We foster internationally renowned and high-quality academic research.
We encourage teaching excellence and innovation in the areas of finance and banking. Our members include the 27 colleagues from the Essex Business School finance faculty, as well as visiting research fellows from universities across the world.
We work with leading financial services firms – such as Invesco Perpetual and HSBC – and collaborate with public sector organisations, governments and policy institutions, including the Bank of England. Many of our members are actively involved in the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, which aims to become a national centre of expertise for data users across academia and industry.
Our research reflects many common issues spanning the following themes:
asset pricing, including: non-risk based factor models; puzzles such as the value premium; cojump identification and testing
banking, including: performance and regulation; bank management; securitisation and theory of financial intermediation
behavioural finance, such as: expectations formation; the role emotions play in trading and the effect overconfidence
commodity markets, including: financialisation of commodities; the relationship between commodities and poverty, growth and development
corporate finance, focusing on capital structure theories, corporate disclosure policies and behavioural corporate finance
financing of SMEs, such as crowdfunding and credit scoring models
international finance, including: determinants of exchange rates; Central Bank announcements and the high frequency effects of news
portfolio and risk management, including: asset and liability management; portfolio construction and optimisation; bank risk management using computational methods and Value-at-Risk models
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Read our latest finance research papers in the Essex Research Repository. Explore our publications and see the wide variety of fields we work in, from accounting, finance, management and entrepreneurship to broader societal issues.