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Translated by Anna-Maria Kohnke

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Vehicle-Specific CO2 Emission Caps: An Outdated Policy Tool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 (...)


The Skilled Immigration Act: A Missed Opportunity

by Kalle Kappner, Translated by Anna-Maria Kohnke    28 August 2019    0

For several decades, labour market experts and economists have been advocating what now seems to become real: in 2020, Germany’s new immigration act will come into effect. The ‘Skilled Immigration Act’ is supposed to make immigration of qualified, non-EU citizens significantly easier. In the (...)


Are half of all jobs bullshit? Bullshit!

by Alexander Fink, Kalle Kappner, Translated by Anna-Maria Kohnke    27 November 2019    0

In the 2000s, a short book by philosopher Harry Frankfurt made the term ‘bullshit’ socially acceptable. In 2018, anthropologist David Graeber published his bestseller, in which he argued that roughly half of the employment relations in the Western economies are ‘bullshit jobs’: they provide no (...)


The Gig Economy: A good deal for workers

by Kalle Kappner, Translated by Anna-Maria Kohnke    5 May    0

Occasional sleeping in a shared flat; getting a lift from the airport to the city centre; moving house with the help of a bunch of students – an increasing number of people uses the diverse, often inexpensive offers of digital platforms such as Airbnb, Uber, or TaskRabbit. Although the economic (...)


Representation in Democracies: Unequal and Unfair?

by Alexander Fink, Kalle Kappner, Translated by Anna-Maria Kohnke    27 March 2019    0

In light of increasing income inequality and wealth inequality in many Western democracies, some social scientists believe that democracy is in jeopardy. Do the rich have a disproportionally high influence on political decisions – in contrast with the ideal of equal representation of all voters? (...)


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. (...)


Mass Unemployment and Skilled Labour Shortage?

by Alexander Fink, Kalle Kappner, Translated by Anna-Maria Kohnke    4 September 2019    0

Germany’s labour market is buzzing. The unemployment rate is currently close to 5%. Althoughthe business cycle could cool down in the near future, the trend is not expected to reverse course in the coming years. In the long run, however, pessimism dominates. As automation intensifies, many (...)


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, (...)


Venture Capital in Germany: Nothing ventured, nothing gained

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz, Translated by Anna-Maria Kohnke    29 April 2020    0

N26, Celonis and Biontech are the most recent success stories of the German start-up scene. All three enterprises have collected higher sums of venture capital in the past year. As good as this news may be, however, the overall picture of the German venture capital scene is rather problematic. (...)


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