Research area

Finance Group

Delegates attending the Essex Finance Centre 2019 Conference pose in front of the Essex Business School Building.

Financial research making a difference to industry

We are one of the largest groups of finance researchers in the UK and our work isn’t just respected in academic circles. Work by our researchers has been discussed in the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve and is relevant to real peoples' lives.

Business is global and therefore finance is too. Members join our group from all over the world, including Greece, Italy, Spain, China, India and Mauritius and bring with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

We cover all this and more:

  • finance of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
  • commodity prices and their relation to food poverty
  • bank risk and regulation
  • foreign bank ownership
  • bank mergers
  • acquisitions and financial econometrics

Our research at a glance

Feeding the world

Professor Neil Kellard, Acting Dean of Essex Business School and member of the Finance Group, carries out research which supports developing countries through forecasting commodity prices. By modelling the effects of different causes, such as natural disasters, his research helps to find solutions to ease the impact of price changes for commodities such as energy and food.

Watch Neil discuss his research:

Helping small businesses grow

Professor Jerry Coakley teaches and researches finance as part of the group. His research is bang on trend as he studies the rise in crowdfunding and its impact on the way new and fledgling SMEs finance themselves. Many entrepreneurs may find the big banks turn them away or simply charge too much, leading them to turn to the public to help them crowdfund their way to business success.

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Who uses cash these days?

Dr Thanos Verousis, Associate Professor in Finance at Essex Business School, is working with a colleague at Newcastle University Business School to investigate the use of cash in modern society. In the 10 years to 2016, cash transactions fell by 35% and are predicted to fall by a further 40% to 2026, and the study aims to understand the reasons behind this change in behaviour. Their research is crucial given the recent controversy over access to free and/or paid for ATMs in rural areas, the closure of bank branches and the availability of services at the Post Office.

 

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Finance

Christos Argyropoulos
Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Sam Astill
Senior Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Time Series Econometrics; Financial Econometrics.; Theoretical Econometrics
Konstantinos Baltas
Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Financial Economics; Applied Econometrics; Financial Intermediation; Empirical Finance; Banking; Banking; Financial Stability
Chiara Banti
Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Research interests: International finance; Market microstructure
Theodora Bermpei
Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Financial regulation and bank risk/performance; Bank lending channels and monetary policy; Loan contract terms; bank corporate governance
Udichibarna Bose
Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Corporate Finance; Financial Economics; Emerging Markets Finance
Jerry Coakley
Professor, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Entrepreneurial finance in the UK; Corporate finance; Behavioural finance; International finance
Stefano Filomeni
Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Franco Fiordelisi
Professor, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Financial Risk Management; Banking Regulation and Supervision; Structure and performance in banking; Bank Corporate Governance; Bank risk culture
Claudia Girardone
Professor, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Modelling efficiency and productivity of financial institutions; Integration in banking and financial markets; SMEs finance and financial inclusion; Competition issues in banking; Bank corporate governance
Mark Hallam
Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Financial and time series econometrics; systemic risk and market spillovers; macro-financial linkages; forecasting of return and volatility processes
Norvald Instefjord
Reader (R), EBS - Finance
Research interests: Corporate finance; banking and regulation; financial markets and market microstructure
Sotirios Kokas
Reader, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Financial Networks; Syndicated Loan Market and Relationship Lending; Financial Regulation, Supervision and Architecture; Bank Competition and Financial Stability; Foreign Bank Ownership
Alexandros Kontonikas
Professor, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Asset pricing; Monetary policy; Sovereign risk
Yiwei Li
Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Ming-Tsung Lin
Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Jose Linares Zegarra
Senior Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Payments Economics; Consumer and household finance; Banking; SMEs finance; Microfinance and financial inclusion; Fintech
Vivek Nawosah
Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Asset Pricing; Behavioural Finance; Macro-Finance
Ekaterini Panopoulou
Professor, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Financial Econometrics; Financial Forecasting; International Finance; Alternative Investments
Simon Price
Professor, EBS - Finance
Research interests: forecasting methods; forecasting in the presence of structural change; density forecasts; long-horizon predictability; drivers of commodity prices; empirical macroeconomics; applications to dynamic 'macro' panel datasets;
Emmanouil Pyrgiotakis
Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Anna Sarkisyan
Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Securitisation; Empirical Banking; Corporate Governance; Financial Inclusion
Liya Shen
Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Option pricing; Application of wavelet method; Derivative securities
Lazaros Symeonidis
Senior Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Financial Econometrics; Forecasting; Empirical Asset Pricing; Commodities
Robert Taylor
Professor, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Time series econometrics; financial econometrics; non-stationary time series analysis
Hardy Thomas
Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Corporate control, governance systems & political economy of risk; Valuation of assets; Real option portfolios and investment appraisal; Investment cash flow sensitivities and frictions in credit channels; Market microstructure and high frequency trading behaviours
Athanasios Triantafyllou
Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Thanos Verousis
Senior Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Equity options; Market microstructure; Empirical behavioral finance; Exchange market structures
Luiz Vitiello
Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Options and derivatives pricing; Asset pricing; Application of generalised/high moment distributions to option/asset pricing
Nikolaos Vlastakis
Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Financial Econometrics; Volatility Modelling; Information Markets
Senyu Wang
Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Capital Structure; Bank Risk Management
Cheng Yan
Senior Lecturer, EBS - Finance
Research interests: Empirical Asset Pricing, International Finance, Mutual Funds
Yuqian Zhao
Lecturer, EBS - Finance