The Cost of the Gender Gap
By Project Syndicate on August 29, 2007.
Working women throughout the world have long complained of the unfairness implied by lower pay than what men receive. But the wage disparity between men and women is more than unjust. It is also economically harmful.
Why We Must Break the Male Cartel in the Work Place
In the Financial Times on April 23, 2008.
The European Union should follow the example set by Norway and Spain and introduce European legislation for gender balance on company boards, at universities and in government. It is the best way to end the culture of gender bias and stereotyping that is still prevalent in many companies and institutions. Isn’t it time we reaped all the fruits that women have to offer?
Does Legalizing Prostitution Work?
By Project Syndicate on January 23, 2009.
Prostitution is virtually the only part of the personal services industry in the Netherlands that works. One can’t get a manicure in Amsterdam without booking an appointment two weeks in advance, but men can buy sex anytime – and at an attractive price.
Going Dutch? Not So Fast! (extended version)
In NRC Handelsblad on May 10, 2009.
Heleen Mees begs to disagree with Russell Shorto's raving article in The New York Times about the benefits of living in the Dutch welfare state.
Going Dutch? Not So Fast!
In The New York Times on May 24, 2009.
In his essay “Warming to the European way” (May 2), Russell Shorto sounds the praises of the Dutch welfare state. However, the Dutch welfare state isn’t as beneficial to low-skilled immigrants as it is to high-skilled workers like Mr. Shorto. In fact, it has suffocated the large group of non-Western immigrants who came to the Netherlands over the past decades to seek their fortune.
Don't Blame the Euro
By EuroIntelligence on June 10, 2010.
With all the turbulence rocking the financial markets and the sharp drop in the euro’s exchange rate, you could almost forget that the single European currency has been quite a success.
Germany is not China
By Project Syndicate on August 16, 2010.
There is little dispute that global imbalances in trade and capital flows are at least partly to blame for the financial crisis and ensuing recession that have rocked the world economy since 2008. But not all imbalances are created equal, so it is important to weigh the consequences of individual countries’ external accounts for global economic stability and prosperity.
The False Panacea of Labor Market Flexibility
By Project Syndicate, March 22, 2011.
We now know that labor-market deregulation does not ensure economic resilience and rapid job creation. On the contrary, the best solution is probably a diversity of labor contracts. A certain amount of labor-market rigidity may make economic sense for jobs that require firm-specific skills and training, alongside greater flexibility for jobs that require fewer skills.
Beware of Runaway Headline Inflation
In VoxEU on May 3, 2011.
The latest figures from the US show that the consumer price index rose 0.5% in March, whilst the core personal consumption expenditure price index rose only 0.1%. This column explains the roles of these competing measures and argues that US monetary policymakers should pay close attention to headline inflation. It warns that neglecting headline inflation risks feverish boom-and-bust cycles with prolonged periods of high unemployment.
U.S. Monetary Policy and the Saving Glut
In VoxEU on March 24, 2011.
Is U.S. easy monetary policy in the early 2000s to blame for the global saving glut? This column argues that the Federal Reserve’s policy triggered the refinancing boom and ensuing spending spree, which spurred economic growth and savings in China. The prolonged decline in long-term interest rates in the mid-2000s is largely to blame for the housing boom in the United States.
Lost in Transmission
In VoxEU on June 21, 2011
With the US economy still faltering, some are suggesting it may be time for a third round of quantitative easing. This column explores the transmission mechanism of monetary policy and how it has broken down in recent years. It argues that, in this climate, the Fed would be wise to avoid another bond-buying programme.
The Global Saving Glut Will Hold Bond Yields Down
In VoxEU on August 8, 2011.
As fears mount of another phase in the global crisis, this column points out that despite the growing uncertainty, US Treasury and German Bund yields have actually declined in recent weeks. The reason, it argues, is the global saving glut theory.
Real Money in China, Money Illusion in America
In VoxEU on November 20, 2011.
Are the Chinese prone to money illusion? This column uses a unique Chinese dataset and finds that, unlike their American counterparts, Chinese people are more likely to base decisions on the real value and not be fooled by inflation.
The Perils of Loose Living
Foreign Policy, October 11, 2011.
For decades, Americans have looked to monetary policy as an engine of economic growth -- and suffered the dire consequences.
How China's Boom Caused the Financial Crisis
Foreign Policy, January 17, 2012.
The immediate cause of the housing bubbles in the United States and the eurozone periphery was not regulatory oversight failure, but the precipitous drop in interest rates in the early 2000s. Without China's rise, China and other emerging economies' savings would not have depressed long-term interest rates worldwide.
The Zero Man
Foreign Policy, April 3, 2012.
Although Alan Greenspan has taken the fall for the 2008 financial crisis, Bernanke was the ideologue who provided the intellectual backing for the aggressive rate cuts in the early 2000s that set us up for the Great Recession.
Only Germany Can Save Europe
Foreign Policy, April 24, 2012
Through innovation, moderation, and sheer hard work, Germany turned itself from the sick man of Europe at the end of the 1990s into one of the few Western economies that seems truly globalization-proof. Now Berlin has an opportunity to use its newfound economic leadership to rescue its neighbors from the worst of the euro crisis.
Foreign Policy on June 12, 2012.
Yes, Jamie Dimon should lose his seat on the New York Fed board. But why stop there when America's financial regulation is such a mess?
No More Part-Time Feminism
About women, ambition and career
More than half a century after the publication of Simone de Beauvoirs feminist handbook, women in the Netherlands is still the second sex. Along with Pakistan, the country where gang rape to this day is seen as an acceptable punishment for a woman who is accused of adultery, occupied Netherlands the last place on an international ranking when it comes to women in the top of the business.
According Heleen Mees, including a much-discussed columnist for NRC Handelsblad, the Dutch earner model a treacherous mixture of traditional gender roles laced with a touch of feminism. Women who drink the cup is handed to the bottom blank. In her columns Mees kicks against sacred cows like fertility, lactation and the old boys' network. Not only must men in the eyes of Mees bit more care to take, should also view real women get top jobs. Stop household.
Women on top!
Down with feminism in time! the most urgent of Mees' columns about women, ambition and work together. The book sheds new light on the ruthless ostensibly completed the emancipation of women, which the author does not hesitate to hit us over the head with confrontational facts and statistics. We're not there yet! An eye-opener for women and men.
"Women aged 20 to 30 occurred en masse to join the labor market, throw themselves wholeheartedly to their work, then - once they become pregnant - their economic independence indiscriminately to give up."
"It earner model is a myth: in reality the woman is not wearing more than one fifth of the household income."
"Men can also develop maternal instinct, as they have the opportunity to care for their child."
Between Greed and Desire - The World between Wall Street and Main Street
Two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Western world is hit by the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Nothing is left of the triumphalism that was so dominant in the West. The crisis will have profound consequences not only when it comes to the value of the assets of individuals and corporations, but also for the balance of global power.
Between Greed and Desire is a selection of columnist Heleen Mees’ work. With her sharp pen she warns of the emergence of authoritarian regimes like China and Russia and the role that excessive executive remuneration plays in the emergence of speculative bubbles in financial markets. Mees calls for the European welfare state to be transformed into an opportunity-based society similar to that of New York.