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Democratic accountability in Romania

Over 300.000 people took it to the streets Saturday evening in protest against the Romanian government. You can read a lot about the background story in the international media. In a nutshell, the government introduced an executive order that would decriminalise some form of corruption. Public officials who would take bribe amounting to less than EUR […]

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Uber and the protests

As you have already read in the news, there is an ongoing backlash against Uber (#deleteUber). This happened because some stories about Uber’s support of Trump surfaced online. People are switching to Lyft. In a very nice move (it might be marketing, who knows?),  Lyft donated 1 million USD to the American Civil Liberties Union in support […]

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Italy’s now familiar problem

Today, Corriere della Sera and other major newspapers in Italy and Europe reported on the devastating effect of the political crisis in the peninsula coupled with deep economic uncertainty. While politics have rarely surprised anyone during times of crisis, the Italian economic trouble and the reluctance to find an immediate solution is quite scary for the European […]

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Uber and governments

In the short history of digital platforms, Uber is among the fewest enterprises that managed to address a substantial gap in the markets by creating, in principle, a digital marketplace that connects supply and demand and that removes the friction present in a classical economic market. Even though this setup offered an efficient way of […]

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Is the Chinese miracle over?

Let’s watch first this cogent reportage made by Financial Times about the state of the Chinese economy. Assuming you watched it until the end, I have a few points to add. There has been a persistent problem with the economic models that predicted the success of China. Almost all of them considered the growth rate […]

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Is this the new dot-com bubble?

I am researching start-ups for about 3 years now. I got interested in this field because probably it is the most dynamic research field you can be in at the moment. Even though many articles have been written about entrepreneurship and start-ups, from reading the academic literature you realise that knowledge is so fragmented that […]

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Romanian elections tomorrow: what are the odds?

I must warn you, this is an article that only people familiar with the Romanian politics would understand. I am really fond of following the latest developments in the Romanian new, yet fragile democracy. There are parliamentary elections Sunday and the polls tell us that we are in for some fights between parties in the […]

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The Uber saga continues

About half a year ago I wrote a research paper on the resistance to technological change as the reason why Uber is facing such an intense backlash. I used text mining techniques to analyse over 200.000 words from news feeds that contained stories about Uber. The findings suggested that taxi drivers and other stakeholders backlashed […]

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What should you expect if you start your own business tomorrow?

Starting your own business can be a difficult decision to make. You have to balance both the positive and negative outcomes of being your own boss. More freedom to steer your business in the direction you want comes at a cost: you are the sole responsible for the business going underwater. If you still have […]

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History ended, again!

In a recent article on the international news channel CNN, Nile Gardner proclaimed the end of liberalism. It’s over, he says, because “supranationalism goes against the grain of history and human instinct, and will surely go the way of the dinosaur”. Where should I start with this miserable view of the world? This reminds me […]