Empirical Corporate Finance June 2017

Time and place: Tentatively June 2017, Aalto University School of Business. The final dates will be announced later on.

Learning goals: This course offers a doctoral level introduction to Empirical Corporate Finance and aims to prepare doctoral students to do research on their own in this field. The course is organized around published and working papers in the filed with an emphasis on econometric methods. Rather than providing an exhaustive overview of the field, the course focuses in depth on selected topics to illustrate different empirical approaches to the same of related questions. For instance using papers on ownership concentration and corporate governance, the course will highlight the following empirical themes: endogeneity, difference in difference estimators and event studies.

Instruction and examination: Instructor Renée Adams (University of New South Wales) http://www.asb.unsw.edu.au/schools/Pages/ReneeAdams.aspx

Credits: 6 ECTS

Grading: Written exam, term paper and empirical exercises will comprise the final grade. Grading will be on the scale of 0-5.

Target audience: Doctoral students in Finance and related disciplines.

Prerequisites: The course requires a good knowledge of the 1st year Ph.D. courses in econometrics as well as some basic knowledge of corporate finance.

Admittance: 25 students. Finance PhD students have priority, but the course is also open for KATAJA-, FDPE-, and foreign doctoral students given that there is space in the course. Applications are sent directly to gsf@aalto.fi and application deadline will be announced later on in the course web pages: http://gsf.aalto.fi/ecf.html The acceptances will be announced shortly after the registration deadline.

Course coordinator: Milja Koski, gsf@aalto.fi, 040 353 8061. Application instructions on course web pages: http://gsf.aalto.fi/ecf.html