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Seminar Empirical Finance

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In this empirical seminar, you will gather data-driven evidence on current trends and issues in the field of empirical finance. Upon successful completion of this seminar, you will have acquired a number of valuable competencies. You will be able to research the literature, structure the collected information efficiently, and apply this knowledge to a specific problem. Moreover, you will have gathered hands-on experience in the handling, describing, and analyzing of a real-world dataset. While this course provides you with an optimal preparation for your empirical Master’s thesis at the Behavioral Finance Research Group, its take-aways do continue to be relevant beyond university: knowing how to translate data into information is a much sought-after skillset for a wide range of job profiles in the finance sector and elsewhere. Last but not least, you will hone your presentation and discussion skills when sharing the results of your empirical analysis with your fellow students. Most importantly, however, you will feel the sensation of working on something original – none of the research questions investigated in this seminar has been addressed before and it is you who will first come up with well-researched answers!

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Type Seminar (6 ECTS)
Lecture Prof. Dr. Stolper
Term Summer term
Examination Term Paper + Presentation
Language Englisch/ German


In the summer term 2024 the master's seminar Empirical Finance of the Research Group Behavioral Finance will deal with the topic "Dear Germans, how are you doing financially?
Insights from the Panel on Household Finances". Further details on the module can be found here.
Admission procedure

Dear students,

Please note that this module has a participation restriction and an application is required for participation.
Please submit your CV and your transcript of records to us in the period from 06.03.2024-05.04.2024.
Please send your documents to
After reviewing the documents, you will receive an acceptance or rejection immediately.
Further communication and the provision of content/documents will take place as usual via ILIAS.

We look forward to receiving your application!