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After COVID-19: Working from home is a danger to innovation
Jun22

After COVID-19: Working from home is a danger to innovation

Working from home became the norm during the COVID crisis. But it doesn’t only have advantages. The transition to 100% homeworking mode, dreamed of by some, would be a disaster for innovation. If you only have 30 seconds The concentration of individuals in one place is correlated with the capacity for creation and innovation. Informal contacts are essential to build the capacity to recombine information and lead to innovation....

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Market research: visualizing the shadow economy
Jun03

Market research: visualizing the shadow economy

In light of our recent post on credit card ownership, we used once again Tableau to explore data related this time to analyse and visualize the shadow economy. The shadow economy is the part of the economy that runs “off the records”. From a fiscal viewpoint the shadow economy can be defined as all the activities that evade taxation; in other words all activities for which taxes should be paid and aren’t. Assessing...

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Is Germany an ecosystem for SMEs ?
Apr25

Is Germany an ecosystem for SMEs ?

In a recent column published in Le Figaro, Jean-Pierre Robin echoed a column by 2008 Nobel Prize of Economy Paul Krugman in the New-York Times. In his article Krugman was dealing with Apple’s industrial model, based on outsourcing. At the opposite of ventures creating wealth through jobs in their own country, Apple has based its strategy on outsourcing in China. It has actually created far more jobs in China than in the US, which...

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Italy : one firm out of 50 subject to insolvency procedure
Jan25

Italy : one firm out of 50 subject to insolvency procedure

All European countries undergo the consequences of the financial crisis. Italy is obviously one of them. The truth had been hidden by the previous government which minimized the impact of the crisis; the Monti government keeps reminding to citizens how critical the situation has become and you can feel it even in the daily life. Firms, and SMEs in particular, are the first victims. This is especially worrying because Italy has twice...

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I want to be scared … let’s have a look at Belgium’s firms bankruptcies figures
Sep14

I want to be scared … let’s have a look at Belgium’s firms bankruptcies figures

The Belgium statistical institute just published the latest bankruptcies figures. It’s far from being positive. Here’s an extract: In July 2011, 599 businesses in Belgium went bankrupt, a rise of 0.8% compared to July 2010. The bankruptcies in July resulted in a loss of 1,304 jobs: 744 full-time employees, 354 part-time employees and 206 salaried employers lost their jobs. The number of bankruptcies in the first seven...

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