Posts byDaniel Koudijs

1st year Msc Student of Monetary Economics, Banking and Regulation at the UVA.

The Curious Case of Helicopter Money

Why are serious people around the world talking about dropping money from the sky?

What would happen if money was falling from the sky like rain? Though this sounds like the tagline for a movie, Economist and Central Bankers around the world have recently been debating a similar idea called Helicopter Money. The idea of figuratively “dropping money from the sky, onto the economy” has been gaining ground as

Oh Dutch Growth Where Art Thou?

Why economic growth in the Netherlands has disappointed and is likely to continue to in the years to come.

Eight years have passed since the financial crisis of 2008 and many European countries, including the Netherlands, have only just surpassed their pre-crisis GDP level. The image of a waving line representing an economy going down and back up again in cycles is one of the most elementary concepts of economics; yet recent recovery has

Fintech & Beyond

On the promise and real impact of the tech start-up’s financial sibling.

Financial technology is hot. Abbreviated to Fintech, it is the financial spinoff of the tech start-up and has been making waves across the world. Big banks and financial firms are channelling significant amounts of money into fintech. Even “nuchter” Holland has not escaped the hype: fintech is being actively supported by the Dutch government and

The Broken Bachelor of Economics

Recently, an ex-teacher of the Faculty of Economics published an article criticizing the Bachelor of Economics at the UvA. What exactly was his critique and what should be done about it?

Discussions about what should be changed at the UvA are only as frequent as discussions on what should not be changed at the UvA. Everyone is by now familiar with last year’s protests at several faculties, yet at the construction site known as Roeterseiland things have been quiet. Is there less to complain about or

New Year, Old Problems

Why the worries of 2016 remind some of 2008. And why this might be too pessimistic.

  2016 has not had a fresh start. The year begun in the same way 2015 ended: the Chinese stock market plunged once again, as did the oil price. The Dutch stock exchange experienced the worst first week in its history; many others suffered heavy losses. There is a market belief that January predicts how