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A blog by Leon Oudejans

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The new Flapper generation

Recently, I read a new word: the new (2020s) Flapper generation (eg, Big Think). In the 1920s, "Flappers were a subculture of young Western women [] who wore short skirts [], bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior." (Wiki) In the 1920s, the word flapper was a maverick term, something to be...

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Will high inflation reverse the rise of single-person households?

"Single-person households in the U.S. have steadily increased since 1960. Between 1960 and 2015, the number of single-person households soared to 34.9 million from 6.9 million, and their share of total households more than doubled from 13.1 to 28.0 percent" (JSTOR-2019). Early 2022, The Netherlands, my country, had 8.1 million private households of which 3.2...

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Truss will only make the UK more miserable. That could be good (FT)

Introduction LO: As always, author Simon Kuper has an interesting and a convincing perspective. I really liked the message in his last line. Also see the FT subtitle below. Or, as my mentor used to say: Everything becomes fluid under pressure (eg, my blogs of 2019 and 2020 and TU Delft). I'm less sure about the author's implicit prediction that the UK may rejoin the...

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Society’s farewell to the best & brightest

All over the world, former politicians are being handed jobs by current politicians at semi-public organizations. In my view, this explains why the European Central Bank is not following the Fed on interest levels. As a consequence, the euro is near historic lows compared to the US$. Now, we are even importing inflation. Amsterdam Airport is an important airline hub...

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A reliable recession indicator is flashing warning signs (Axios Markets)

Axios Markets title: A reliable recession indicator is flashing warning signs By: Matt Phillips Date: 23 March 2022 "One of the best-known recession indicators is flashing warning signs on the economy. Yields on longer-term U.S. government bonds are in danger of slipping below yields on short-term bonds, a relatively rare occurrence known as an "inversion." Why it...

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The world economy depends on geopolitics (Axios Markets)

Axios Markets title: The world economy depends on geopolitics By: Neil Irwin Date: 15 March 2022 "These are unsettling times. Warfare in Europe. New pandemic lockdowns in China. High inflation in the U.S. that global developments stand to make worse, Axios' Neil Irwin writes. The common thread: Aspects of...

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