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Fabian Kurz

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Growth of the World Population: Good News for Humans and the Planet

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz    6 September 2018    0

The extent of the climate change is significantly affected by the size of the world population. A larger population increases the use of resources and more greenhouse gases are emitted. It is usually assumed the world population will continue to grow at the same pace as in the recent past. In (...)


Adjusting to Climate Change: Markets help

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz, Translation by Anna-Maria Kohnke    26 February 2020    0

Climate scientists warn against the possible consequences of anthropogenic climate change. Rising average temperatures make extreme weather, including draughts and floods, more likely; rising sea levels threaten populations in coastal regions. An international political agreement was to limit (...)


Pricey, Pricier, Pharmaceuticals in the US

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz, Translation by Anna-Maria Kohnke    1 July 2020    0

Five years ago, a US American hedge fund bought the distribution rights for Daraprim, a drug to cure AIDS. Overnight, the price went from $13.50 to $750.00. This price increase caused huge public outrage. Yet, high prices for pharmaceuticals are rather common in the US. No other healthcare (...)


Barely any European unicorns: What can the EU do?

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz, Translation by Anna-Maria Kohnke    2 September 2020    0

Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Airbnb: these are only few of the numerous companies which have fundamentally changed our lives with new technologies in recent years. While their business models differ, none of the stars come from Europe. Apart from the serial entrepreneurs at Rocket (...)


Brexit Exposes The Hidden Costs Of Tariffs

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz, Translated by Maria Kaul    20 February 2019    1

The collection of tariffs on imports not only involves direct costs, which is the price of the tariff itself, but also numerous indirect costs. Civil servants, as an example, employed in the collection process add to the overall financial burden. So do the importers hiring employees to do the (...)


Vehicle-Specific CO2 Emission Caps: An Outdated Policy Tool

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz, Translated by Anna-Maria Kohnke    24 April 2019    0

CO2 emission limits and targets are currently all over the news. For example, the European Union is gradually strengthening the environmental standards for new vehicles, with a view to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2050. These emission targets, however, could be reached more (...)


STEM Popularity in Germany – A Reason for Optimism

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz, Translated by Anna-Maria Kohnke    29 May 2019    0

German chancellor Angela Merkel recently expressed concerns over Germany’s and Europe’s technological competitiveness. Others voiced doubts about Germany’s tech future, too. One of the reasons mentioned more frequently to justify this pessimism is the shortage of skilled labour. As a result, calls (...)


High Standards: Curse or Blessing?

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz, Translated by Anna-Maria Kohnke    26 June 2019    0

Over the last few decades, our living standards have improved significantly. Today, cars are technologically sophisticated, apartments are comfortable, and pharmaceuticals are safer. The working of the markets has enhanced technological progress. Yet, technology does not progress linearly. (...)


Another Day, Another Ban

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz, Translated by Anna-Maria Kohnke    16 October 2019    0

Summer is not only the season of swimming trunks and barbecues, but also of vociferous politicians. One of the warhorses of this year’s silly season are bans. Whether it is plastic cutlery, oil heating or domestic flights, calls for bans are becoming louder across the political spectrum. Bans, (...)


Packaging and the climate change

by Fabian Kurz, Translation by Anna-Maria Kohnke    1 April 2020    0

Online shopping is increasingly popular. According to a survey from 2019, almost 90 percent of 25- to 44-year-olds had ordered something online during the previous three months. Even half of those aged 65 or more confessed they shopped online. However, online shopping is also criticised for (...)


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