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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät

Bachelor Courses in English Winter Term 2019/20

This page is just an unofficial excerpt from the course list for summer term 2019. It was changed last on February 28th, 2019 and does not claim correctness or completeness. Please always check the current course lists for updates.

This page is just an unofficial excerpt from the course list for summer term 2019. It was changed last on February 28th, 2019 and does not claim correctness or completeness. Please always check the current course lists 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) Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital (701147)
  • Lecture+Tutorial (4 hours/week)
  • Simas Kucinskas, PhD

The course provides an introduction to entrepreneurial finance and venture capital, providing an overview of the venture capital industry and standard valuation techniques used in the area. Upon completion of the course, students will be familiar with (i) economic challenges faced by startups and how various forms of entrepreneurial finance help address them; (ii) main sources of entrepreneurial finance; (iii) institutional aspects of the venture capital industry; (iv) key valuation methods.

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


  • Lecture notes
  • Lerner, J.; Leamon, A.; Hardymon, F.: "Venture capital, private equity, and the financing of entrepreneurship" , John Wiley & Sons (2012)

Examination: Written exam (90 min)

2) Financial Economics for Citizens (ehemals: Financial Markets and Social
Science) (701139)
  • Lecture+Tutorial (4 hours/week)
  • Prof. Alexander Stomper

This course is based on a series of lectures regarding the functions of financial markets in society. We will start with some lectures regarding the history of financial markets. Then, we will turn to a non-technical introduction to modern finance theory. Based on a solid understanding of the theory, students will be able to interpret information revealed by financial markets and to recognize common abuses of such information in policy-making. The last part of the course concerns the interaction between finance and politics, i.e. how legislation and regulation directly influence the structure of financial markets and how players in these markets intervene in the political process to create or modify legislative and regulatory outcomes.

Students will participate in economic experiments that are supposed to illustrate the fragility of financial markets. Besides participating in the experiments, students will also learn to prepare experiments, to guide participants who are not economists, and to lead discussions regarding financial markets.

A component of the exercise is an ungraded presentation (20 min) and discussion.


  • Bernanke, B. S: „The Federal Reserve and the Financial Crisis“, Princeton University Press (2013)
  • Bernstein, P. L.: "Capital Ideas: The Remarkable Origins of Modern Wall Street", Free Press (1992)
  • Bernstein, P. L: "Capital Ideas Evolving", John Wiley & Sons (2007)
  • Calomiris, C. W; Haber, S. H.: "Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit", Princeton University Press (2014)
  • Goetzmann, W. N.: „Money changes everything“, Princeton University Press (2016)
  • Goldsmith, R. W.: „Premodern financial systems: A historical comparative study“, Cambridge University Press (2008)
  • Kindleberger, C. P.: „Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crisis“, John Wiley & Sons, 3rd Edition (1996)
  • MacKenzie, D.: "An Engine, Not a Camera: How Financial Models Shape Markets", MIT Press (2006)
  • Neal, L.: „A Consise History of International Finance“, Cambridge University Press (2015)
  • Rajan, R. G.; Zingales, Luigi: "Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists", Princeton University Press (2004)
  • Mian, A.; Sufi, A.: "House of Debt", University of Chicago Press (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, A.: "Inefficient Markets: An Introduction to Behavioral Finance" , Oxford University Press (2000)
  • Barberis, N. and Thaler, R. H.: "A Survey of Behavioral Finance" , Handbook of the Economics of Finance, Amsterdam: North-Holland (ed. G. Constantinides, M. Harris, and R. Stulz, 2003)

Examination: Written exam (60 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) to Annette Bauer: annette.bauer@hu-berlin.de latest on Monday, 07.10.2019. The application form you find here: https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/en/professuren/bwl/finance/study/application

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



Economics: Lectures (no registration required)


1) Monetary Economics (70881)
  • Lecture+Tutorial (4 hours/week)
  • Prof. Lutz Weinke

1) Why Are Economic Models Useful?

2) The New Keynesian Model and its Empirical Relevance.

3) Welfare Based Evaluation of Monetary Policy.

4) Macroeconomic Stability and Monetary Policy.

5) Rules vs. Discretion.

6) Optimal Monetary Policy under Discretion.

7) Optimal Monetary Policy under Commitment.

8) Monetary and Fiscal Policy.

9) Financial Frictions.

10) Wrapping It Up.

Micro-founded dynamic general equilibrium models have become the standard tool for macroeconomic analysis. This course will provide an introduction into these models and how to work with them. Our baseline New Keynesian model features sticky prices combined with monopolistic competition. That framework has emerged as a powerful tool for monetary policy analysis. Its adoption as the backbone of medium-scale models currently developed by central banks and policy institutions is a clear reflection of its success. Unfortunately, this success has not (yet) inspired anybody to write a textbook which introduces that material to undergraduate students. That's a pity, but this course provides a nice opportunity to learn about the most recent developments in the field of monetary economics in a way that is appropriate for undergraduate students. Related to this, I should also mention that the references mentioned below go (slightly) beyond the level of this course.


  • Clarida, Richard, Jordi Galí, and Mark Gertler (1999): "The Science of Monetary Policy: a New Keynesian Perspective", Journal of Economic Literature, 37(4), 1661–1707.
  • Galí, Jordi (2008): Monetary Policy, Inflation and the Business Cycle, Princeton University Press.

Examination: Written exam (90 min)



Economics: Seminars (registration required!)


1) From Paul A. Samuelson to Elinor Ostrom - History of Economic Thought in the 20th Century (7010910)
  • Seminar (2 hours/week)
  • Dr. Annette Vogt
  • Registration: 01.09.2019 - 30.09.2019 via Email to vogt@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

The seminar "History of Economic Thought in the 20th century" has the focus on the work of economists and mathematicians, who were awarded with the Nobel Prize in Economics, i. e. the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. We will study some economic theories from a historical perspective by investigating significant publications of some of the 76 Laureates between 1969 and 2015. Furthermore, the development of mathematical and statistical methods which became important tools,will be discussed. Active participation is desired; the seminar is for students who are interested in history of economics and mathematical economics.

First, we will sketch the background of the history of economics in general until the present. Second, we will investigate the history of the Nobel Foundation, its Prizes, and the establishment of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Between 1969 and 2015 the Prize has been awarded 47 times to 76 Laureates from different countries and various special fields. Third, we want to study some work of these scholars which contributed to economic thought, by developing either economic theories or special methods for a better understanding of micro- and macroeconomics or using mathematical methods and tools. The exceptional role of mathematics, the close connections between economic theories and mathematical methods and the limits of mathematics will be studied and discussed too. The aim of the seminar is to study classical papers on economics and to analyse them from a historical perspective.

A component fot the seminar is an ungraded presentation.

Maximum number of participants: 25

Literature: Literature will be given at the beginning of the seminar.

Examination: Term paper



Quantitative Methods: Seminars (registration required!)


1) Statistical Programming Languages (701016)
  • Seminar (2 hours/week)
  • Dr. Amanda Fernández Fontelo, Eva Maier
  • 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



Quantitative Methods: Lectures (no registration required)


1) Applied Econometrics (701044)
  • Lecture+Tutorial (4 hours/week)
  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Droge
  • Also for MA students!

The course introduces econometric methods for analyzing cross-sectional data, panel data and time series data and discusses their applicability in practice. The following topics are covered: extensions and applications of the linear model; instrumental variable estimation; binary response models; truncated and censored regression, static panel data models; specification, estimation, validation and forecasting of autoregressive models. The application of these methods is explained and illustrated by means of empirical examples.

Examination: Written Exam (90 min)

2) Generalized Regression (7010322)
  • Lecture+Tutorial (4 hours/week)
  • S. Greven, A. Volkmann
  • Also for MA students!

Details under https://hu.berlin/stat_lehre

Examination: Written Exam (90 min)


3) Statistical Inference I (7010321)
  • Lecture+Tutorial (4 hours/week)
  • S. Greven, L. Steyer
  • Also for MA students!

Details under https://hu.berlin/stat_lehre

Examination: Written Exam (90 min)



Also interesting: Classes "Berlin Perspectives"


A variety of interesting classes you can also choose from:

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