Wie staatliche Regulierung Vermieter zu Mietpreishaien macht

Was passiert, wenn man mit staatlichen Eingriffen bestehende Vermietungen vor Mietpreissteigerungen schützt, bei Neubezug aber weitgehend den Marktpreis zulässt? Natürlich: Wohnungsvermieter setzen auf neue Mieter. Das bringt mehr Geld.

Was kostet eigentlich ein digitales FAZ-Abo?

Ich hatte in einem jüngsten Post die Kosten für Medienangebote von Netflix und Spotify neben die eines FAZ-Abos gestellt. Ein Einwurf auf meinen Post war, ich hätte Äpfel mit Birnen verglichen. Etwa weil ich den Printpreis der FAZ mit den Digitalpreisen (was sonst) von Netflix und Spotify ins Verhältnis gesetzt hätte. Ich habe daraufhin den Digital-Abopreis der …

8, 10, 62 Euro: Wie viel sind wir bereit für ein Monatsabo zu zahlen?

Einen Monat unendlich viele Serien und Filme schauen: 7,99 Euro (-> Netflix).  Einen Monat alle Musik der Welt hören: kostenlos mit Werbung oder 9,99 Euro ohne Werbung (-> Spotify). Einen Monat ein einziges (zugegebenermaßen gutes) Nachrichtenmedium lesen: ab 1. Oktober (Print und Digital) 61,90 Euro; nur digital vermutlich 40 Euro (-> FAZ) (bei  gleichzeitiger Reduktion der Qualität). Digitalabo kostete ü Die …

Post-Liberalization in Germany: „Overhelmingly negative“

In theory the monopoly by the Deutsche Post is gone: Since 1998, the German Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Postal Service and Railways (Bundesnetzagentur) has licensed the professional transport of letters and mail, to which there was no weight restrictions. However, the relevant service providers were obliged to provide the so-called „higher-valued services“ …

One question to … the Deutsche Bahn: Why do I have to take long distances (and pay for) to board your trains on the right place?

Dear Deutsche Bahn, about 2.000.000 passengers take the Deutsche Bahn every year. Many of them use the reservation system (4,50 Euro each reservation). But where to board at the platform? Because with the reservation you certainly get the information of the waggon number and seat number, but the missing information is, where your waggon stops at …

How many people who are in work use performance-enhancing drugs in Germany?

How many people who are in work use performance-enhancing drugs in Germany? 2 percent, says the statutory health insurance DAK in a report from 2009 (.pdf), but according to the business newspaper Handelsblatt the broadest study to that topic. The study is mentioned in a long article, published today, about drugs consumed in executive floors in Germany. …

Why are all pilots male? …

Why are all pilots male? … I am wondering, being at the Charles de Gaulle-Airport in Paris (end of vacation) waiting for take off to Berlin. Obviously this is a problem, and still unsolved, CNN tells me. „Getting more women involved in all aspects of aviation is a nut that everyone in the industry would like …

Why we like supermarkets supporting our long-term needs (and therefore a ban of sweets from the checkout rises revenues)

People continuously have to evaluate between short-term and long-term benefit. Do I go shopping or save my money buying a new car next year? Shall I smoke another cigarette or do I want to live longer? Often the satisfaction of short-term needs gets the upper hand (it is in our nature). The same is with …

Why do we still write postcards?

Why do we still write postcards (especially when we are on vacation), admittedly less than in the past but still? On our vacation here in France we bought 10 postcards yesterday and they are about to be written (photo above). Even people who are on Facebook (and can track everything I do), like my mum, …

„Ente“ is still alive

In Germay you don’t see this specific looking car anymore. It was very famous in my childhood (in the 70s and 80s) and everybody just called this car „die Ente“ („the duck“). I was pleasantly surprised that in France (where I am on vacation) you still find the Citroën 2CV (French: „deux chevaux“, lit. ’steam …