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The IFN-KWC (Lund) Graduate Course Series

Updated March 5, 2015

The Knut Wicksell Centre for Financial Studies, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, offers within its Doctoral Course Program the mini-course

Industrial Organization and Corporate Finance: Theory, Policy and Empirics


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Professor Lars Persson and Ph.D. Martin Olsson (both Research Institute of Industrial Economics, IFN)


In the wake of the financial crisis, increased attention in economic research has been given to how financial markets affect industrial development. The goal of this mini-course for Ph.D. students is to introduce doctoral students in economics and finance to central policy issues at the intersection of industrial organization and corporate finance theory. The course also aims to provide knowledge in how to write empirical papers on policy issues related to firm behavior. It consists of three parts: product markets and competition law; product markets and corporate law; and an empirical part.

The course is organized jointly by the Knut Wicksell Centre for Financial Studies at Lund University, the Department of Economics at Lund University, and the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN).

Date and Location

Monday March 9 (morning) to Friday March 13, 2015 (afternoon). 12 lectures of 90 min each held at the Knut Wicksell Centre for Financial Studies, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

Preliminary Schedule

Monday (9/3) 10-12, room EC1:138, and 14-17, room Alfa 1010
Tuesday (10/3) 10-12, room EC1_138, and 14-17, room Alfa 1010
Wednesday (11/3) 10-12 and 14-17, room Alfa 1010 (a.m. and p.m.)
Thursday (12/3) 10-12 and 14-17, room Alfa 1010 (a.m. and p.m.)
Friday (13/3) 10-12 and 14-16, room Alfa 1010 (a.m. and p.m.)

Room Alfa 1010 is located on the ground floor in the Alfa Building. Please see this map for further information.



The course is open to a limited number of participants. Send a cover letter, your CV, and a recommendation letter from your advisor to Elisabeth Gustafsson ( before February 15, 2015. Notification of acceptance will be given by February 20, 2015.


The Swedish House of Finance has generously made funding available for travel and accommodation in Lund during the course. Please specify if you apply for funding in the cover letter and enclose a budget proposal for travel costs. Ph.D. students in finance in the Nordic countries outside of Sweden should apply for financing from the Nordic Finance Network (see more here:

International cooperation

Visiting researchers

Collaborating with others is essential for IFN as a research institute. Our researchers co-author articles with colleagues from other institutes, and many also teach at various universities and colleges.

As part of our extensive program of guest researchers, leading international researchers visit the institute. The visitors present and pursue their research as well as interact and cooperate with researchers at IFN.

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