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January 31st, 2006

Test subject deciding upon market location

Test subject deciding upon market location

Natural Experiments in Synthetic Worlds
Well, what do you know. Online games happen to be not only a lot of fun for those who play them, but also a superb research tool for economists —and other practitioners of social sciences as well. They offer the equivalent of having tens of planets populated by human societies performing their natural interactions under perfectly controlled conditions. In other words, the perfect laboratory. Hadron Super Collider, roll over.
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Double-edged: Handle with care

Double-edged: Handle with care

The Quirks of Two-Sided Markets
Strange things happen when you operate in a market where your customers belong to two different but interdependent groups, so that what one does influences what the other chooses. Strange things indeed, like sales improving when the government increases the ad valorem tax on your product, for instance. Or that giving away the product may increase your profits.
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Waiting for grandchildren

Waiting for grandchildren

The Real Back-Breaker
Ageing populations keep finance ministers awake at night from Japan to Germany, Italy through France. Who is going to pay their pensions once the working portion of the population becomes a minority? And yet, it is not pensions that will break the back of the social security system: it is health care. The numbers are simply mind-boggling.
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Looking brighter

Looking ever brighter. Just don't dim down now.

Upswing Gains Momentum
The Ifo Business Climate Index for German industry and trade rose again clearly in January, after a significant improvement in the previous months. The surveyed firms expressed greater satisfaction with their current business situation than in December, and they again gave more favourable assessments of their business expectations for the next six months.
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CESifo International Spring Conference 2006

High-ranking businessmen and economists will converge on March 23-24 at the British Embassy in Berlin to discuss the outlook for the world's economy and debate the prospects for major European industries in 2006.

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