Can video games help us predict the evolution of pandemics?

With the outbreak of Covid-19, a 15 years old event surfaced; the World of Warcraft (WOW) pandemic. At the time, discussions appeared about how online video games could be revolutionary tools to predict the evolution of outbreaks. The current events make these discussions more newsworthy than ever.  The corrupted blood epidemy In 2005, this massively … Continue reading Can video games help us predict the evolution of pandemics?

Out of school, excluded from a human right

In Article 26.1, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to education, education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. (…)”. (United Nations, 1948). It has been stated that it should not only be a right but also, to a certain … Continue reading Out of school, excluded from a human right

Should prisons be privatised?

"I believe a big part of our problem is that the very violent inmates, like the three that escaped, [were] sent to private prisons that were just not up to the job”, argued Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard following the escape of three murderers from Arizona's Kingman private prison on 30 July 2010. According to … Continue reading Should prisons be privatised?

M2 Choice – Public Policy and Development (PPD)

Current student - Stefan Preuß  Which was your favourite course(s) and why?  There were many great classes. My top three are that on the role of institutions in development by Victor Gay, that on econometrics by Paul Seabright/Ana Gazmurri, and that on economic history by Mohamed Saleh. In all of them, the lecturers were able … Continue reading M2 Choice – Public Policy and Development (PPD)

M2 Choice – Economic Theory and Econometrics (ETE)

Current student - Till Kov Which aspects of your chosen program were the most challenging? ETE is a very theoretical and mathematical program. For me, the most challenging aspect was the level of mathematics which is required for some courses. But this is also due to the fact that I have a less strong background … Continue reading M2 Choice – Economic Theory and Econometrics (ETE)