Level of Study
Objectives and Content
This course gives an introduction to key concepts and empirics in corporate finance. Some of the topics that will be covered are:
- Basic financial concepts such as: present value, the opportunity cost of capital, investment decisions, risk and return and market efficiency.
- The impact of corporate financing, including payout policy, on investment decisions and firm value.
- Agency conflicts between shareholders, managers and debtholders.
- Executive compensation and other systems designed to reduce the extent of agency conflicts.
- Information asymmetries between managers and shareholders, and their impact on corporate financing and investment policies.
- Raising capital
- The implications of behavioural finance for corporate behaviour.
- Market efficiency and event study methodology
- Valuation of stocks
- Rationales for and implications of merger and acquisition activity
A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- can explain basic financial concepts such as: present value, the opportunity cost of capital, investment decisions, risk and return and market efficiency.
- understands the impact of corporate financing on investment decisions and firm value.
- can explain option theory and valuation.
- understands the functioning of bond markets and the valuation of bonds.
- understands theories and evidence on executive compensation.
- understands information asymmetries between managers and shareholders and their impact on corporate financing and investment policies.
- understands the implications of behavioral finance for corporate behavior.
- can explain rationales for and implications of merger and acquisition.
- can apply real options theory to investment decisions.
- can identify agency conflicts between shareholders, managers and debtholders.
- can explain corporate governance systems designed to reduce the extent of these agency conflicts.
Access to the Course
Maste`s Programme in Economics, Professional Studies in Economics, or equivalent.
Teaching and learning methods
3 hours per week, over 12 weeks. 36 hours in total.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
One term paper (pass/fail).
Compulsory assignments that are not accepted on the first try, may be handed in a second time. To be able to get this opportunity, the student must have made a sincere effort the first time around; that is, the student must have tried to answer most of the assignment.
Approved compulsory requirements do not have time limits.
Forms of Assessment
Written exam (4 hours)
Examination Support Material
Mathematical Formula Collection of K Sydsæter, A. Strøm and P. Berck or Mathematical Formulas for Economists of B Luderer, V. Nollau and K. Vetters and calculator. The following simple, non-programmable calculators without graphical display are allowed to be used for written tests:
All models of the type:
- Casio FX-82, Casio FX-82ES PLUS or Casio FX-82EX
- Hewlett-Packard HP30
- Texas Instruments TI-30
The Department of Economics can conduct a sample of aids in the examination room.
Assessment in teaching semester. New exam the following semester only for students who have a valid document of absence.
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Department of Economics