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Essex Finance Centre

Read our research

Read our latest finance research papers in the Essex Research Repository. Explore our publications and see the wide variety of fields we work in, from accounting, finance, management and entrepreneurship to broader societal issues.

Established in 2003, the Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) fosters internationally-renowned and high-quality academic research and encourages teaching excellence and innovation in the areas of finance and banking. Our members include the 27 colleagues from the Essex Business School finance faculty, as well as visiting research fellows from universities across the world.

We work with leading financial services firms – such as Invesco Perpetual and HSBC – and collaborate with public sector organisations, governments and policy institutions, including the Bank of England. Many of our members are actively involved in the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, which aims to become a national centre of expertise for data users across academia and industry.

We also have a thriving PhD programme.

Our work

Our research reflects many common issues spanning the following themes:

  • asset pricing, including: non-risk based factor models; puzzles such as the value premium; cojump identification and testing
  • banking, including: performance and regulation; bank management; securitisation and theory of financial intermediation
  • behavioural finance, such as: expectations formation; the role emotions play in trading and the effect overconfidence
  • commodity markets, including: financialisation of commodities; the relationship between commodities and poverty, growth and development
  • corporate finance, focusing on capital structure theories, corporate disclosure policies and behavioural corporate finance
  • financing of SMEs, such as crowdfunding and credit scoring models
  • financial econometrics
  • international finance, including: determinants of exchange rates; Central Bank announcements and the high frequency effects of news
  • portfolio and risk management, including: asset and liability management; portfolio construction and optimisation; bank risk management using computational methods and Value-at-Risk models

Discussion papers

The Essex Finance Centre Working Papers series can be accessed from:

Upcoming events

We run regular events, including guest lecturers by City practitioners.

You can see all of our department's events in our calendar.

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Past conferences

Our members

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