"I really enjoy the multinational working and research environment with highly qualified and open-minded fellow students from all over the world." Behnaz Gholami, CDSB

Verena Katharina Dutt


Verena Katharina Dutt was born in Germany in 1992. She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim. In 2012, she spent one semester at Durham University, Great Britain. During her master studies, Verena specialized in Business Taxation and Tax Law. In her master thesis she explored the nature and relevance of Advanced Pricing Agreements. Verena gained experience in research as a student research assistant at the Centre for European Economic Research. She also acquired practical experience in the fields of Accounting, Controlling and Taxation through various internships. In September 2015, she was admitted to the Taxation Track of the Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB) at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS). She joined ZEW’s Research Department "Corporate Taxation and Public Finance" in October 2016.

Research interests:

Profit Shifting

Tax Transparency

Why I chose the University of Mannheim:

One of the main reasons was the good reputation of the University of Mannheim and its excellence in business research. The close cooperation with the Center for European Economic Research provides a great working environment and a valuable basis for getting in touch with other researchers from a large field of disciplines.

The best part of being a doctoral student here:

The good working atmosphere between students and professors as well as being part of an international and inter-disciplinary network of researchers.

A description of my fellow students:

Ambitious, highly motivated and cooperative.

My most challenging experience within the program:

The intense and demanding course program in the first semester.

My advice for prospective students:

Talk to your fellow students and exchange your ideas. This will not only help you to manage the tough course program, but it will also enable you to gain new insights and to see things from a different perspective.

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