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    Elien Verstraeten

    Elien Verstraeten is an MSc in Local Economic Development student at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Ghent.

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  • The difficult dilemma between inequality and unemployment

    The difficult dilemma between inequality and unemployment1

    For decades now, European countries chose to curb inequality through rigid employment laws, strong labor unions and generous unemployment benefits – often at the expense of the young and unemployed. The dilemma between inequality and unemployment is difficult, but successful solutions should strike a balance between job flexibility and security.

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  • All eyes on Rio: Blessing or curse for local tourism?

    All eyes on Rio: Blessing or curse for local tourism?1

    The Olympic Games have manifested themselves as global extravaganzas that attract eyes from all over the world to its host city. Such worldwide attention has the power of attracting tourists long after the Games are over – look at what the 2010 FIFA World Cup did for South Africa. However, extensive media coverage might just as well expose flaws rather than strengths. Will the 2016 Olympic Games convince spectators that Rio de Janeiro, and Brazil at large, are the ultimate holiday destination? It is time for citizens, businesses and government to unite in an effort to showcase Rio’s unique beauty and spirit.

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