Investor Attention and Financial Markets

Time & place: 12th August -16th August 2019, Helsinki, Aalto University School of Business

Learning goal and objectives

This course offers a doctoral level introduction to “Investor Attention and Financial Markets” by providing an overview of cutting-edge research on the effects of investor attention on investment and corporate decisions, valuations, as well as stock returns. There will be a special focus on disentangling the effects of attention from retail vs. institutional investors. The course aims to inspire and support students in developing research ideas and doing research of their own in this field. The more detailed information on the course content will be provided closer to the start of the course.

Instruction and examination: Professor Zhi Da (Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame)

Credits: 6 ECTS

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

Prerequisites: TBA

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 and application deadline will be announced later on in the course web page: The acceptances will be announced shortly after the registration deadline.

Instructors: Professor Zhi Da (Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame)

Course coordinator and contact information: Reetta Ali-Alha,, 040 353 8061. Application instructions on the course web page: