Department of Finance and Economics

Department of Finance and Economics

This page is about the department of Finance and Economics, which functions in close contact with the business sector, conducts outstanding research and maintains a global network.

The Department of Finance and Economics at Hanken offers courses on Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels in three disciplines: Finance, Economics and Statistics. The department’s faculty works out of two separate locations in Finland; the capital Helsinki and Western Finland’s educational centre Vaasa. The faculty is well-integrated into the global, Nordic and national academic world.

The wide range of courses we offer on Bachelor's and Master's level emphasizes quantitative skills and solid economic and strategic thinking – skills highly appreciated in the business community. The studies are designed to meet high international standards comparable with programmes in finance and economics offered at other leading business schools.

Majoring in Finance or Economics also gives a solid basis for continuing with PhD studies. We offer doctoral education both in Economics and in Finance. Our doctoral students take the majority of their courses within the GSE and GSF frameworks, respectively (read more below).

Finance and Economics at Hanken have an excellent placement record. Our doctoral graduates pursue careers in international business schools as researchers, professors and experts. In the public and private sector they take up positions as expert economists, economic advisors, analysts, and consultants.

The Finance Unit is part of the Graduate School of Finance GSF. GSF is a joint initiative of six Finnish universities that promotes high quality doctoral education in finance in Finland.The main objective of GSF is to promote high-quality doctoral education in finance in Finland by organizing advanced level doctoral courses, seminars and workshops. GSF also arranges the renowned Helsinki Finance Seminar Opens in new window offering top level speakers from around the world to its participants.

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The Economics Unit is part of the Helsinki Graduate School of Economics or the Helsinki GSE initiative. Helsinki Graduate School of Economics is an academic initiative bringing together three Finnish universities – Hanken School of Economics, Aalto University and University of Helsinki. Helsinki GSE’s mission is to, with the enhanced tripartite co-operation between the key actors, produce outstanding research with maximum academic impact.

Helsinki GSE offers excellent training across disciplinary borders with the help of speakers from top departments both in Europe and USA . Helsinki GSE also collaborates closely with VATT Institute for Economic Research.

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Our faculty regularly contributes to a large array of activities in both the private and public sector as scientific experts. Our contribution is sought after and appreciated. We maintain close business and overall societal connections at all times.
This we do in order to ensure that the research we conduct and the courses we offer are in constant real-life contact and mutual interplay. Only then will they remain relevant to all involved. The department has a high-quality publication record which includes Top-5 journals and FT50 journals in finance and economics. International journals and leading international conferences on a regular basis turn to our faculty when in need of scientific experts for a multitude of assignments. 

Given the three academic disciplines within the department, our research interests are wide. Our research is conducted in a wide variety of topics ranging from asset pricing, corporate finance, law and finance, risk management, market microstructure and real estate to industrial economics, competition economics, financial economics, labour economics, behavioural economics and experimental economics. Our statistics group is particulary strong in time-series econometrics, micro econometrics and financial mathematics.

Head of Department:

Staffan Ringbom
Tel: +358 40 352 1416