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Financial Economics

  • 7.5 credits

The course focus on asset pricing and investment management.

The course consists of both a theoretical and an empirical part, which is why registration on the course Empirical Methods in Economics 2 is recommended. The theoretical part covers models for arbitrage, pricing of equities and bonds, optimal portfolio selection and macro-financial relations. The empirical part provides training in the economical estimation of certain models

  • Course structure

    This is a 7.5 credit course. One week of full-time studies equals 1.5 credits. 

    The language of instruction is English.

    Course material will be available through the learning platform Athena during the course.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures.

    Assessment

    The course is examined on the basis of a written examination. Through voluntary partial examination on the empirical parts of the course, students may gain “credits” on the examination that will be valid up until the next time the course is given.

    Examiner

    Autumn 2020:

    Rikard Forslid

    Course director

    Autumn 2020:

    Rikard Forslid

  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Zvi Bodie, Alex Kane & Alan J. Marcus, Investments, Global Edition, McGraw-Hill Education, latest edition.

  • More information

    Our recommendation is that you alternate semesters in economics with semesters in other main areas. That way, you will already know if you are eligible when you are applying.


    We recommend the following course of study:


    First semester of economics:
    Economics I, 30 credits


    Second semester of economics:
    Intermediate Microeconomics, 7.5 credits
    Intermediate Macroeconomics, 7.5 credits
    Empirical Methods in Economics I, 1 7.5 credits
    One optional course in economics, 7.5 credits


    Third semester of economics:
    Bachelor's Thesis in Economics, 15 credits 
    Two optional course in economics, 7.5 credits each 


    Always check the prerequisites for the courses you wish to study and plan ahead.

  • Meet us

    Meet our teachers

    ”You learn to think like an Economist”

    Anna Seim is a researcher and teacher at the Department of Economics. She thinks that studying economics provides a general education that is useful in many different contexts.

    Anna Seim at Frescati. Photo: Tanja Appelberg

    Anna Seim is a researcher and teacher at the Department of Economics

     

    What is Economics?


    –    Economics is about understanding the economy of society at large and concepts such as unemployment, inflation, growth but also why firms and households act the way they do and how they respond to economic policy.

    –  The economy is a very complex system, and to understand it economists use simplified mathematical and statistical models and focus on what we believe is key to a certain question. Economics is therefore often perceived as technical, and it is to some extent, at least when you study at higher levels, but the use of models is also what enables us to address certain questions in a scientific way, instead of just guessing.   


    Why study Economics at Stockholm University?


    –    You learn to think like an Economist and obtain a general education in economics that is useful regardless of your future plans.

    –    I would say that the physical proximity to the Swedish central bank and other government agencies is unique to Stockholm and enables us to regularly organise guest lectures by, say, deputy governors of the Riksbank and former minsters of finance. We are also a highly international department and the opportunity to participate in visitors’ programmes, both as students and as researchers, implies that we are all part of a vivid and inspiring environment. 


    What type of job do students of economics typically obtain?


    –   Many of our former students start working at, for instance, government agencies, ministries, the Central bank and  the Competition Authority while others become employed in the private sector and start working at firms, banks or other financial institutions. There is a wide range of professions that you can pursue after studying economics. 

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