The Dutch Deal with Starbucks

The European commission blamed the Dutch tax officials for giving illegal tax benefit deals to Starbucks. These tax benefits can be seen as a state aid to Starbucks and it is forbidden by law to subsidize corporations. Starbucks Corp should pay the Dutch government 25 million euros in back taxes. The Netherlands is not going to receive a fine, however the European Antitrust commissioner Margrethe Vestager said that the country should feel ashamed.


Behavioral Economics: why is this a relevant economic subject? – an interview with prof. dr. Potters

As of this year, the master Economics has a changed curriculum. All students in the master will be trained with several methods skills that can be used in scientific research; during their master thesis. Moreover, these students will follow seminars about pension, financial economics, competition & regulation, sustainability & growth, public policies or behavioral economics. Behavioral Economics is a new track in the master economics. As of the academic year 2015-2016 students can choose to include psychological factors in existing economic theories. However, Behavioral Economics is not new to Tilburg University. For years, several professors have been doing research regarding Behavioral Economics and experimental economics.

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Working at Rembrandt

As a student you are busy preparing yourself for a future career. During the years spent at university a lot of things have to be done for this. Obviously, students need to get their degree, should orientate on companies that suit their interests, develop as much skills as possible and at the same time enjoy life as a student. In this article you can read how to prepare for a career at Rembrandt Fusies & Overnames. If you are interested in working at that company, please continue reading.


An interview with Tim Vodegel, trainee at the ECB

On yearly basis hundreds of students in several bachelors and masters graduate at Tilburg University. Many of them end up working at one of the multinationals located in the Netherlands, like Philips and EY. Last summer Tim Vodegel graduated as well and completed his master in Economics, but this 22 years old student followed a totally different career path. As of September 2015 he works as a trainee for the monetary heart of Europe, the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt. In an interview with ‘Off the Charts’ this former Dutch student tells us something about his experiences as a trainee at the ECB and how this differs from working in the Netherlands.


Working at Priogen: what is it like?

During the last edition of the Inside the Business Day, organized by Asset | Economics, one of the attending companies was Priogen, an energy trading company that is located in Amsterdam. Since 2009, Priogen trades in European electricity and natural gas. Besides that, it is active in sourcing and optimizing. We spoke with one of its employees that presented the case, Anna-Maria Zografou, who is an alumna at Tilburg University after obtaining her Master’s degree in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science.

A Closer Look at the Nobel Prize

As of 1901, 791 men, 44 women and 21 organizations have been honoured with one of the most prestigious prizes in science; the Nobel Prize. Either in the category physics, economics, physiology or medicine, chemistry, literature or peace. This month the new laureates have been announced; a reason for “Off the Charts” to give you some in depth information about the prize.

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A talk with Ronald van Hees – Finance Director at CZ

During the Inside the Business Day almost three weeks ago, Off the Charts obviously did not only participate in the cases. We were curious about the participating companies and their employees. Therefore we took our chances during this day to get some interesting inside information about the cases, the employees and the job opportunities. This article will cover the conversation with Ronald van Hees, Finance director at CZ. CZ is one of the four biggest Dutch health insurers and has a large office in Tilburg.

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Will the Bank of England abolish cash?

The Bank of England’s chief economist, Andy Haldane, has recently proposed a radical measure with the intent to avoid another recession in the United Kingdom. Mr. Haldane aims to ban the use of cash altogether and fully switch to digital money. However, is it possible to demolish a system that has been used for ages? For many, this policy proposal might be seen as taking a step too far, while others see it as a way to further improve our financial system.