Financial economics is a fascinating topic where ideas from economics, mathematics and, most recently, psychology are combined to understand financial markets. This book gives a concise introduction into this field and includes for the first time recent results from behavioral finance that help to understand many puzzles in traditional finance. The book is tailor made for master and PhD students and includes tests and exercises that enable the students to keep track of their progress. Parts of the book can also be used on a bachelor level. Researchers will find it particularly useful as a source for recent results in behavioral finance and decision theory.
About the Author
Thorsten Hens is a Swiss Finance Institute Professor of Financial Economics at the University of Zurich. He studied in Bonn and Paris and previously held positions in Stanford and Bielefeld.
Marc Oliver Rieger is a Professor for Banking and Finance at the University of Trier. He studied in Constance and obtained his Ph.D. from the MPI in Leipzig. Previously he held senior researcher positions in Zürich at the ETH and the University, as well as in Carnegie Mellon, Pisa, Caltech, Bielefeld and Bonn.
Table of ContentsFoundations: Introduction.- Decision Theory.- Financial Markets: Two-Period Model: Mean-Variance Approach.- Two-Period Model: State-Preference Approach.- Multiple-Periods Model.- Advanced Topics: Theory of the Firm.- Information Asymmetries on Financial Markets.- Time-Continuous Model. Appendices: Mathematics.- Solutions to Tests.- Index.