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Financial Econometrics (Econometrics)
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The study programme

The study programme of the Financial Econometrics specialisation track centers on mathematical and statistical techniques and their application to financial models and time series. You will master econometric techniques from a financial perspective, using them to support portfolio management and value securities. Through practical application on financial data, you will interpret results from a financial standpoint, honing your expertise in the complex mathematics of the financial economy.

The programme

Financial Econometrics is one of the tracks of the MSc Econometrics. During your Master's you will follow 4 general courses and 5 track-specific courses and electives. You will finish with a thesis.  If you have excellent analytical and leadership abilities, and it is your goal to use applied research to tackle complex real-life problems, you can participate in our Honours programme. There is also an opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree in both Econometrics and Mathematics, if you opt for a Double Degree Master’s programmes

  • Compulsory courses

    Advanced Econometrics I

    In this course you will gain a deep understanding of econometric theory, practice and inference. You will learn how to apply advanced econometric techniques in practice, extend available methods for particular applications and how to implement them in a matrix programming environment. Also you will learn to understand and derive their statistical properties.

    Theory of Markets

    In this course you will study the microeconomic theory of perfect and imperfect competition. Learn under what conditions markets perform well as a means to organise economic activity (and under what conditions they do not).

    Data Science Methods

    In this course you will cover the basic theory of multivariate data analysis and of statistical methods in data science. You will focus on the most relevant multivariate techniques, as well as their application to econometric data in computer lab sessions. We will introduce you to Python, NumPy and pandas, data scraping, cleaning and wrangling.

    Advanced Econometrics II

    In this course you will build upon the general knowledge you acquired in Advanced Econometrics 1. You will gain a deep understanding of econometric theory, acquire the technical skills to conduct inference and be able to implement these techniques using software like MATLAB, R or Python.

  • Track-specific courses

    Financial Mathematics for Insurance

    In this course you learn the basic principles of asset pricing and risk mitigation on a market consistent basis. The underlying principle for this course is the notion that the market consistent value of an insurance or pension contract is based on the market value of the best possible replicating portfolio plus a possible add-on for the remaining (unhedgeable) residual risk. Therefore we provide you with an introduction to mathematical techniques which can be used in complete markets, such as those for equity and interest derivatives.

    Stochastic Calculus

    In this course, you learn the elements of probability theory, stochastic processes and stochastic calculus relevant in the analysis of financial derivatives. You focus on the mathematical concepts and techniques and to a lesser extent on their application in pricing and hedging derivatives.

    Financial Econometrics

    In this course, you learn about linear time series analysis, volatility models, value at risk, VAR models and co-integration, multivariate volatility and correlation models, high-frequency data and realized variance. You will apply your knowledge to empirical data using Python and R.

    Mandatory electives: semester 1

    Choose 1 out of 2 electives:

    • CED 1: Learning, Stability and Chaos

    • Health Econometrics: Empirical Research

    Mandatory electives: semester 2

    Choose 1 out of 7 electives:

    • Economic and Financial Network Analysis
    • Environmental Econometrics: Empirical Research
    • Machine Learning in Finance
    • Real Estate and Alternative Investments
    • Real Estate Finance
    • Topics in Microeconometrics
    • Behavioural Macro and Finance
  • Thesis

    The academic programme culminates in a thesis, which allows you to engage with state-of-the-art data analysis and statistical techniques. The Master’s thesis is the final requirement for your graduation. It is your chance to dive deep into a topic in your field of choice (track) that you are enthusiastic about, and allows you to do an independent research project. A professor of your track will supervise and support you in writing your thesis.

  • Honours programme

    If you are a student of the Econometrics MSc and you have a record of academic excellence, a critical mind and an enthusiasm for applied research, then our Econometrics Honours programme is a great opportunity for you.

  • Double Degree Master's programme

    If you want to pursue a Master’s degree in Econometrics as well as in Mathematics, you can opt for one of our Double Degree Master’s programmes:

    • Master's in Double Degree Programme in Econometrics and Mathematics. In combination with all specialisations of the MSc in Econometrics.
    • Double Degree Master's programme Econometrics and Stochastics and Financial Mathematics. In combination with the specialisation Financial Econometrics of the MSc in Econometrics.
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Contemporary issues

Examples of relevant issues that could be discussed in your classroom.

  • Value at Risk (VaR) and Expected Shortfall (ES) are extensively employed risk metrics within the field of finance. Financial econometrics investigates different techniques for accurately estimating these measures, such as historical simulation, parametric models, and Monte Carlo methods.
  • The analysis of high-frequency data has gained prominence due to the growing accessibility of financial data at a granular timescale. Researchers can now more precisely examine intraday patterns, market microstructure, and volatility dynamics. This involves various models, such as realised volatility and market impact analysis.
  • Activa pricing
  • What is the neural circuitry involved in financial and social decision-making?
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