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The three most important new tax proposals

Well-designed government taxes can promote social justice, ecological sustainability and economic productivity. Here I present three most promising tax proposals that I encountered the past few years, during my studies in economic policy. They improve both equality and efficiency (or … Lees verder

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Carbon offsetting versus meat offsetting

A carbon offset is a payment to avoid greenhouse gas emissions by others elsewhere in the world according to the same amount that one has emitted oneself, in order to neutralize one’s own carbon footprint. There are several effective ways … Lees verder

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Climate activism, alarmism and effectiveness

In recent years, climate activism showed a regained interest in direct action and civil disobedience. One example is Extinction Rebellion. In their communication, these direct action groups often appeal to alarmism with doom scenarios about apocalyptic climate change. Direct actions … Lees verder

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The large income benefits of migration

This is an English summary of my master’s thesis in policy economics (University of Leuven). The thesis can be downloaded here. Injustice, inefficiency and harm of migration restrictions Unequal pay for equal work, a welfare loss of billions of euros, … Lees verder

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Economics and ethics for a rational politics

People often ask me why I started a master’s study in policy economics after finishing two PhD’s in natural sciences and in moral philosophy. I think that economics, ethics and science are three important areas of research for a rational … Lees verder

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Our worst enemies in crucial areas

What are the most important problems in the most important areas like ethics, economics, politics and sciences? In this short article I present an overview of our worst enemies. Ethics Several ethical principles and theories are possible, but what characterizes … Lees verder

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The worst enemy in economics: privatized economic rent

During my PhD-studies in moral philosophy I was wondering: what is my worst enemy in ethics? I consider discrimination, or more generally unwanted arbitrariness as the biggest problem in ethics. Now that I’m studying for a master in economic policy, … Lees verder

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