Research of the Department of Finance deals with two main focal areas:

  • Corporate Finance which studies investments and financing decisions within the firm. 
  • Investments which concentrates on the mechanics of financial markets and investments in stocks, bonds, and derivatives, among other vehicles.

Centres, Projects, and Experts

High-profile and relevant research is constantly being developed by Finance Department faculty members who connect to ERIM through its F&A research programme. These scholars share their knowledge through a variety of initiatives, including Centres of Expertise. Support for their research may come from companies, the European Government, grants or other forms of sponsorship. 

Some notable Centres of Expertise associated with the Finance Department:

Mutual Funds and Hedge Funds

Directors: Prof. Marno Verbeek, Dr. Joop Huij.

Mutual Funds and hedge funds are amongst the most interesting areas of research in finance today. The work of this centre is to examine the wide variety of investment approaches leading to high performance and best practices.

Erasmus Finance Group

The Erasmus Finance Group comprises all Finance researchers or Erasmus University Rotterdam, drawn from the Finance Group at RSM, the Finance Group at the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), and the Econometrics Group at ESE. The group combines its strengths to form a single, integrated, and internationally visible research group. Activities include the Erasmus Finance Seminars, a Brown-Bag Seminar for internal discussions, and various specialised conferences.