A more flexible labour market and a low public debt – meaning: more austerity - are ‘good for the economy’. And, by the way, the economic crisis is over.
Politicians and policy makers tend to simplify and frame economics the way they see fit. This series questions assumptions about ‘the market’. Visit our series ‘Myths About the Market’ to feel more empowered in discussions about the economy. Economics is too important to be left to economic scientists and politicians.
Does it help the economy when companies are given more freedom? Does a large public sector harm or help the economy? And to whom do we give credit for influential innovations: to the state or the private sector? Mirjam de Rijk will share the most important myths about economics, the economy and ‘the market’. In this first lecture she will focus on myths about the role of the private and the public sector in the economy. Is the public sector a curse or a blessing, economically speaking? What role do certain myths play in the reforms that are implemented in many countries to overcome the economic crisis?
Mirjam de Rijk, originally a journalist, has a broad experience as CEO of national environmental organization ‘Stichting Natuur en Milieu’, member of the Dutch senate, deputy mayor of Utrecht and chair of the green-left party ‘GroenLinks’. Last year she published '51 myths about the economy' (in Dutch '51 Mythes over wat goed zou zijn voor de economie')