Department of Finance

Department of Finance

The Department of Finance is the leading finance department in Finland with a strong dedication to research, as shown by a stream of research published in top Finance and Economics journals.

The department runs an excellent seminar series and is equipped with all major finance databases. The department offers finance education at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level. Finance PhD studies are organized within the Graduate School of Finance (GSF). The Department of Finance also hosts the Nordic Finance Network (NFN).

 

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People

Professors

Vesa Puttonen

Professor of Finance, Head of the Department

Vesa Puttonen, photo by Evelyn Kask

Renée Adams

Visiting Distinguished Professor

Renée Adams, Visiting Distinguished Professor

Zhi Da

Visiting Distinguished Professor

Zhi Da, Visiting Distinguished Professor

Juha Joenväärä

Assistant Professor of Finance

Juha Joenväärä, photo by Evelin Kask

Petri Jylhä

Assistant Professor of Finance

Petri Jylhä, photo by Kreetta Järvenpää

Eero Kasanen

Professor Emeritus of Finance

Eero Kasanen

Markku Kaustia

Professor of Finance, Hannes Gebhard Professor in Finance and Insurance

Markku Kaustia, photo by Kreetta Järvenpää

Matti Keloharju

Professor of Finance, Aalto Distinguished Professor

Matti Keloharju

Joni Kokkonen

Visiting Assistant Professor

Matthijs Lof

Assistant Professor of Finance

Matthijs Lof, photo by Aino Huovio

Peter Nyberg

Assistant Professor of Finance

Peter Nyberg, photo by Kreetta Järvenpää

Elias Rantapuska

Associate Professor of Finance

Elias Rantapuska, photo by Evelin Kask

Sean Seunghun Shin

Assistant Professor of Finance

Sean Seunghun Shin, photo by Lasse Lecklin

Antti Suhonen

Professor of Practice in Finance

Antti Suhonen, photo by Lasse Lecklin

Matti Suominen

Professor of Finance

Matti Suominen, photo by Kreetta Järvenpää

Sami Torstila

Associate Professor of Finance

Sami Torstila, photo by Lasse Lecklin

Michael Ungeheuer

Assistant Professor of Finance

Michael Ungeheuer, photo by Lasse Lecklin

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Doctoral Student

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Mikko Leppämäki

Director, GSF

Mikko Leppämäki, photo by Kreetta Järvenpää

Reetta Ali-Alha

Coordinator, GSF

Reetta Ali-Alha, photo by Lasse Lecklin

Postdoctoral Researchers

Nikolas Breitkopf

Postdoctoral Researcher

Nikolas Breitkopf, photo

Niilo Luotonen

Postdoctoral Researcher

Niilo Luotonen, Postdoctoral Researcher

Theresa Spickers

Postdoctoral Researcher

Theresa Spickers, photo by Lasse Lecklin

Tõnn Talpsepp

Postdoctoral Researcher

Tõnn Talpsepp, Postdoctoral Researcher

Affiliated Researchers

Petra Vokata

Affiliated Researcher

Petra Vokata, photo by Lasse Lecklin

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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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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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Aalto Choice Tank

The purpose of Aalto Choice Tank is to provide a state-of-the-art open-access facility in the Aalto University Otaniemi campus area for experimental research in economics and business.

Studies

Bachelor's Admissions

Familiarise yourself with the application processes by selecting the field and degree level suitable for you. The bachelor’s degree is a lower university degree preceding the master’s degree studies. The master’s degree is a higher university degree.

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Master's Programme in Finance

The Master’s Programme in Finance prepares students for various leadership and C-level positions in the world’s top companies, including the most prestigious investment banks and management consultancies. Students selected into the programme share high academic potential, motivation and ambition, making Finance graduates an extremely attractive talent pool for global employers. Their critical and truth-seeking mindset, combined with strong analytical skills help solve global business problems across industries from both strategic and practical perspectives.

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CFA University Affiliation Program

Aalto University is a member the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program, widely considered the investment profession’s most rigorous credentialing scheme.

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PhD Programme in Finance

The PhD programme at the 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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Seminars

Department of Finance has two weekly seminars:

 

Helsinki Finance Seminar

Helsinki Finance Seminar hosts international guest speakers on Mondays. The presentations take 75 minutes, including discussion. The seminar is organized in co-operation with the Graduate School of Finance (GSF) and Hanken School of Economics. The seminar schedule and contact information of the seminar organizers can be found on the seminar homepage.

Learn more about Helsinki Finance Seminar program

 

Finance Brown Bag Seminar 

The Finance Brown Bag Lunch Seminar is held on Wednesdays from 12:15 to 13:00 at room T004. The Seminar is organized by Assistant Professor Sean S. Shin. All questions related to the seminar can be addressed to him.

Date

Presenter

Paper

14.8.2019 Zhi Da (University of Notre Dame) Extrapolative Beliefs in the Cross-Section: What Can We Learn from the Crowds?
16.8.2019

Renée Adams (University of Oxford)

Exceptionally in room V001

Financing Legislators
28.8.2019

Nikolas Breitkopf
(Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)

Exceptionally in Istuntosali (V101)

Creating Data-Driven Context-Specific Dictionaries for Sentiment Analysis in Finance

Tuesday, 8.10.2019 at 13:15

Please note exceptional day and time

 

Claus Munk (Copenhagen Business School)

Exceptionally in room V002

The design and welfare implications of mandatory pension plans

Friday, 1.11.2019 at 12:15

Please note exceptional day

Jessica Pély  (LMU Munich) M&A Motives, Managerial Ambiguity, and Takeover Performance
6.11.2019

Gonul Colak (Hanken School of Economics)

Effective Defense Tactic or Obstacle to Change? The Role of Investor Relations in Activism Campaigns
27.11.2019 Erkki Vihriälä (University of Oxford) Limited demand for flexibility - commitment, inertia and inattention in debt repayment
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Nordic Finance Network

The Department of Finance hosts the Graduate School of Finance (GSF), the national PhD program in Finance, and the Nordic Finance Network (NFN), a collaborative network for research and doctoral training in the Nordic countries.

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: Professor Vesa Puttonen
Secretaries of the Department: Sara Viitala and Reetta Ali-Alha

Inquiries regarding

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Address: Ekonominaukio 1, 02150 Espoo
Open Mon-Thu 7.45-21.00, Fri 7.45-20.00, Sat-Sun Closed

Locations

News

Ekonominaukio 1 staircase to 1st floor. Photo by Unto Rautio.
Research & Art Published:

SUMMER INTERSHIPS AT THE FINANCE FACULTY

We are primarily looking for students majoring in Finance, but we also welcome applications from students with other quantitatively oriented backgrounds. Completion of a Bachelor’s thesis or other relevant experience is a plus.
Research & Art Published:

Matti Keloharju and Peter Nyberg's paper accepted to be published in the Journal of Financial Economics

Professor Matti Keloharju and Assistant Professor Peter Nyberg's paper has been accepted to be published in the Journal of Financial Economics.
Kuvassa näkyvät Puttonen & Vilkkumaa -podcastin juontajat, professori Vesa Puttonen ja apulaisprofessori Eeva Vilkkumaa.
Research & Art Published:

New podcast: Puttonen & Vilkkumaa

The new podcast from the School of Business discusses the idea that better business builds a better society.
Kuvassa näkyy opiskelijoita ja koulun dekaani Ingmar Björkman palkitsemistilaisuudessa.
Honoured Published:

School of Business’ Dean awarded successful business students

Dean Ingmar Björkman awarded graduates who had completed their degree within the normative length of studies and with excellent grades. The yearly award was given to 13 Bachelor’s students and 14 Master’s students on 20 November 2019.

Events

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Conferences and workshops

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Other

Aalto University meet-and-greet in Brussels

Aalto University meet-and-greet is organized in Brussels on 10 December 2019
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AVP Masterclass: Good Life Engine vol. 3

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