RSM’s Mathijs van Dijk awarded NIAS fellowship

Mathijs van Dijk, Endowed Professor of Financial Markets at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) has been awarded a fellowship by the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS). During a 10-month period, Van Dijk will research the value of a financial system for society, building on previously done research at RSM.

People’s trust in the financial sector has fallen dramatically since the start of the financial crisis, as stories about losses, bankruptcies, bonuses and scandals dominated the financial news. Yet, the financial sector also fulfils several important functions for society. During his fellowship, RSM’s Professor Mathijs van Dijk will investigate whether the financial system indeed effectively fulfils these societal functions, and how the value of the financial sector for society can be optimized, for example through better regulation.

Prof. Van Dijk teaches about financial markets at RSM and Duisenberg School of Finance. He has been a Professor of Business Administration and Financial Markets, endowed by the Erasmus Trust Fund, since 1 July 2012. This chair was created to promote fundamental research into the organisation and functioning of today’s financial markets and systems.

Financial market research

The research Prof. Van Dijk conducted into the liquidity and price-formation process of financial markets and on the cost of capital for companies was published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Review of Finance, and in practitioner-oriented journals such as the Financial Analysts Journal. In 2008, Van Dijk received a Vidi grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to carry out a five-year research project into liquidity crises on international financial markets.

Mathijs van Dijk’s outstanding research at RSM was recognised by NIAS and he will be a Fellow in Residence at the institute from September 2015 until June 2016 to work on his project The Social Value of Finance. During this NIAS fellowship, Van Dijk will further build upon his research developed at RSM and collaborate with researchers from different disciplines to zoom in on the societal value of a financial system from a sociological, anthropological, and historical perspective.

Watch Mathijs van Dijk explain how financial crises affect our life expectancy on RSM Discovery.


The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) was founded in 1970 by the joined universities of the Netherlands after consultations with the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Its foundation was approved of by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. NIAS has been an institute of the KNAW since 1988. Each year, NIAS selects around 50 prominent researchers and senior scholars in humanities and social sciences who have already made a contribution to their field, within and outside of the Netherlands.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is a top tier European business school and ranked among the top three for research. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has offices in the Amsterdam Zuidas business district and in Taipei, Taiwan.

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