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Chair of Entrepreneurship & Finance

Research

The Institute for Entrepreneurship and Finance aims at conducting internationally visible research and thus contributing to the international profile of Zeppelin University.
The institute’s current research projects can be found in Zeppelin University’s research database.

Topics and Issues at the Chair for Entrepreneurship and Finance

Corporate Finance and Financial Systems

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How do the financing practices of corporations change in the course of the business cycle? Which characteristics distinguish the financing of SMEs? When do corporations decide to “go public”? How are capital increases safeguarded? Will the financial systems of industrialized nations become aligned further and further? What are the characteristics of financing structures in China?

Liquidity of the Market and Liquidity Needs

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What is liquidity? Why can the liquidity of markets suddenly dry up? How can enterprises and financial institutions support their liquidity needs? What are the advantages and disadvantages of short and long term liquidity protection? What link is there between liquidity need and the structure of the traded financial instruments?

Financial Crises and Currency Crises

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How do financial crises emerge? What are contagion effects? How does the interaction between financial crises and currency crises work? Can a monetary union of heterogeneous countries be sustained? Can monetary policy prevent financial crises and currency crises? In light of the global financial crisis, what challenges does the regulatory structure of the financial sector face?

Regulation of Capital Markets and Financial Institutions

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What are the economic effects of derivative financial instruments, such as CDS (Credit Default Swaps) and how should those instruments be regulated? Which transparency requirements should there be for the trade of financing instruments? Should the compensation structure of the financial sector be regulated? What could the regulatory structure of a monetary union look like, taking into account the tension between the sovereignty of the nation state and the requirements of central governance?

Economic Analysis of Social Capital

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What is social capital? What economic consequences may result from a low level of social capital? How is social capital reduced? Which mechanisms support the building up of social capital? How can the political system provide support? Why does social capital have such long term effects? How is social capital destroyed? What are the intergenerational effects of social capital?

Alternative Investments and Corporate Governance

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What are alternative investments? What economic effects arise from investing in alternative investment vehicles? What is the connection between a corporation’s investment in alternative investment vehicles and its corporate governance? How does the investment behaviour of activist shareholders in different corporate governance systems impact portfolio companies and competitor companies?

Epistemology and Methodology of Economics

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What are the basic assumptions and thinking patterns of economics? What are epistemological and methodological problems of the central concepts of economics, such as utility maximization, needs, methodological individualism, market, decisions, expectation and rationality? How is the progress of economics as a science to be evaluated?