A regional train at the central station in Karlsruhe, Germany (I took this photo on July 17, 2021). I love to take train rides. Right now, I am on an ICE 4 from Berlin to my hometown Tauberbischofsheim. The ride is fast, comfortable and I am able to work (even wifi works). I am not the only … Continue reading 🚊 What does the future of rail transport look like (in Germany)?
Because we don’t treat parking lots as private goods.
LINK Phenomenon: Gap between desire and reality What do people think is the most pressing challenge? Unsurprisingly it is climate change. Sixty-seven per cent say so, according to the ‘world in 2030 Survey’ report by UNESCO. Given this fact, how are we doing in fighting climate change? Again the answer is hardly surprising: We are doing … Continue reading How can we fight climate change successfully?
You’d better not click that button. Usually, a lot of media coverage is about the disadvantages of the digital revolution, such as privacy issues, monopolistic tendencies or (non-)taxation of international service providers. The coverage is for a good reason. This blog is also focusing on the downsides. As well as on the upsides. A key … Continue reading How can we improve our online shopping experience?
Die bundeseinheitliche Notbremse zur Bekämpfung der Corona-Pandemie ist seit heute in Kraft, und es scheint bisweilen, dass die gleichen Menschen, die vor Wochen noch das “föderale Chaos” bei der Pandemie-Bekämpfung beklagt haben, jetzt die starren Regeln der deutschlandweit einheitlich geltenden Mobilitätsbeschränkungen anprangern. Ich mag mich täuschen. Man kann - und das wird es ja auch … Continue reading Marktversagen in der Pandemie: Warum die Bundes-Notbremse ökonomisch betrachtet Sinn macht
Which of the following countries is the poorest in terms of mean wealth per adult? Australia, Singapore, Austria,Switzerland, Germany It's Germany. It is number 21 in the global ranking - Switzerland (1), Australia (4), Singapore (8), Austria 14). That is interesting as Germany is often called economically one of the most powerful nations. But that is true as well. The same … Continue reading Why a wealth tax is likely to come but isn’t likely to pay off
How the debt brake is becoming a dominant topic in the looming election campaign This post is part of the mailing "Making Sense of Germany". Subscribe here for free. Life in Germany is still all about the pandemic. The lockdown (retail and restaurants are closed so are most of the schools and child care) that … Continue reading The pride of Germany
Germany launched its mass Covid-19 vaccination programme on December 27. More than a month later, nothing much has happened. Over-80s were supposed to be inoculated first, along with care home residents, but tens of thousands of eligible Germans have yet to get the shot. This mess is the same across much of the EU due … Continue reading What would you do as head of AstraZeneca?
There has been a vigorous debate here in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic if measures to contain the pandemic should be primarily voluntary or mandatory. Should wearing masks be obligatory? Could cultural events be happening? Should journeys be allowed? Any discussion had one question in common: Should each individual behave in autonomous responsibility … Continue reading Voluntary or mandatory? An economic perspective on the Corona debate
It took Biontech and other pharmaceutical companies less than a year to develop a successful vaccine against Covid_19. Imagine health authorities had adapted that fast; digital equipment was acquired, software improved, and new jobs built up. That would mean the trinity of testing, tracking, and quarantining would work as it does in countries with low … Continue reading What if the public sector worked like Biontech