Department of Finance

Department of Finance

The Department of Finance at Aalto University School of Business is one of the leading finance departments in Europe. Our research revolves around financial decision-making and its implications for value creation, financial markets, and society. 


The department organizes various research seminars and conferences and hosts the Graduate School of Finance (GSF) and the Nordic Finance Network (NFN). We offer degree education at bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.

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People at the Department of Finance

Faculty and staff

Meet our professors, researchers, doctoral students and staff
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Finance Research

The Department of Finance's research covers a broad range of topics in the areas of corporate finance and financial markets. The current focus areas in the research are:

  • behavioral finance
  • corporate finance
  • asset pricing
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Ongoing Research

Examples of ongoing externally funded research projects at the Department of Finance.

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Department of Finance Publications

The Department of Finance actively publishes in leading Finance and Economics journals.

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Financial Data

The Department of Finance has access to high-quality financial databases, such as Datastream, Compustat and CRSP.

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Studies in Finance

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Applying to Bachelor's Programmes

The application period for bachelor's programmes in English is 3–17 January 2024 for studies starting in autumn 2024.

Admission Services
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Finance, Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration)

Dive into finance: learn to understand financial markets, manage risk and navigate global issues to face the latest challenges in the field.

Study options
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Doctoral Programme in Finance

The Doctoral Programme in Finance at Aalto University School of Business is intended for candidates of excellent academic background and intellectual ambition who are motivated in producing research at the highest international level and pursuing careers in the academic and business world.

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Graduate School of Finance & Nordic Finance Network

The Department of Finance hosts the Graduate School of Finance (GSF) and the Nordic Finance Network (NFN). More information on the GSF and NFN websites.

Graduate School of Finance (GSF) (external link)

The national PhD programme in Finance

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Nordic Finance Network (NFN) (external link)

A network for research and doctoral training in Finance in the Nordic countries.

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Finance Department Seminars

The Department of Finance has two weekly seminars.

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Helsinki Finance Seminar (external link)

Helsinki Finance Seminar hosts international guest speakers on Mondays. Seminar schedule and more information on the GSF seminar page.

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Finance Brown Bag Seminar

The Finance Brown Bag Lunch Seminar is held on Wednesdays from 12:15 to 13:00. See the seminar schedule by clicking the title Finance Brown Bag Seminar.

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Finance Department Conferences

The Department of Finance organizes three conferences.

Helsinki Finance Summit August 19-20, 2024

Helsinki Finance Summit

The 12th Helsinki Finance Summit on Investor Behavior will be organized on August 19-20, 2024.

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Lapland Household Finance Summit

The next Lapland Household Finance Summit will be organized in March 2025. Call for Papers will be published in the fall 2024.

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Lapland Investment Fund Summit

The next Lapland Investment Fund Summit will be organized in March 2025. Call for Papers will be published in the fall 2024.

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Finance Department contact information

Visiting address

School of Business building (3rd floor)
Ekonominaukio 1
FI-02150 Espoo
Finland

Postal address

Department of Finance
Aalto University School of Business
PO BOX 21210
FI-00076 AALTO
FINLAND

Department administration

Head of the Department: Associate Professor Matthijs Lof
Secretaries of the Department: Sara Viitala and Reetta Ali-Alha

Inquiries regarding

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News

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Professor appointments at the School of Business

Prottoy Akbar, Pablo Warnes, Erkki Vihriälä and Christoph Huber will start in their new positions on 1 August 2024.
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Open Science and Research Summer Conference 2024 gathered open science experts from all over Finland

Over 90 participants attended in person and 90 listened in Zoom a range of presentations on artificial intelligence, legal and security issues and data management, alongside the latest news on open science activities in Finland. The event was organised by Aalto University, VTT and Open Science Coordination in Finland.
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Excellent cooperation to find opportunities for the FIDA regulation for OP Financial Group

Aalto University School of Business collaborated with OP Financial Group in a student project on exploring EU FIDA regulation opportunities
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Empowering students with personal financial literacy

The new Personal Finance course combines the latest research with practical examples, teaches financial skills needed in everyday life, and helps to achieve personal goals and dreams.

Events

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Information sessions, Networking

US alumni get-together at FinnFest 2024

Join us for this first-of-its-kind get-together of Aalto University and University of Helsinki at FinnFest 2024!
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Public defences

Public defence in Economics, Topi Hokkanen

Essays on Optimal Environmental Regulation and Information Economics (title of the thesis)
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Public defences

Public defence in Economics, M.Sc. (Econ) Aapo Stenhammar

Aapo Stenhammar examines the impacts of structural change in the workplace in his dissertation, "Essays on Structural and Technological Change."
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Networking

Boston Promenade x Kauppis Alumnifest

Kauppis invites alumni to celebrate Boston Promenade's 60-year journey in style.
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