Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject aims to expose doctoral students to cutting-edge scholarship in current research issues and skills in finance. It covers theoretical and empirical papers relating to efficient markets and behavioural finance hypotheses, event study methodology, operating performance and abnormal returns measurement, payout policy, capital structure, equity issuance, corporate governance, signalling and information asymmetry, asset pricing, and endogeneity issues. The subject will also develop high-level writing, speaking and critical thinking skills required by students to undertake finance research. Upon successful completion of this subject,students will develop a framework for addressing research propositions, obtain in-depth knowledge of finance theory and practice, understand the interface between theoretical models and empirical tests of these models, and gain the ability to develop and resolve finance research questions and communicate the results.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBala Balachandran

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate what is meant by theory, and explain its role in finance research.

Seminars, readings, class discussions and all four assessment items.

02. Compare, contrast and critically evaluate selected theories of finance.

Seminars, readings, class discussions and assessment item one.

03. Demonstrate high-level writing, speaking and critical thinking skills in describing and assessing the utiity of finance theories and empirical propositions.

Readings, class discussion and all four assessment items.

04. Ability to conduct finance research and be able to articulate, express and present these research findings.

Class discussion and assessment item two.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGreg Jamieson

Class requirements

One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 4000 word individual assignmentEmpirical Research Project50 01, 02, 03
Class Participation10 01, 03, 04
One 2000 word referee report (a critique of a published paper)20 01, 03
Two 30-minute class contribution (spoken assignment)The class contribution item is an assessment of students' speaking skills as they pertain to articulating advanced finance theory. To assess speaking skills, a discrete spoken exercise conducted individually or in pairs is envisaged.20 01, 02, 03