FSA Research Project 2020
Research Project: for businesses
The FSA Research Project is an excellent opportunity to provide answers to your business questions. We deliver tailor made professional consultancy services and research reports for companies with international aspirations. As the FSA operates on a non-profit basis, company specific research can be conducted at a competitive price. The quality is guaranteed careful selection of the researchers, by years of experience, seminars and language courses from knowledgeable experts. Above all this, we are guided by top strategy consulting firms and the best professors that the city of Amsterdam has to offer.
Financial Study association Amsterdam
The Financial Study association Amsterdam (FSA) is connected to the University of Amsterdam and VU University. The FSA is the largest association for financial and economic oriented students in the Netherlands, counting over 4500 members. The FSA serves as intermediary between students and companies by organizing 21 different projects in the areas of finance, business, accountancy, consultancy and economics. For more information please visit: www.fsa.nl
Services we can offer you
The aim of the FSA Research Project is to provide consultancy services to multinational corporations with a team of student consultants. Each year a team of 18 students is carefully selected to participate in the project. The team will be dedicated to the acquisition and completion of nine different assignments. During the whole process the students will be trained by a number of leading companies to improve their skills and knowledge relevant to the project.
Each year the research project involves a rapidly developing country in order to explore investment opportunities for companies with international aspirations. The 2020 destination for the Research Project is: Chile.
Chile has a market-oriented economy characterized by a high level of foreign trade and a reputation for strong financial institutions and solid policy that have given it the strongest sovereign bond rating in South America. Exports of goods and services account for approximately one-third of GDP, with commodities making up some 60% of total exports. Copper is Chile’s top export and provides 20% of government revenue.
From 2003 through 2013, real growth averaged almost 5% per year, despite a slight contraction in 2009 that resulted from the global financial crisis. Because of a continued drop in copper prices, growth slowed with 1.4%.
Chile deepened its longstanding commitment to trade liberalization with the signing of a free trade agreement with the US, effective 1 January 2004. Chile has 22 trade agreements covering 60 countries including agreements with the EU, Mercosur, China, India, South Korea, and Mexico. In May 2010, Chile signed the OECD Convention, becoming the first South American country to join the OECD. In October 2015, Chile signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
Solid economic policies, maintained consistently since the 1980s, have contributed to steady growth, reduced poverty rates, and have helped secure the country’s commitment to a democratic and representative government. Chile has increasingly assumed regional and international leadership roles fitting its status as a stable, democratic nation. Exports account for more than one-fourth of gross domestic product (GDP), with commodities making up some three-quarters of total exports. Over the last several years, Chile has signed free trade agreements (FTAs) with the European Union (EU), South Korea, China, and Japan, among other countries.
With 19 million inhabitants, a stable economy, and increasing growth potential, Chile is a promising country for the FSA Research Project 2020. It offers investors from the Netherlands various opportunities to expand their working activities in Chile.
In order to assure high quality research being conducted, the Research Project for years has had the ability to rely on the support of seasoned professionals from both the academic and professional field.
Drs. L.A. van Eerden
Assistant professor at the department of Finance at the VU
Prof. Dr. T.L.C.M. Groot
Professor of Management Accounting at the VU
Prof. Dr. Ir. H. Rijken
Professor of Corporate Finance at the department of Finance at the VU
Prof. Dr. S.J.G. van Wijnbergen
Professor at the section of Macro & International Economics at the UvA.
Prof. Dr. A.W.A. Boot
Professor of Corporate Finance and Financial Markets at the UvA
Prof. Dr. A. Lucas
Professor at the department of Finance at the VU