Netherlands Court of Audit presents Thesis Prize

Kim van Berkel (Erasmus University Rotterdam) has won the Netherlands Court of Audit’s 2024 Thesis Prize for her thesis on social assistance in the Netherlands. The thesis stood out for its important contribution to understanding the effects of earnings exemptions on employment rates among recipients of social assistance.

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Board member Barbara Joziasse awards the Court of Audit's Thesis Prize for 2024 to Kim van Berkel (on the screen). On the left, third prize winner Frank Schuiten and on the right runner up Max ten Velde.

Van Berkel’s master’s thesis is entitled ‘Incentivizing social assistance recipients: quasi-experimental evidence from trials with earnings exemptions in the Netherlands’. The Rotterdam student received the prize from the Court of Audit’s Board member Barbara Joziasse on 29 February 2024. Second prize was awarded to Max ten Velde (Leiden University) for research into why people do not apply for welfare benefits, and the third prize was won by Frank Schuiten (Erasmus University Rotterdam) for his study of modern auditing techniques.
The Court of Audit recognises the importance of close ties with universities and students. The Thesis Prize is one of its initiatives to strengthen cooperation with academic knowledge institutions and students.

For more information on the Thesis Prize, see: The Netherlands Court of Audit Thesis Prize