On Wednesday 25 January 2017 Esmeralda Vergeer will defend her doctoral thesis Regeldruk vanuit een ander perspectief (Regulatory burden from a different perspective). The supervisor of the research is Professor W.J.M. Voermans.
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In her doctoral thesis, Esmeralda Vergeer investigates the phenomenon of regulatory burden. She charts how the approach to regulatory burden by authorities in the Netherlands has developed throughout the years, and also looks at the scientific approach to regulatory burden. Various definitions for regulatory burden are given, though none of the definitions remains undisputed. Vergeer focusses on entrepreneurs and observes that they have assigned their own, totally new definition to regulatory burden. They distinguish three factors which influence how regulatory burden is experienced: cost, feasibility and perceived benefit. The research offers new insights into how a perceivable reduction in regulatory burden can be achieved for entrepreneurs.