Like previous years the top Master's thesis of U.S.E. was recognised with the U.S.E. Master's Thesis Award. The winner of the award of 2017-2018 is Justus van Kesteren with the topic
‘Is flexibilisation the answer to the slow wage-growth puzzle?: A cross-country panel analysis on the role of flexible employment in explaining the slowdown in aggregated wage growth’, supervised by Thomas van Huizen and Loek Groot.
Besides Justus, graduate of the Economic Policy master, five other students wrote a winning thesis for their master:
- Sarka Rieger (International Management)
Intermediate Headquarters alias Dual Agents: Investor Reactions to Establishment of New Intermediate Headquarters
- Iryna Okolelova (Banking and Finance)
The Single Supervisory Mechanism: competitive implications for the banking sectors in the Eurozone
- Vladimir Danila (Financial Management)
Market Response to Environmental Misconduct and the Role of Social Media and Media Coverage in it
- Barbara Marques (Business Development and Entrepreneurship)
Do Global Value Chains Need Blockchain? An explorative study of blockchain technology as a means to increase transparency in global value chains and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers
- Marcus Rösch (Law and Economics MSc)
Exam Cheating, Personal Factors and Enforcement Strategies: The Influence of Academic Motivation and Neutralizing Attitudes on the Effectiveness of Different Enforcement Strategies
All six winning theses focus on societal challenges, rooted in well-developed theoretical settings in combination with sound empirical testing. In spite of the high overall quality the jury was unanimous in its choice of the best overall thesis.
Justus van Kesteren was awarded with a certificate and cash prize during the Master’s Graduation ceremony on 18 October.