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Peter Kerkers

Peter Kerkers has finished his bachelor Economie en Bedrijfseconomie and his Master Finance. Furthermore, he is the chairman of Asset | Economics 2018-2019.


Life as chairman of Asset | Economics


Often, I got questions like: ‘What is it like to be the chairman of Asset | Economics?’ or ‘What does the chairman of Asset | Economics do on a daily base?’. In this article, I will give you more insight in what it is like to be the chairman of Asset | Economics. I will briefly introduce myself before moving on. My name is Peter, I’m 24 years old and already active at Asset | Economics for 4 years now. I have obtained a bachelor degree in Economics and Business Economics, and a master degree in Finance. I have always looked for opportunities to develop myself besides my studies, and that is one of the reasons I have chosen to do a board year. While reading this article, you hopefully get some more insight in what a board year, and especially the position as chairman, brings for me.

“Being part of two boards at the same time can be complicated sometimes, but above all it gives various opportunities to excel and it is lots of fun!”

Let’s start with asking the honest question to yourself: Do you know what the chairman of Asset | Economics or a chairman of a study association in general does on a daily base? I guess most of you do answer this question with a solid ‘no’. I have to admit, before this year I also did not have an exact idea of what it would be like. First of all, it is good to know that the chairman of an Asset department does approximately devotes half of his or her time to tasks for Asset general. For this reason I would like to take you with me in my experiences as chairman of Asset | Economics at one side, and board member of Asset general at the other side. Being part of two boards at the same time can be complicated sometimes, but above all it gives various opportunities to excel and it is lots of fun! 


TTIP, a non-economic trade agreement

In 2013, EU governments gave the European Commission a mandate to negotiate about TTIP, a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the United States and the European Union. When starting, the two parties thought the negotiations would progress quickly. Now, three years later, the negotiation process seems to become long-lasting. Besides the European Commission, the European Parliament, business and trade unions, consumer-, health- and other public interest groups and the general public at least think they have something to say about TTIP. The negotiations turned out to be much more than just negotiations about economic terms. What are the different aspects of TTIP for our European Union?


Autism: a disorder or a valuable resource?

We have all heard about it and there is a very good chance that you know someone who actually has it: Autism. More and more research is done on this group of complex disorders of brain development. But what are the actual societal costs for these disorders? Or better, what are the possible benefits that autism could have for our society?


Running for media attention

Most popular news item on Dutch television these weeks are the elections in the United States, where several candidates fight for the presidential nomination of the Republican- and Democratic Party. All right, the United States is a big country and it is one of the big trading partners of the Netherlands, but why so much attention for the elections in the United States and not for the state elections in Germany, our major trading partner?


From cycling to money: Tour de France in Utrecht

Sounds good, hosting the start of the Tour de France, the biggest sport event in the world that is yearly organized. That is what Utrecht should have thought several years ago. The atmosphere, the city and country in the spotlights, nice events besides it and of course the best cyclists in the world coming to Utrecht are among the benefits of hosting this event. But what is the economic value of such an event?