Young scientist wins award for platform to investigate corporate tax avoidance

12 Oct 2017 - 2 min

Frank Takes (31) from the University of Amsterdam has won the Young eScientist Award 2017. The prize aims to stimulate a young scientist demonstrating excellence in eScience: the development or application of digital technology to address scientific challenges. The prize will be used to undertake a joint research project, in which Takes will receive support by eScience Research Engineers (experts in the development and application of research software).

Investigating tax havens

Takes’ research focuses on corporate tax avoidance via offshore finance. This has been a hot topic in recent years, especially with large companies moving offshore from their ‘home’ nation for the purpose of tax avoidance. Together with the eScience Center, Takes’ wants to develop an interactive web-based platform to investigate the dynamics of this global network of offshore finance.

The platform, aimed at a non-technical audience, should serve both as a data hub and a yearly updated index of tax havens, and visualize value flows between hundreds of countries. This will enable researchers, journalists and policy makers to directly gain insight in the evolution of corporate tax avoidance across the globe – a topic with great relevance to society.

About the Netherlands eScience Center

For scientific researchers wanting to take full advantage of ever growing amounts of data and increasingly powerful digital technology, research software is essential. The Netherlands eScience Center is the Dutch national center of excellence for the development and application of research software.The eScience Center is a joint initiative of the Dutch national research council (NWO) and the Dutch organization for ICT in education and research (SURF).

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