Finance: First Year Courses

Note: The details of the course offerings will differ somewhat from year to year, depending on the faculty member teaching the course in question. The following list summarizes typical first-year course contents. For more details on these courses in any given year as well as the field courses, it is best to consult the course syllabi typically retrievable on individual faculty members’ websites.

Pre-semester:
Finance: mean-variance portfolio selection, CAPM, APT, derivatives, interest rates, overview of asset pricing field
Mathematics and Statistics: real analysis, advanced calculus, linear algebra, static optimization, probability theory, estimation and hypothesis testing, linear regression model.
Wintersemester
Advanced Econometrics 1: fundamentals of linear regression (OLS, SUR, 2SLS, 3SLS, GMM, QML), cross-section regression models with limited dependent variables, static panel data models.
Advanced Financial Economics 1: corporate finance, credit constraints, moral hazard, adverse selection, asymmetric information, Diamond/Dybvig model, market for corporate control.
Mathematical Methods: probability theory, measure theory, stochastic processes, topology, difference and differential equations, dynamic optimization, numerical methods.
Advanced Macroeconomic Theory 1: dynamic optimization in models with representative and with heterogeneous agents, consumption, investment, saving and financial markets.  or
Advanced Microeconomic Theory 1: theory of the household, theory of the firm, decisions under uncertainty, market equilibrium, static and dynamic games under alternative information structures.
Sommersemester
Advanced Econometrics 2: integration and cointegration, single and multiple equation time-series models (ARMA, ARDL, VAR, VECM), spectral analysis, conditional heteroskedasticity.
Advanced Financial Economics 2: basic equilibrium asset pricing, models with heterogeneous agents or non-standard preferences, introduction to stochastic calculus and continuous-time modeling, option pricing, asset allocation, equilibrium asset pricing in continuous time, asset pricing in production economy models.
Historical and Normative Foundations: history of economic thought (illustrated in the context of modeling economic growth and/or the modeling of financial crises), normative foundations.
Advanced Macroeconomic Theory 2: structure of DSGE models, monopolistic competition and pricing, strategic complementarities, optimal monetary and fiscal policy, learning. or
Advanced Microeconomic Theory 2: contract theory (moral hazard, adverse selection, mechanism design, incomplete contracts), general equilibrium theory, welfare economics, externalities.
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