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Bachelor Courses in English at WiWi - Summer Term 2020

This page is just an unofficial excerpt from the course list for the summer term 2020. It was changed last in February, 2020 and does not claim correctness or completeness. Please always check the current course lists (AGNES and department website) for updates.

You can find detailed information and the schedule in the course list:




  1. Business Administration: Lectures
  2. Business Administration: Seminars
  3. Economics: Lectures
  4. Economics: Seminars
  5. Quantitaitve Methods: Seminars
  6. Quantitaitve Methods: Lectures


Business Administration: Lectures (no registration required)


1) Valuation (708009)
  • Lecture+Tutorial (4 hours/week)
  • Prof. Dr. Ulf Brüggemann
  • Also for MA students!

The goal of the course is to present students the basic tools to value firms and other assets. The course comprises three main parts. The first part presents the mechanics of relative and intrinsic valuation. The second part focuses on how to estimate the inputs for these valuation methods (e.g., forecasting cash flows or earnings, estimating the cost of capital). The third part deals with special valuation cases (e.g., valuing start-ups or private firms).

Prerequisites: Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft I (Finanzierung und Investion) and Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft II (Investmentanalyse und Portfoliomanagement)


  • Damodaran, A. (2012): Investment Valuation, 3rd Edition, Wiley Finance.
  • Palepu, K.G., Healy, P.M. and Peek, E. (2016): Business Analysis and Valuation (IFRS Edition), 4th Edition, Cengage Learning.
  • Penman, S.H. (2013): Financial Statement Analysis and Security Valuation, 5th Edition, McGraw-Hill.
  • Relevant chapters and additional material will be announced throughout the course.

Examination: Written exam (120 min)

2) Financial Markets: Economic Theory and Practice (701141)
  • Lecture+Tutorial (4 hours/week)
  • Prof. Alexander Stomper

The students will become equipped with tools allowing them to understand the functioning of financial markets, and to detect value-creating investment opportunities. The stress will be on theoretical models as necessary ingredients of the informed investment decision process, both in static and dynamic setups. At the same time, the course will feature exercise sessions in which the students will learn the basics of practical portfolio management, and work with real data. In the process, they will acquire some programming skills (Python).


  • Pedersen, Lasse Heje: "Efficiently Inefficient" , Verlag: Princeton University Press (2015)
  • Ang, Andrew: "Asset Management: A Systematic Approach to Factor Investing" , Verlag: Oxford University Press (2014)
  • Bodie, Zvi; Kane, Alex; Marcus, Alan J.: "Investments" , 10th ed., Verlag: McGraw-Hill (2014)

Examination: Written exam (60 min)

3) Behavioral Finance and Asset Pricing (701138)
  • Lecture+Tutorial (4 hours/week)
  • Maria Kasch, PhD

This course introduces the students to the behavioral finance view on asset pricing. The course starts with a discussion of the foundations of the efficient markets hypothesis and then focuses on theoretical and empirical challenges faced by this hypothesis. The topics covered in the course include noise trading, investor sentiment, limits to arbitrage, overreaction and underreaction to news, excess volatility, return predictability, market booms and busts, historical/institutional trends in market development. A component of the course is an ungraded 15-20 minutes presentation by the students.

Prerequisite: Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft I & II (Investition und Finanzierung + Investmentanalyse und Portfoliomanagement)


  • Shiller, Robert J.: "Irrational Exuberance ", Verlag: Princeton University Press, 3rd Edition (2015)
  • Shleifer, Andrei: "Inefficient Markets: An Introduction to Behavioral Finance" , Oxford University Press (2000)
  • Barberis, Nicholas; Thaler, Richard H.: "A Survey of Behavioral Finance" , in Handbook of the Economics of Finance (ed. Constantinides, G. M.; Harris, M.; Stulz, R. M.), Verlag: North Holland (2003)

Examination: Written exam (60 min)


4) Financial Intermediation (701151)
  • Lecture+Tutorial (4 hours/week)
  • Prof. Dr. Max Bruche

In this course, we will discuss the role and function of financial intermediaries in the economy. To a large extent, the focus will be on commercial banks, but investment banks and broker-dealers are also covered. The course will enable student to participate in the debate around how financial intermediaries should be regulated, on the basis of arguments that rely on economic theory.

Examination: Written exam (90 min)


5) Economics of Entrepreneurship (70641)
  • Lecture+Tutorial (4 hours/week)
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Schade

In this lecture we offer a theoretical background to macroeconomic, psychological and microeconomic aspects of entrepreneurship. Among macroeconomic aspects we present the role of the entrepreneur in the national economy, economic growth and the value of entrepreneurship. Psychological aspects include the personality of the entrepreneur and a typology of entrepreneurs. Microeconomic aspects treat problems at firm level such as incentives in entrepreneurial teams and financing problems.

Examination: Written exam (90 min)


Business Administration: Seminars (registration required!)


1) Seminar Empirical Research in Finance (englisch) (701143)
  • Seminar (2 hours/week)
  • Dr. Beatriz Mariano
  • Registration: To apply, please submit your document (application form https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/en/professuren/bwl/finance/study/application) to: finance-group@hu-berlin.de by Monday, 06.04.2020.

This course introduces students to the major issues faced by an empirical researcher in the field of finance. The first part of the course focuses on the practical issues of carrying out an empirical research project, including the development of a research question, the literature review, the collection and processing of data, and the econometric analysis. In the second part of the course, the students will carry out an independent empirical analysis in the area of corporate finance, make a presentation and write a related seminar paper. The presentation will not be graded. The course lays a foundation for writing a bachelor thesis in empirical finance.

Prerequisites: Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft I (Finanzierung und Investition) and Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft II (Investmentanalyse und Portfoliomanagement)

Participants: max. 20

Literature: Academic papers and lecture notes

Examination: Term paper

2) Seminar Innovative Entrepreneurship (70638)
  • Seminar (2 hours/week)
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Schade
  • Please register via the registration form on the website of the Chair of Entrepreneurial and Behavioral Decision Making by March 31, 2020.

This course equips students with a deeper knowledge of selected aspects of the field of economics of entrepreneurship (i.e. this might cover the personality of the entrepreneur, gender aspects of entrepreneurship, macro- or microeconomic aspects of entrepreneurship). Students understand the fundamental requirements of working scientifically. Thereby, they have acquired the following basic skills: to conduct a scientific literature search, to write a scientific seminar paper, to critically evaluate and discuss their research with the audience. A component of the seminar is an ungraded presentation and discussion.

Participants: max. 20

Examination: Term paper


Economics: Lectures (no registration required)


1) Labour Economics (70829)
  • Lecture+Tutorial (4 hours/week)
  • Prof. Dr. Alexandra Spitz-Oener

The actors in the labor market: workers, firms, government; labor supply and labor demand; labor market equilibrium; compensating wage differentials; human capital; the wage structure; labor mobility; labor market discrimination; unemployment;
labor market policy.


  • Borjas, G.: Labor Economics, 6th edition (McGraw-Hill)

Examination: Written exam (90 min)

2) Migration Economics (709922)
  • Lecture+Tutorial (4 hours/week)
  • Prof. Dr. Herbert Brücker

The students acquire knowledge of the economic analysis of international migration, the integration of immigrants into the labor market and the labor market effects of migration. They are acquainted with topics such as the theoretical explanations and
empirical estimation of migration flows and stocks, the self-sorting of migrants, the transfer of human capital, the assimilation of wages and employment opportunities, and the causal identification of the wage and employment effects of migration.

Lecture: This course provides an overview on the economic analysis of internal migration, the labor market integration of immigrants and the labor market effects of migration. It covers both fundamental theories and empirical analyzes.

Exercise: Discussion of seminal papers focusing on the main topics of the lecture. Solving exercises addressing main topics of the course.

Preconditions: Knowledge in Labor Economics, recommended “Einführung in die Ökonometrie”.


  • Bodvarsson, Ö.B., H. Van den Berg, The Economics of Immigration, Springer: Heildberg/New York 2009.

Examination: Written exam (90 min)

3) Theory of Social Choice (70899)
  • Lecture+Tutorial (3 hours/week)
  • Prof. Dr. Wulf Gaertner
  • Also for MA students!

The lectures start out from Kenneth Arrow's famous Impossibility Theorem, discuss possibility results under restricted domains of preferences, consider the issue of manipulability or strategy-proofness, the exercise of individual rights in the framework of collective decisions, scoring functions and related schemes, Rawlsian and utilitarian justice, various bargaining solutions and finally consider empirical studies in relation to distributive justice.

Prerequisite: Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft I & II (Investition und Finanzierung + Investmentanalyse und Portfoliomanagement)


  • Arrow, K. J. 1963. Social choice and individual values , 2nd ed. New York: John Wiley.
  • Craven, J. 1992. Social Choice: A Framework for Collective Decisions and Individual Judgements , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Gaertner, Wulf. 2009. A Primer in Social Choice Theory , rev. ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kelly, S. J. 1988. Social Choice Theory , Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.
  • Nurmi, H. 1999. Voting Paradoxes and How to Deal with Them . Springer-Verlag.
  • Sen, Amartya. 1987. “Social Choice”, in The New Palgrave , J. Eatwell, M. Milgate and P. Newmann (eds.) London: MacMillan.
  • Sen, Amartya K. 1984. Collective Choice and Social Welfare , Amsterdam; New York: North-Holland. New expanded edition (with additional chapters) published as a paperback in 2017, Penguin Books.

Examination: Written exam (90 min)


4) Network Based Energy Systems (707502)
  • Lecture+Tutorial (4 hours/week)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Franz Hubert, Dr. rer. nat. Tatiana Grandon

The lecture familiarizes students with the basic notions and tools of the analysis of energy markets and strategic behavior in these markets with an emphasis on electric power and gas. The lecture is accompanied by a tutorial.

Preconditions: A good background in microeconomics, industrial organization and game theory.

Examination: Written exam (90 min)


5) European Integration (70896)
  • Lecture+Tutorial (4 hours/week)
  • Prof. Michael Burda, Ph.D

Mechanisms underlying real economic integration, including growth convergence, trade, factor mobility and fiscal transfers. Theoretical and policy dimensions of the economic integration of Europe; recent history of European monetary and financial
integration, and the rationale for European Monetary Union; the theory of optimal currency areas; the European Central Bank, fiscal and monetary policy in a currency union; the impact of banking and sovereign debt crises on the financial stability of the Eurozone.


  • Baldwin and Wyplosz, The Economics of European Integration, ausgewählte Literatur aus Fachbüchern und -zeitschriften, die durch Moodle verfügbar gemacht werden.

Examination: Written exam (90 min)



Economics: Seminars (registration required!)


1) Geopolitics of Energy Markets (707513)
  • Seminar (2 hours/week)
  • Dr. rer. nat. Tatiana Grandon
  • Registration takes place in the first meeting

This seminar reviews economic and policy aspects of global energy issues. We explore the geopolitics of energy in four dimensions: energy security, energy markets, energy sustainability, and energy poverty. First, we look into different countries energy needs, available resources and how they shape their strategies to accomplish energy security. We will begin the course analyzing the price, cost and market structure of fossil fuels and analyze future scenario projections. We will examine notions as energy crisis, strategic commodities, resource curse, resource nationalization. Why do countries liberalize their electricity and gas markets? What are the benefits/problems of electricity liberalization in the Global North in the Global South? We will turn our attention to different geographies and examine policies to combating climate change. Finally, we will study the benefits that international energy transition is delivering, but we will also analyze the new inequalities and risks that can impact developing countries. We will use insights from economic theory to understand the involved trade-offs and to wisely quantify data. We will read some excerpts of energy policies and turning points in history. In the end, global energy economics is a complex topic that will require interdisciplinary approaches.

In the first class, you are expected to choose a topic. Read the corresponding given articles and schedule a presentation. Moreover, you are expected to actively participate in all seminar discussions, and write an essay answering the central questions of your chosen topic.

Part of the seminar is an ungraded presentation.

Preconditions: Macroeconomics I

Maximum number of participants: 20

Examination: Term paper

2) Geography and Growth (7010915)
  • Seminar (2 hours/week)
  • Thilo Albers, Kalle Kappner
  • Registration: Please send a mail to Kalle Kappner (kalle.kappner@hu-berlin.de) until March 31, 2020. If there are more applicants than spots, we will make a lottery in advance and let you know about the result at April 1, 2020.

How do geography and economic growth interact? What is the role of natural and man-made geographic features in explaining the spatial patterns of specialization and agglomeration? Can geography explain diverging growth rates across cities, regions and countries? This seminar introduces students to important theoretical and empirical findings in the field of Geographical Economics, with an emphasis of explaining economic growth. It features an introduction to QGIS, an open-source geographic information systems application.

A component of the seminar is an ungraded presentation.

Required: A good understanding of microeconomics and interest in economic history and geography.

Maximum number of participants: 20


  • Combes, Mayer and Thisse (2008): “Economic Geography. The Integration of Regions and Nations”, Princeton University Press.
  • Fujita, Krugman and Venables (1999): “The Spatial Economy: Cities, Regions, and International Trade”, MIT Press.
  • Krugman (1991): “Geography and Trade”, MIT Press.

Examination: Term paper


Quantitative Methods: Seminars (registration required!)


1) Statistical Programming Languages (701016)
  • Seminar (2 hours/week)
  • Dr. Sigbert Klinke
  • Registration: Registration in the first meeting.

A component of the seminar is an ungraded presentation.

See http://lvb.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/Teaching_Moodle.

Reason for block course: For educational reasons it is more reasonable to teach skills of a programming language in a block course.

The maximum number participants is 30 students. Participants will be selected randomly at the first lecture according the rules of HU ZSP.

Examination: Term paper

2) Selected Topics in History of Statistics (701031)
  • Seminar (2 hours/week)
  • Prof. Dr. Annette Vogt
  • Registration from 1st till 30th of march 2020 via e-mail to Prof. Dr. A. Vogt: vogt@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

A component of the seminar is an ungraded presentation (30 min).

Maximal 20 participants.

Students who have already passed the course 701031 "What is statistics? - From the historical perspective" cannot register for this course.

Examination: Term paper


Quantitative Methods: Lectures (no registration required)





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