, associate professor Jochen Mierau explains why the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health has been founded to bring together doctors, economics, patients and...

The cause marketing and charity donation workshop in Groningen.

Seven top tips for marketers and fundraisers to encourage non-profit donations

Date:03 December 2019

What is the most effective way that charities and companies can work together to encourage donations to non-profit organizations? A group of scholars and fundraising practitioners gathered in Groningen to consider this question at a cause marketing and...

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: Does foreign aid work?

Date:22 November 2019

Microcredit was a major buzzword in the world of development aid in recent years, being breathlessly praised as a breakthrough panacea. But in the latest episode of podcast Econ 050, Professor Robert Lensink of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the...

Cast your vote now to support Floor.

Vote for Floor for the HRtop100

Date:19 November 2019

The faculty's own Professor Floor Rink has been nominated for the HRtop100, an award that celebrates leaders in the field of human resources. The prize is decided by vote, so every ballot counts. You can click this link (no longer available) to vote for...

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: Being paid to quit Facebook

Date:08 November 2019

YouTube, Netflix, Google, Facebook – these digital platforms and services have all become seemingly indispensable – and inescapable - parts of modern life. But how much do users truly value ostensibly free online services? How much would it be worth to you...

Predicting acceptance of new (environmental) policies

Predicting acceptance of new (environmental) policies

Date:05 November 2019

In our lives, privately or in our work context, acceptance or decline of change is omnipresent. Either when new policies affect us (new organizational policies, national laws) or when we ourselves want to stir change. However, in general, many people do...

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: Gender equality in the workplace

Date:25 October 2019

The Netherlands sees itself as an extremely equitable country, which is not entirely without cause: it was one of the first in the world to legalize gay marriage and provides at least some paternal leave. But when it comes to achieving genuine equality in...

Gerard van den Berg

Keynote Gerard van den Berg - Using the migrating siblings design to identify sensitive childhood ages for adult health and education

Date:15 October 2019

Gerard van den Berg, chair of the Aletta Scientific Council, will be the first keynote speaker during the Aletta Research Meet-up on 5 November. Van den Berg is a professor of Economics at the University of Bristol. However, the economist will soon return...

Rente en pensioenen: we zijn te voorzichtig

Date:14 October 2019

Door: Steven Brakman (hoogleraar Economie, RUG), Charles van Marrewijk (hoogleraar economie, Universiteit van Utrecht)

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: Stress and ambition in young workers

Date:11 October 2019

For young professionals in particular, starting a new job can feel like grasping in the dark. The uncertainty of trying to figure out your place in a complex work environment can become very stressful very quickly. You may feel like you have to say “yes”...

Susanne Täuber

Insights from the Gender Summit in Amsterdam

Date:07 October 2019

Welcoming speakers and chairs from over 20 countries, the 17th Gender Summit took place on 2-4 October in Amsterdam. It offered a great podium for the sharing of the latest research and developments on gender balance in Academia. Susanne Täuber had been...

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: Generational poverty

Date:27 September 2019

Being an immigrant, a teenage mother or a child born into poverty can dramatically impact your health throughout your entire life. The Netherlands is perceived internationally as an equitable country with a thriving middle class, and that is mostly true,...

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: Inequality in the Netherlands

Date:13 September 2019

Financial security is not the only measure of the welfare of a population. Safety, access to housing, medical care and education are just as important to your sense of well-being. But on a regional level, those can be somewhat misleading indicators: it was...

"Today’s teams are markedly more diverse, unstable, and complex than ever before." Photo by Kaleidico on Unsplash

'Diverse, unstable, and complex': a Q&A on teams in the modern workplace

Date:16 August 2019

A paper on team membership dynamics in the workplace by a group of researchers from the Faculty of Economics and Business was recently named "one of the three best papers published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior last year". The paper explored...

Assistant professor Ikle Bakir

New in Groningen: a Q&A with Ilke Bakir

Date:13 August 2019

Ikle Bakir is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen, who works on transportation and logistics, supply chain management, stochastic optimization, large-scale linear and integer programming.

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: Buying political influence

Date:05 August 2019

What is the difference between lobbying and buying influence? Since 2002, it has been legal in the United Kingdom for sitting politicians to hold board positions at private companies, and serve on committees or propose legislation that could directly...

Felix Eggers is associate professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.

How to measure wellbeing in the digital age

Date:23 July 2019

It’s a happy day for Felix Eggers: years of research has come to fruition with research results published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

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...

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

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

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...

Happy at work

Our employee surveys don’t just look at happiness at work

Date:20 May 2019
Many organizations have a need for more in-depth employee satisfaction surveys. Traditional surveys provide a good idea of employees’ feelings and thoughts about their jobs, but they often leave it unclear why satisfaction is rated high or low and fail to provide a lot of important information. To examine these points, it is important to look at the explanatory factors in detail.
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: Do immigrants really 'steal' jobs?

Date:17 May 2019

Is there any truth to the claims that immigrants steal jobs from the native population? What is the balance of brain drain and brain gain among member states? Post-doctoral candidate Magda Ulceluse sorts truth from fiction when it comes to migrants, job...

Staff satisfaction

Concrete tools for improving staff satisfaction

Date:16 May 2019
What do staff members need in order to perform? The unique organizational research by the HRM & Organisational Behaviour Centre of Expertise answers this question and offers concrete tools for organizations. Director Dr Peter Essens and principal researcher Prof. Gerben van der Vegt explain their working method.
New research examines whether 'new girls' networks could replace 'old boys' networks.

Leaders select copies of themselves. Will the ‘old boys’ networks give in to the ‘new girls’?

Date:08 May 2019

The percentage of women in senior management positions is still rather low. In the Netherlands, a target of securing 30 percent of women in leading positions was legally set down on 1 January 2013 with the Management and Supervision Act (Wet Bestuur en...

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: Why do some countries grow wealthy while others do not?

Date:07 May 2019

What do the modern day Ivory Coast and the 19th century Netherlands have in common? According to research from the Groningen Growth and Development Centre, the size of their economies is virtually identical.

Nancy Kamp-Roelands is professor in non-financial information, integrated reporting and assurance

Fighting to keep companies accountable

Date:30 April 2019

Since earlier this year, Nancy Kamp-Roelands is, by special appointment, Professor of Non-Financial Information, Integrated Reporting & Assurance. She sees this appointment as a bold, well-timed step on the part of FEB. “Although integrated reporting and...

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

Econ 050: The slippery slope of corporate misconduct

Date:18 April 2019

Imagine you’re on the banks of a river, watching the white water rapids rage past you. You’re surrounded by a group of your closest friends who booked a rafting trip, but you’re scared. You are deathly afraid that the raft will tip over, and you’ve heard...

Jan Willem Bolderdijk is an associate professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen

When being green is socially awkward

Date:15 April 2019

Climate change, one of the grand issues facing society today, is at its root a behavioural problem. We know what to do (e.g., drastically reduce carbon emissions) and have the tools to accomplish it (e.g., energy-neutral technologies, radical consumer...

How to Optimize Your Partnerships to Create Breakthrough Innovation?

How to Optimize Your Partnerships to Create Breakthrough Innovation?

Date:09 April 2019

For some time now it has been clear that firms need to innovate if they are to survive in a competitive industry. This can include minor improvements to its existing products and services, but to really thrive firms need to generate new breakthrough...

Having a politician on the company board can pay off.

Political access boosts company performance

Date:02 April 2019

Political connections offer significant benefits to companies in the United Kingdom, new research shows, illustrating how even in otherwise low-corruption countries having a politician on the board can pay off.

Podcast Econ 050 covers the economics and business news that matters to the Netherlands and the wider world.

Econ 050: How to avoid climate catastrophe

Date:25 March 2019

If climate change is global, why do so many countries, even those at direct risk of its consequences like the low-lying Netherlands, still seem to see it as a zero sum game? How can politicians, including those in the far right Forum for Democracy who won...

Aletta's Talent Network

The Junior Research Meet-up experiences of PhD researcher Bart Noort

Date:21 March 2019

A summary of the day by Bart Noort. Bart Noort presented during the first parallel session: 'Health care systems and decision making in health care. The title of Noort his presentation was: Collaborating within a bad marriage: the case of joint purchasing...

Diabetes in people aged 50+ reported being afraid of health limiting their ability to work by 16%. Imagesource:https://www.passeportsante.net/fr

Older Europeans with diabetes and fear of work

Date:20 March 2019

Among people aged between 50 and 65, diabetes significantly impacts perception about their ability to work. Research indicates the condition increased fear that health limits their ability to work, especially during the financial crisis.

Econ 050 is a podcast on economics and business made by the Faculty of Economics and Business in collaboration with the Northern Times.

Econ 050: What are the water boards?

Date:20 March 2019

Water management may not seem like an especially sexy topic, but in a country where about one-third of the ground is below sea level, it can be a matter of life or death. Water management has been a part of Dutch history since long before the Netherlands...

Peter van der Meer

Happiness at work: stimulate autonomy and learning possibilities

Date:20 March 2019

Researchers pay much attention to what makes us happy nowadays. Dr. Peter van der Meer, Assistant professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business focusses on the importance of happiness in a working environment. Interested in how work influences your...

Large positive effects of back-pack policy

New study shows great benefits of the back-pack policy designed for special needs students

Date:18 March 2019

From 2003 till 2013, children with a severe disability who qualified for a school for special education could also qualify for learner-specific funding, also known as a ‘back pack’, to be used for extra support in a regular school. A new study by Roel...

Could there be a silver lining to multinationals' decision to leave the UK due to Brexit?

Multinationals leaving the UK. Could their ex-employees provide a silver lining to this cloud?

Date:11 March 2019

Several multinational companies (MNCs) have announced plans to reduce their activities in the United Kingdom. The uncertainties associated with Brexit are a common reason. These strategic decisions often imply the closure of subsidiaries and have immediate...

Professor Erik Dietzenbacher works on input output analysis, economic growth, technology and innovations, industrial organisation, and matrix algebra at the University of Groningen.

Our insatiable appetite for consumption is driving up global CO2 emissions

Date:11 March 2019

Changes in the structure of international trade have had little effect on the growth in global CO2 emissions. That is the conclusion of Professor Erik Dietzenbacher, based on data from the World Input-Output Database (WIOD) for the period 1995-2008.

Econ 050 is a podcast on the economics and finance research that matters to Groningen and the wider world, presented by Traci White.

Econ 050: Leadership and crisis

Date:04 March 2019

More egalitarian approaches to leadership that share responsibility and power are better for weathering an economic downturn, but when the financial crisis hit in 2008, the instinct of thousands of business owners around the globe was to cling to their...

Janka Stoker, professor of leadership and organisational change, and In the LEAD director, with Harry Garretsen, professor of international economics and business

The leadership puzzle

Date:01 March 2019

Leadership is a much debated topic both in research and practice, even more so now with more calls for strong leaders on the rise. Janka Stoker and Harry Garretsen’s new book on the issue Goede leiders zweven niet (Taking hot air out of leadership) has...

Is resistance to organizational change a given fact, managers have to deal with?

Is resistance to organizational change a given fact, managers have to deal with?

Date:28 February 2019

Till the current day, the insights on resistance to change postulated by Machiavelli in the 16th century (1) resonate with managers and organizational researchers alike.

Econ 050 is a podcast on the economics and finance research that matters to Groningen and the wider world, presented by Traci White.

Beyond left and right: how political identity influences happiness

Date:26 February 2019

In municipal elections across the north in 2018, left wing and local issue-based parties performed especially well. In the city of Groningen, there was a far left swing: the liberal D66 party had the biggest share of votes before election day, but the...

From Saints to Sinners – Public moral judgements of non-profit organizations

From Saints to Sinners – Public moral judgements of non-profit organizations

Date:12 February 2019

Our moral judgements are not so robust and consistent as we might think. In 2018, a group of managers at the non-profit organization Oxfam were accused of organizing sex parties in Haiti. In 2005, a group of managers of the for-profit organization...

Wicked problems cannot be solved. They can only be advanced

Wicked problems cannot be solved. They can only be advanced

Date:06 February 2019

Suppose, you are the director of a large museum in which local, national and international art is exhibited. You observe that the public who visits the museum are mostly middle-aged tourists and other one-time visitors. Local inhabitants are sporadically...

Julia Storch is a researcher at the Department of Marketing at the University of Groningen. Her current work focuses on factors that dynamically affect the healthiness of consecutive food choices during major grocery shopping trips.

When does a healthy choice lead to an unhealthy one?

Date:05 February 2019

Researcher Julia Storch is on a mission to understand the decision making that governs what ends up in our shopping baskets. It's all part of trying to solve a challenge on a world scale. "We have a global obesity epidemic. Some people even talk about a...

Brexit, the policies of US President Donald Trump, and events in Russia and China are affecting European managers' willingness to invest abroad, the study finds.

Study shows collapse in confidence in investing in Britain

Date:31 January 2019

Managers' confidence in investing in Britain collapsed between 2013 and 2017, new research has shown.

Econ 050 host Traci White in conversation with Professor Dirk Bezemer

Econ 050: Debt and house prices

Date:30 January 2019

Housing for students in Groningen in particular has gotten a lot of attention in recent years. But issues at the very top of the property ladder are one of the biggest reasons why many people across the north are struggling to find affordable housing even...

P.K. Kannan of the University of Maryland has been named Professor by Special Appointment of Digital Business & Analytics at the Faculty of Economics and Business

The marketing big bang

Date:29 January 2019

P.K. Kannan of the University of Maryland has been named Professor by Special Appointment of Digital Business & Analytics at the FEB and he will participate in the Groningen Digital Business Center. His research is on the frontier of how data and digital...

Healthcare and social media

Transformative effects of social media: How patients’ use of social media affects roles and relationships in healthcare

Date:28 January 2019

Social media have changed how we communicate and conduct business. In line with these general trends, healthcare is also experiencing an increasing number of patients who are using social media for health-related purposes. Edin Smailhodzic recently...

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

Econ 050: Going green at the grocery store

Date:24 January 2019

The new “green” grocer: Why is it so hard to get people to make greener purchases? Associate marketing professor Jenny van Doorn explains in this new episode of podcast Econ 050 that vice and virtue play a role, but at the end of the day, many shoppers are...

Traci White is the host of Econ 050, a podcast made by the Faculty of Economics and Business in collaboration with the Northern Times.

Econ 050: Earthquakes and energy

Date:22 January 2019

What happens after natural gas extraction ends in the north? Professor Machiel Mulder explains who is making money from the industry and what the future holds for the region on a new episode of podcast Econ 050.

Why big data is difficult

Why big data is difficult

Date:22 January 2019

Big data is the new buzzword for organizations. Patterns become visible that would not otherwise be visible. Amazon is said to know what customers are going to buy before the customers know it. The potential of big data opens up new, promising...

Professor Kamp-Roelands

Fighting for global reporting on long term value creation

Date:16 January 2019

Since earlier this year, Nancy Kamp-Roelands is, by special appointment, Professor of Non-Financial Information, Integrated Reporting & Assurance. She sees this appointment as a bold, well-timed step on the part of FEB. “Although integrated reporting and...