Diversity and Contradiction

The South African struggle to success

I believe that almost everyone I had a conversation with over the past two months now knows that I went to Cape Town in April this year. Together with 29 other students from the faculty, I explored the city in the two weeks we had. Apart from the nice (touristic) activities we did — we

Qatar Diplomatic Crisis

More tensions in the Middle East

Between the 5 and 6th of June, 9 countries including Saudi Arabia, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Mauritius, Mauritania, the Maldives and Libya’s eastern-based government fully froze all diplomatic relations with Qatar. This is an unprecedented in its scope and structure case even though it is not the first crisis in that region

(Perfect?) Competition in Financial Markets

Banking regulation has been extensively discussed by many politicians, economists, and regulatory agencies after the subprime meltdown in 2007. I decided to write about this topic after following an interesting lecture about Competition Policy in Financial Markets. The lecturer Prof. dr. Maarten Pieter Schinkel specializes in competition economics and regulation at the UvA. Like any other

The Fear of Losing

Why we don't all invest

Last week I received a message from my bank about the interest rate on my savings account. The bank announced that it would go down. Again. Since the credit crisis in 2008/2009, interest rates have been kept low by the European Central Bank to stimulate economic activity, and the interest rates on saving deposits are