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Regulation of technology calls for a different view of humans

Innovation - Apr 16

When it comes to regulating digital technology, such as generative AI and algorithms, the focus is often on the technology itself rather than the human who interacts with it. At least, not on humans as they truly are. We must acknowledge that humans are never entirely predictable; otherwise, regulation will never be effective, argues Prof. Esther Keymolen in her inaugural address. On Friday, April 19th, she will assume the chair of Regulation of Digital Technology at Tilburg University. In her work, she focuses on the ethical and philosophical questions surrounding technology regulation.

Innovation - Apr 11

Pessimistic view of the future influences the transition to parenthood

New sociological research from Tilburg University shows that a pessimistic view of the future in which the next generation will grow up influences young people's decision to enter parenthood. "For people with a pessimistic view of the future, it does not stop at just talking. They are actually less likely to make the transition to parenthood."

Pharmacology - Mar 26

How to prevent social desirability bias in surveys

Marketing researcher Rik Pieters has developed, together with colleagues from other universities, a new, indirect questioning technique to improve the chance that people answer truthfully. The technique can be used, for instance, in conducting surveys or in making policies.

Career - Mar 19

Excessive flexibility due to flexible contracts can negatively affect workers well-being

On Friday, March 22, 2024, José Gabriel Carreño will defend his PhD thesis titled: Three Essays on Wage Compensation and Flexible Contracts. In his PhD thesis, Carreño found that the reliance on flexible contracts may lead to a decrease in worker welfare. This excessive flexibility, while beneficial for economic stability to some extent, can result in job insecurity for workers, adversely affecting their overall well-being.

Unknown is unloved: Local exposure to refugees promotes more positive attitude to asylum seekers

People who live near a refugee center tend to develop a more positive attitude to asylum seekers compared to people who live further away. They are also less likely to support anti-immigration parties. This is the conclusion of research conducted by economist Sigrid Suetens and her team. The study suggests that this positive attitude is a result of contact between local residents and refugees.

- Apr 5

Even 66-year-olds engage in online aggression

Online aggression, or intentionally hurting others online, is primarily studied among young people and young adults. However, new research shows that even 66-year take part in online aggression.

Media - Mar 22

Introduction of expert pages for the press

To better serve journalists and other interested parties, Tilburg University is introducing expert pages. Here you will find a selection of our experts in various scientific fields.

Politics - Mar 15

Valedictory address Peter Essers: Analysis of previous tax reforms doesn’t bode well for box 3 reform

What makes some fundamental tax reforms a success and others a failure? This question will be answered by Peter Essers, Professor of Tax Law at Tilburg University and former senator for Christian-democratic party CDA, in his valedictory address on March 15, 2024, at 16:15 hrs. in the Auditorium of Tilburg University. The chances of a successful reform of box 3 are slim, he argues based on his research.

Environment - Mar 7

Publication in Science: Loss of ecosystems incurs higher costs than previously estimated

Across the globe, animal and plant species along with their habitats are disappearing. With this loss, we also lose the 'services' they provide, such as water filtration or crop pollination. An international research team, including Sjak Smulders from Tilburg University, has proposed a new calculation approach to capture these future 'benefits' of nature. The research has been published in the prestigious scientific journal Science.