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Very Well Visited Start of the ILS Lunch Seminar Series 2019-2020

On Thursday 19 September, the first ILS Lunch Seminar of this academic year took place. Clare Fenwick and Ilya Kokorin gave two very insightful presentations in this very well visited edition of the Lunch Seminars.

Clare Fenwick gave the first presentation on Intra-EU Labour Migration and the Welfare State”. Strong right-wing parties have gained support all across Europe. These movements are often inspired by anti-immigration sentiments, even though freedom of movement is one of the fundamental principles of the EU. In her presentation, Fenwick showed the difficulty of doing research on intra-EU labour migration. By using the EU labour survey, she came up with a new indicators to identify migrants. As such, she created a new data-set to look at this contemporary topic from a novel perspective. So far, Fenwick concluded that there is no evidence of a negative association between intra-EU labour migration and welfare state effort. Moreover, type of migration does matter and intra-EU labour migration does not seem to be leading to a “race-to-the-bottom” in Europe. The powerpointslides of her presentation can be found here.

The second presentation was given by Ilya Kokorin on “Bankruptcy of Cryptocurrency Exchanges and Implications for Crypto Investors”. Even though the inventors of cryptocurrencies were aiming to get rid of the central government of control, making institutions such as banks superfluous, large amounts of cryptocurrencies are nowadays stored with intermediaries or custodians. However, in the absence of regulation, customers are often left empty-handed if these exchange providers go bankrupt. In his presentation, Kokorin explained how transactions on the blockchain work, how different countries approach this subject and in what way intermediaries such as Coinbase and Gemini provide safety-nets to control for bankruptcy. Kokorin concluded with the difference between centralized and decentralized exchanges and explained the drastic results of a possible bankruptcy of these exchanges for crypto investors. The powerpoint slides of his presentation can be found here.

The next ILS Lunch Seminar will take place on Thursday 17 October 2019 from 13:00 – 14:00 hrs in KOG A.008. This seminar will feature presentations from Prof. Frans Sonneveldt and Hanneke Bennaars. There is no need to register and lunch is provided.

Would you like to present yourself and your research? Do not hesitate to contact our ILS student assistant! More information can be found on our website.

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