’Freedom of choice leads to stress’

In Money ,
Written by Tuesday, 07 November 2006 00:00
Professor of Economics focuses on the psyche of consumers Competition between, for example, health insurance companies is beneficial to consumers, says the government. Carefully weighing up the various possibilities allows consumers to choose the best insurance policy at the best price, according to the standard economic model. ‘But people are…

How pensions are following mortgages

In Money ,
Written by Thursday, 09 February 2006 00:00
Research into the ideal pension and the role of pension funds The way people arrange their pensions today is totally different from the way they select a mortgage. The choice for a mortgage is determined by lifestyle, income, plans for the future and suchlike. In the best-case scenario pensions are…

Mass customization

In Money ,
Written by Wednesday, 05 October 2005 00:00
Much choice does not create a problem for the consumer Besides mass products companies now also offer custom-made products for the masses. Jeans, sports shoes, computers; as a consumer you can indicate your specific preferences per part for all sorts of products, upon which the manufacturer can exactly produce the…

Knowledge alone is not enough

In Money ,
Written by Tuesday, 04 October 2005 00:00
Individual competences of alumni raise labour market success Two economists graduate with the same study results. One received a higher grade for his thesis and gained relevant work experience. The other has a more ambitious and more responsible personality and is less influenced by ‘socially desirable’ behaviour. Moreover, he gained…

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