of sustainability and development.
Future Markets Consultation
Towards a New Market Economy in Europe for Future Generations
the ethics of economics & business?
A think tank consisting of young economists will undertake various activities to gain input and based on that, produce a report. As with all activities and documents that are part of the consultation, this will serve as input for the final consultation report written under the auspices of prof. dr. Jan-Peter Balkenende, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands.
There is a growing recognition that our economy has to be fundamentally. In the new paradigm that is starting to emerge, the well-being of people and the planet is put at the center of the economy and society is organized more democratically. In this way, it concerns both a shift ideas and in power. Besides exploring what this paradigm shift entails for the economy in general, this report takes a closer look at the following three fields: (1) the public sector, (2) environmental policy and (3) the financial sector.
Over the last year the welfare state has been at the core of public debates. One idea in particular, namely unconditional universal basic income, has gotten a lot of attention. This report argues that a combination of extended basic services, a job guarantee and benefits as rights is a better solution. This option does not stimulate market individualism, but strengthens social cohesion, as these solutions are based on the reciprocal principle of enabling everyone to contribute to and benefit from the common good.
The Think Tank of Young Economists will publish a report on the need for a green stimulus to combat both the economic downturn of the corona crisis and the climate crisis, with the Netherlands as their case study. In the report, the authors will discuss
Finally, they will explore what investment are smart and can help achieve both short term goals as employment and long term goals as sustainability. Based on the estimates of the effects of different investment (such as in electric vehicle charging networks, home insulation, and green startups), the Young Economists Think Tank will present various options as to what the green stimulus package could look like.
Sam de Muijnck is researcher at Our New Economy and chairman of the Future Generations Think Tank. Next to this, he is currently writing a book on how to reform economics education together with Joris Tieleman named Economy Studies: A New Vision for Economics Education. Earlier Sam was the chairman of the Dutch branch of the international student movement Rethinking Economics. He followed his undergraduate economics and honours program at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, interdisciplinary research master at the University of Amsterdam, and his internship with the economic advisors of the Ministry of Finance of the Netherlands. Besides his economics activities, Sam is a breakdance teacher and hip-hop artist.
Eefje is currently coordinator at the Good Markets research project and responsible for the overall coordination of the Future of Capitalism – Consultation. She is also postdoctoral researcher on inclusiveness for the Inclusive Biobased Innovations project (TU Delft). Her main research interests regard how to include smallholders in agricultural value chains and market systems, a topic addressed in her dissertation thesis as well. Other interests regard rethinking capitalism and economic models. Eefje studied International Economics at both Tilburg University (BSc) and University of Amsterdam (MSc), and completed a Master Christianity & Society at the TiU afterwards (MSc, cum laude). In her free time, she loves to go hiking, inline skating, and swimming. She also loves reading, needle pointing, the Spanish language and culture, and playing the piano.
Kees Buitendijk works at think-tank Socires in The Hague, where he is involved with programs on Finance and the Common Good and the Rhineland tradition. He has previously studied Business Administration, Public Administration and Philosophy at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.