Research at the Centre

The Centre is focused within three prioritized research areas: Household finance, Asset pricing, and Firm development and financial markets.

Within Household finance, we study among other things how social networks affect financial decisions. We also study the effects of inheritance and wealth accumulation, the impact of amortization requirements on housing markets, the origins of risk taking in financial markets, as well as financial decisions and gender inequality.

Our researchers in Asset pricing study systemic risk in the banking system and how this risk is priced by the market, we develop new measures for mutual fund evaluation, and conduct both empirical and theoretical work on the pricing of various assets such as stocks, bonds and real estate.

The area Firm development and financial markets examines the interaction of venture capital, innovation and growth, and analyzes the roles of different forms of ownership, tax systems and general financial institutions in industry-driven economic growth. We also study entrepreneurial innovations, private equity buyouts and taxation, and how they affect firms with different forms of ownership, as well as how financial market regulations influence this process.

Research at the Centre is organised in three thematic platforms:

Macrofinance, crises and regulation

Financial market behaviour

Firm development and financial markets

The basic goals of the Knut Wicksell Centre are to conduct high-quality research in the finance area and to engage in mutually beneficial collaboration with practitioners. In more specific terms, the activities over the coming years will focus on:

  • attaining high quality in research
  • asserting the relevance of its activities in interaction with practitioners
  • building an attractive environment for research and outreach in order to recruit new researchers – on a permanent, time-limited or visiting basis – nationally and internationally
Last published: 2019-05-02