Master Thesis HWS 2022

General Information

The Chair of Finance (Prof. Dr. Erik Theissen) supervises master theses in every semester. The allocation of master theses takes place in coordination with the chairs of Prof. Maug, Prof. Niessen-Ruenzi, Prof. Ruenzi, and Prof. Spalt.

You must have successfully completed a seminar with one of the chairs of the Finance Area (FIN 7XX) in order to participate. As most topics require to work empirically, some knowledge of statistics and econometrics is useful and participants should be motivated to undertake empirical work. You should write your thesis in English.

Time Schedule

1. Presentation of Topics

The master thesis topics will be announced on Tuesday, September 06, 2022 on the homepage of each Chair. The presentation of master thesis topics takes place on Wednesday, September 07, 2022 (online) between 1:30 and 6:00 pm. Below you find a rough timetable for the presentation of the master theses.

13.30LS Ruenzi
14.15LS Maug
15.00LS Spalt
15.45LS Theissen
16.30LS Niessen-Ruenzi

The presentation of the master thesis topics can be found here.


2. Application (online)

The online application form for the master thesis is between Thursday, September 08, 2022 and Friday, September 16, 2022. Please submit your priority list by using the application form.

3. Assignment of Topics

The assignment of master thesis topics takes place on Thursday, September 22, 2022. You will find the assignment of topics on the website of the finance area. Please contact your advisor after the assignment of master thesis topics. Please notice the “Thesis/Seminar Guidelines”.

4. Period of Registration

The period of registration for the master thesis is between Thursday, September 22, and Tuesday, September 27, 2022. Please register at the secretary's office of Prof. Theissen (office hours: 9:00am-12:00pm).


5. Start of Processing Time

Start of the processing time is Tuesday, September 27, 2022.


6. Colloquium

The master thesis colloquium will be on Friday, November 25, 2022 9:00 AM – 05:00 PM. You are only required to attend the session you are assigned to, but welcome to join others. You will find detailed information here.

7. Submission Deadline

Two hardcopies and one electronic version (preferable as PDF-file) of your master thesis have to be handed in on Friday, January 27, 2023 (12:00pm) at the secretary's office of Prof. Theissen (office hours: 9:00am-12:00pm).



LS Theissen

T1. Shrinking Stock Markets?

T2. Tokenized Stocks

T3. Cryptocurrency Performance and Attention

T4. Replicating Anomalies: Transaction Costs and Trading Frictions

T5. More than a Fluke? Investment Strategies of the Robinhood Crowd

T6. Is Dividend Juicing A Problem in Passive Funds?

T7. How do academic research affect investment performance?

T8. Revisit the Russell reconstitution effect

The presentation of the master thesis topics can be found here​​​​​​​.


Previous Topics

LS Theissen

T1. Price Pressure Revisited: The Case of Dividend Payments in Germany

T2. Decentralized Exchanges

T3. Commonality across Time Zones

T4. Disposition Effect and Earnings Announcements: Do Mutual Funds Cause Underreaction to News?

T5. Event Study: Cryptocurrency Forking

T6. Do Investors Compare ETF Returns to Peers?

T7. What is in a nominal price: Non-proportional thinking in stock market

T8. Long-run IPO Underperformance and Firm Characteristics: Evidence from Germany



Further Information

  • Stata Tutorial

    For participants in a seminar and master or diploma students writing an empirical thesis at a chair of the Area of Finance (not only the Chair of Finance), a course on empirical work with Stata and the databases of the University of Mannheim (e.g. CRSP ot Compustat) will be offered at the beginning of each semester. The name of the course is FIN 604 – Stata in Finance.

    This course is no mandatory prerequisite for writing a seminar, master or diploma thesis and are solely offered to help students prepare efficiently for empirical scientific work.