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Research BWL VI

Research BWL VI

Research at the chair of Banking and Finance is based on empirical as well as theoretical and experimental working methods. Thus robust insights can be gained. The research is currently focused on the following topics:




Sustainability and Corporate Governance: Compliance and ESG:

What is the role of sustainability strategies, i. e. commitment in the field of ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance), for companies? Is that a way to reduce risks? How does compliance stand out from this? And how can investors in the capital markets benefit if they take ESG into account in their investment decisions? We are exploring these questions in different projects that compare companies with their cultural backgrounds (USA, UK and continental Europe).


Further information can also be found in the Sustainable Governance Lab.

Behavioral and Social Finance:

Do socio-social aspects such as cultural morals or ideologies spread on social networks influence our economic decisions? What does this mean for the "optimal" provision of economic information so that the most rational decisions possible are made within social contexts? In various experimental projects, we are particularly concerned with the question how errors in investment and repayment decisions of private households can be avoided.



ICOs and Entrepreneurial Finance:

Young, innovative companies are increasingly making use of new forms of corporate financing, such as Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). In some cases, these can lead to completely different incentive effects for the management than is known from traditional forms of financing. Under what conditions are ICOs the "better" financing for young companies? And to what extent does an entrepreneur's financial knowledge drive his or her financing decisions and thus the company's success?



Financial-Literacy and Sustainability-Literacy:

The increasing complexity of investment products makes a solid financial knowledge indispensable for weighing up risk-return aspects. Regulatory requirements also demand that a client's financial knowledge is taken into account in the advisory process. But what about the Sustainability-Literacy, when private clients increasingly want to, or rather shall, incorporate sustainability aspects into their investment decisions? How can sustainability be measured in such a way that private customers can rely on this measure in their decisions? What does this mean for the companies or their reporting obligations to the capital market?