Essex Finance Centre (EFiC)

Part of Essex Business School

We foster internationally renowned and high-quality academic research.

We encourage teaching excellence and innovation in the areas of finance and banking. Our members include the 27 colleagues from the Essex Business School finance faculty, as well as visiting research fellows from universities across the world.

We work with leading financial services firms – such as Invesco Perpetual and HSBC – and collaborate with public sector organisations, governments and policy institutions, including the Bank of England. Many of our members are actively involved in the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, which aims to become a national centre of expertise for data users across academia and industry.


Our research reflects many common issues spanning the following themes:

  • asset pricing, including: non-risk based factor models; puzzles such as the value premium; cojump identification and testing
  • banking, including: performance and regulation; bank management; securitisation and theory of financial intermediation
  • behavioural finance, such as: expectations formation; the role emotions play in trading and the effect overconfidence
  • commodity markets, including: financialisation of commodities; the relationship between commodities and poverty, growth and development
  • corporate finance, focusing on capital structure theories, corporate disclosure policies and behavioural corporate finance
  • financing of SMEs, such as crowdfunding and credit scoring models
  • financial econometrics
  • international finance, including: determinants of exchange rates; Central Bank announcements and the high frequency effects of news
  • portfolio and risk management, including: asset and liability management; portfolio construction and optimisation; bank risk management using computational methods and Value-at-Risk models
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Essex Business School run regular seminars, lectures and events. We invite many guest lecturers and City practitioners to speak. Visit our Department's event calendar and discover our series of upcoming events.

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Past events

Past conferences



Our archived events


  • 14 June - Special Talk for Postgraduate Students in Finance - Professor Steven Isberg, University of Baltimore
  • 7 June - Firms’ Market Orientation, Institutional Ownership and Crash Risk - Dr Panayiotis Andreou, Cyprus University of Technology
  • 30 May - PhD Brown Bag Seminar - Paula Cruz-Garcia and Ioannis Korkos, Essex Business School
  • 17 May - Deposit Withdrawals from Distressed Banks: Customer Relationships Matter - Professor Martin Brown, University of St. Gallen
  • 16 May - Inflation Expectations and Monetary Policy Surprises - Professor Marios Zachariadis, University of Cyprus
  • 21 March - Cross-Border Spillovers of a Major Central Bank Intervention - Dr David Marques-Ibanez, European Central Bank
  • 15 March - The Impact of Dynamic Covariance on Impulse Response Functions - Professor Christos Ioannidis, University of Bath
  • 14 March - Using the Press and Social Media to Tackle the REF - EBS Impact Academy event
  • 8 March - Regressions with Fractional d=0.5 and Weakly Nonstationary Processes - Dr Yannis Kasparis, University of Cyprus
  • 1 March - Banks’ Trading After the Lehman Crisis - Professor Isabel Schnabel, University of Bonn
  • 22 February - Global Liquidity and House Prices Around the World - Professor Kate Phylaktis, Cass Business School
  • 16 February - The Externalities of Corruption: Evidence From Entrepreneurial Activity in China - Professor Maria Assunta Giannetti, Stockholm School of Economics
  • 15 February - The Choice of Acquisition Form Around the World - Professor Ronan Powell, Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at University College Dublin
  • 1 February - Saving Behaviour, Expectations and Financial Hardship - Professor Karl Taylor, University of Sheffield
  • 25 January - California Smoking and German Re-unification - Professor Andrew Harvey, University of Cambridge
  • 25 January - PhD Brown Bag Seminar - Sofia Stamou and Ayotunde Oyelakin, Essex Business School
  • 18 January - Who is SHE? - Professor Ser-Huang Poon, Manchester Business School

  • 2016




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    Read our latest finance research papers in the Essex Research Repository. Explore our publications and see the wide variety of fields we work in, from accounting, finance, management and entrepreneurship to broader societal issues.

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    Essex Finance Centre University of Essex
    Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
    Essex Business School University of Essex
    Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
    Telephone: 01206 873333