Master Thesis - FSS 2017

Prerequisites & Schedule

The allocation of Diploma and Master Theses in FSS 2016 takes place in coordination with the Chairs of Prof. Maug, Prof. Niessen-Ruenzi, Prof. Ruenzi and Prof. Weber.

1. Prerequisites for the Assignment of a Master Thesis

You must have successfully completed one seminar of the area "Banking, Finance, and Insurance" (Prof. Albrecht, Prof. Bühler, Prof. Maug, Prof. Ruenzi, Prof. Terberger, Prof. Theissen, Prof. Weber) .

2. Announcement of topics

Monday, February 20, 2017

3. Presentation of Master Thesis Topics

Thursday, February 23, 2017 (L9, 1-2, Room 001)

1:30-2:45 pm Theissen

2:45-3:45 pm Albrecht

3:45-4:45 pm Ruenzi

4:45-5:45 pm Maug

5:45-6:45 pm Wimmer

The presentation of the master thesis topics can be found on ILIAS (FIN  704 ,,Vorstellung der Masterarbeitsthemen für das FSS 2017")


4. Stata Tutorial

For participants in a seminar and master or diploma students writing an empirical thesis at the chair of the Area of Finance (not only the Chair of Finance), tutorials on empirical work with Stata and the databases of the University of Mannheim (e.g. CRSP or Compustat) will be offered at the beginning of each semester. 

These tutorials are no mandatory prerequisite for writing a seminar, master or diploma thesis and are solely offered to help students prepare efficiently for empirical scientific work. Therefore you will receive no ECTS for participating.

For further information regarding the Stata tutorial please click here.


5. Application (online)

The application form can be filled out online between

Monday, March 6 - Friday, March 10, 2017

Please submit your priority list by using the following link:

6. Assignment of Master Thesis topics

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The assignment of Master Thesis topics can be found here.

Please contact your advisor after the assignment of Diploma/Master thesis topics. Please notice the "Guide to Scientific Writing".


7. Period of registration

Wednesday, March 22 - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

At the secretary of Prof. Theissen, office hours 9-12 am.

8. Start of processing time

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

9. Master thesis seminar



10. Submission deadline

Friday, July 28, 2017 (12 noon)


Two hardcopies and one electronic version (preferable as PDF-file) of your diploma/master thesis have to be handed in at the chair of Prof. Theissen (office hours 9-12 am).


11. Topics


T1. Financial Institutions and Economic Growth

T2. Trading Frictions, Informed Trading, and Returns

T3. Sell-Side Research Payment and Performance

T4. Limit Order Book Dynamics Across Multiple Exchanges

T5. Liquidity and Asset Prices

T6. Quality of Firms and the Implication for Anomalies

T7. Profitability, Accruals and the Cross-Section of Stock Returns

T8. Politics and the Stock Market

T9. Shareholder Power

T10. The Market for Outside Directorships

T11. Return predictability around the world

T12. Price-output ratio and international stock returns

T13. Macroeconomic risk and investment dynamics

T14. Time-varying risk and the cross-section of investment returns