Master Thesis - HWS 2017

Prerequisites & Schedule

The allocation of Diploma and Master Theses in HWS 2017 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. Maug, Prof. Ruenzi, Prof. Terberger, Prof. Theissen, Prof. Weber) .

2. Topics

T1. Financial Institutions and Economic Growth
T2. Tick Size and the Fragmentation of Trading
T3. Tick Size, Internalization, and Mini Flash Crashes
T4. The relative trading volume of index futures
T5. Liquidity and Asset Prices
T6. Bitcoin Market Integration and Contagion
T7. Intermediary Asset Pricing
T8. Quality of Firms and the Implication for Anomalies
T9. The Gender Quota for German Supervisory Boards
T10. The Value of the Chairman of the Board
T11. What do consumption trend deviations tell us about future stock returns?
T12. Macroeconomic risk and momentum dynamics
T13. Time-varying risk and the cross-section of momentum returns
T14. Cross-sectional risk premia and the ICAPM


3. Presentation of Master Thesis Topics

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

1:30-2:30 pm: LS Theissen

2:30-3:15 pm: LS Maug

3:15-4:00 pm: LS Ruenzi

4:00-5:15 pm: LS Weber/Wimmer


The presentation of the master thesis topics can be found on ILIAS (FIN  704 ,,Vorstellung der Masterarbeitsthemen für das HWS 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, Jun 26 - Friday, June 30, 2017

Please submit your priority list by using the following link:

6. Assignment of Master Thesis topics

Wednesday, August 16, 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, August 16 - Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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

8. Start of processing time

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

9. Master thesis seminar



10. Submission deadline

Friday, December 22, 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).