Topics in Empirical Banking

Time: 31.08. – 04.09. 2015

Place: Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki

Learning goal and objectives: The objective of this doctoral course is to introduce PhD students to the scientific literature on the methodological aspects in empirical banking. To accomplish this objective, the course is divided in two parts. The course introduces relevant research methodologies used in empirical banking, with a special emphasis on intertemporal (e.g., duration analysis and event study) and cross-sectional methods (e.g., matching), and considers some relevant applications.

Instruction and examination: to be announced

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.

Prerequisites: To be announced

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 pages: . The acceptances will be announced shortly after the registration deadline.

Instructors: Professor Steven Ongena (University of Zurich and the Swiss Finance Institute )

Course coordinator and contact information: Milja Koski,, 0403538061, Application instructions on course web pages: