Content of the course. Part I - Topics in Finance (Marchica)
The course unit focuses on the core issues of corporate finance: corporate financial policy, corporate governance, and corporate investment decisions. The aim of the first part is to provide an understanding (from both a theoretical and empirical standpoint) of the central decision problem in corporate finance: capital structure and the maturity of debt. The course unit then moves on to consider the increasingly important area of corporate governance, ownership and control, and the relationship between corporate governance and firm performance. Finally, it examines the literature on the determinants of corporate investment decisions, providing an overview of both the theoretical background underlining investment decisions in incomplete capital markets and the empirical problems of this subject.
Part II - Term Structure Modeling (Berardi)
The objective of the course is to provide an in-depth understanding of term structure models for both risk-free and defaultable bonds. The aim is to provide a balance between theoretical issues and empirical implementation.
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