Categorie: Economie

Prijzenoorlog op de oliemarkt

Wij Nederlanders staan vaak bekend om onze extreme drang naar goedkoop, het liefst gratis,  dingen willen; we zijn gierig. Echter, dezer dagen lijkt deze rationele drang compleet vervaagd te zijn: de supermarkten, bij wie de prijzen van het op het moment zo geliefde wc-papier toch zeker een stijging ondergaan, staan vol, maar de pompstations zijn leeg. Dit, terwijl de brandstofprijs in jaren niet zo laag is geweest! Gemiddeld betaal je op dit moment zo’n 20-30 eurocent minder per liter dan voorheen (lees: voor het Covid-19 virus). Wat is er aan de hand op de oliemarkt? […]

02 april • Door Lars Beute Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 4 minuten
Peer pressure

Peer pressure

In the past few weeks, our supermarkets have been swamped by a huge demand for durable goods. This is due to the quarantine measures our government has taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, despite the notion of our prime minister to discourage buying every single roll of toilet paper, people still continued hoarding these goods. This behaviour is very typical in crisis situations and experiments have been conducted to explain the psychology behind peer pressure. Asch conformity A pioneer of social psychology Solomon Asch introduced fundamental concepts in conformity and many other […]

26 maart • Door Sam Ansari Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 4 minuten
the optimal pace problem

The Optimal Pace

For professional athletes, the goal of running a marathon is to complete it as fast as possible. However, this does not mean that the athletes are running as hard as they can all the time, as one cannot maintain this pace the entire marathon. Hence they need to find a maintainable pace at which they finish the marathon as fast as possible: the optimal pace problem. It turns out that this very general problem is occurring far more often in normal day life and in business than most of us realise. Furthermore, it turns out […]

12 maart • Door Casper de Vries Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 4 minuten

How 3D printing is changing manufacturing

Recently I was inspired by seeing what other people have done with 3D printing to buy my very own one. After having used it for very basic things like pen holders, I started making bigger things. While printing I began to wonder what the economic impact of this technology is. Since these printers aren’t as fast as a paper printer, I had quite some time to wonder. First of all, it is hard to undersell how much this technology can help to prolong the life of a certain product. For example my vacuum cleaner: a […]

18 februari • Door Max Kloosterman Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 3 minuten

Fighting deforestation with big data

Deforestation is one of nature’s biggest problems. According to current satellite data, tropical forests are being destroyed at a rate of 8,8 million hectares per year, about twice the size of the Netherlands. Unlike a certain mr. Gump, these forests can’t run anywhere. However, a new technology developed by WWF might be able to predict when and where forests will be cut, and therefore intervene before it is too late. This article describes this potential breakthrough against deforestation. The situation Illegal deforestation is defined as cutting, transporting, adapting, buying or selling wood without authority of […]

10 december • Door Sjors Keet Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 6 minuten

Libra: Facebook’s valuta

Tot de verrassing van velen komt Facebook in het komende jaar met zijn eigen cryptocurrency. Helemaal na verschillende schandalen in de behandeling van persoonlijke data. Toch wordt verwacht dat Libra zal uitkomen in de eerste helft van komend jaar. Wat is de huidige stand van zaken, en gaat dit onze euro vervangen? Als alles volgens plan gaat, moet het mogelijk zijn om met deze valuta te kunnen betalen in verschillende apps van Facebook zoals Whatsapp, Messenger en Instagram. Ook wordt het mogelijk voor 3e partijen om deze mogelijkheid te integreren in hun apps. Libra is, […]

28 november • Door Max Kloosterman Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 3 minuten

How to Lie with Smoking Statistics

In 1953 publiceerde Ernest Wynder een onderzoek over longkanker, waarbij hij het teer uit sigaretten met een borstel op 81 muizen smeerde. Het resultaat van dit onderzoek was dat 44 procent van de ingesmeerde muizen kanker had gekregen en slechts 10 procent van de totale groep was na twintig maanden nog in leven. Bij de niet-ingesmeerde muizen was er bij geen van hen kanker gevonden en 53 procent was nog in leven na twintig maanden. Vanzelfsprekend liet dit onderzoek vele mensen schrikken. Het gevolg hiervan was dat de aandelen van de tabaksindustrie flink in waarde […]

12 november • Door Esther Valkonet Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 5 minuten

Thuisbezorgd.nl: eten of gegeten worden

Het is zaterdagavond, je bent net thuis, moet nog eten en je hebt totaal geen zin om te koken. Oplossing? Thuisbezorgd.nl. Wij studenten weten maar al te goed hoe handig het kan zijn om van de diensten van Thuisbezorgd of welke andere bezorgdienst dan ook gebruik te maken. In het dagelijks straatbeeld zijn de scooters met de Thuisbezorgd reclame dan ook bijna niet meer weg te denken. Het zal je daarom ook niet verbazen dat Thuisbezorgd in 2018 een omzet heeft gedraaid van welgeteld 240 miljoen euro. Dat terwijl in 2017 deze omzet ‘slechts’ 120 […]

29 oktober • Door Lars Beute Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 5 minuten

Buying a country: Trumps interest in Greenland

Trump recently made headlines, once again, by offering to buy Greenland from Denmark. As strange as it may seem, this is not even the first time the United States has tried to purchase Greenland. But why would President Trump want to buy this island, receive 500 million euros in aid from the Danish mainland to develop its economy? The answer is more logical than it may seem. First a quick history lesson: the United States has always had an interest in buying pieces of land, like the Louisiana purchase in 1803, and the Alaska purchase […]

12 september • Door Max Kloosterman Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 2 minuten

The US-China Trade war

China and the United States have embarked upon a trade war as both superpowers lob threats of trade tariffs, and there seems no turning back. In this article, I’ll be analyzing why tensions between the superpowers are heating up. Tensions between the United States and China have been heating up for quite some time, as China is becoming a consumer market, and no longer just a cheap place to manufacture goods. These changes, of course, affect the United States, which relies heavily on this manufacturing. Trump has been sceptical of previous policies concerning trade with […]

25 juni • Door Max Kloosterman Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 3 minuten
The Huawei ban

The Huawei ban

You have probably heard about the ban of the US for Huawei. This means that Huawei is not allowed to do business with any US company. The CEO of Huawei thinks that they will make 30 billion dollars less revenue within the coming two years. This article will point out why this ban was introduced in the first place by president Donald Trump. Besides this, the consequences of the ban for Huawei and the customers will be pointed out. What happened? Donald Trump has inhibited Huawei from doing any business inside the US or with […]

18 juni • Door Sam Ansari Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 5 minuten

How to build a monopoly

The story goes that Thales of Milete, the Greek philosopher, wanted to disprove the claim that philosophers don’t know how to make money. He therefore used all the money he had to buy all available olive presses right before the harvest. After this, he could rent them out at a really high price when demand peaked. This became known as one of the first examples of a monopoly. Horizontal vs. vertical progress Everybody strives for progress in one way or another. A baker wants to bake better breads, a supermarket strives to get more customers […]

09 april • Door Sjors Keet Tijd om te lezen Estimated reading time: 6 minuten

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