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These pages provide the latest news about the Department, as well as information about the conferences and events organised by the Department and our related research centres. For earlier news stories and events, click here.

The City

LSE tops list of graduates employed by major investment banks

~ August 2015

A recent study by eFinancial Careers finds that LSE graduates account for a significant 11% proportion of recruits in the 2015 analyst class at Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley. The elite profile of students receiving offers at these top institutions, demonstrates the select band of universities targeted for their graduate recruitment programmes, with competition for places in the front office remaining incredibly intense. Read more.

Professor Sudipto Bhattacharya

New Scholarship Announced in Memory of Professor Sudipto Bhattacharya

~ July 2015

The Department of Finance is very pleased to launch a small number of scholarships covering full fees for the MSc Finance and Economics. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, and have been set up in memory of the late Professor Sudipto Bhattacharya, who taught many MSc Finance and Economics students over the years. Read more.

Robert Shiller

Event video: Irrational Exuberance: as relevant as ever

~ June 2015

Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller cautions that irrational exuberance among investors has only increased since the financial crisis, and explores whether the post-subprime boom may turn out to be another illustration of his influential argument that psychologically driven volatility is an inherent characteristic of all asset markets. This public lecture was recorded at LSE and Chaired by Professor Christopher Polk. Watch now.

Dimitri Vayanos

Professor Dimitri Vayanos wins Best Paper Award

~ May 2015

Professor Dimitri Vayanos, along with co-authors Andrea Buffa (Boston University) and  Paul Woolley  (also London School of Economics), have received the Best Paper Award in Asset Pricing at the  2015 SFS Finance Cavalcade  conference, for their joint paper “Asset Management Contracts and Equilibrium Prices”. The winners were announced at an Awards Reception on May 19.

Read more.

Ulf Lecture

Six Department of Finance Staff Awarded for Teaching Excellence

~ May 2015

We are pleased to announce that Ulf Axelson has been awarded with an LSE Teaching Award, along with five Department of Finance winners of the LSE Class Teacher Award. James Clark, Alex Clymo, Alexander Koriath, Paula LopesLuana Zaccaria have each been recognised for their particular contribution to class teaching at LSE. These annual awards celebrate those who have made a significant contribution to teaching at the School, and therefore we are extremely proud to have had another strong year. Read more.

City of London

LSE Finance Publishes Employment Report 2014

~ April 2015

The latest graduate destination data taken from the 2013/14 class profile, shows that the majority of full-time students have entered analyst level positions, with 55% employed specifically in the Investment Banking industry. The success of students in the job market is demonstrated by the top 5 employers, which were found to be JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, RBS, Deutsche Bank and Barclays Capital, amongst this cohort. Read more. 


Five new Finance faculty members announced for 2015/16

~ April 2015

The Department of Finance is pleased to welcome five new members of faculty for the 2015/16 academic session, who will contribute to both our research profile and teaching excellence. Ashwini Agrawal, Dirk Jenter, Peter Kondor, Martin Oehmke and Hongda Zhong join LSE from NYU Stern, Stanford, the Central European University, Columbia Business School and the Carlson School of Management respectively. Read more.

Juanita Gonzalez-Uribe

LSE Finance academic awarded Leverhulme research funding

~ April 2015

Dr Juanita Gonzalez-Uribe, an Assistant Professor of Finance at LSE, has been awarded research funding by the British Academy. The project, entitled Lobbying and FDA Drug Approval, is co-authored with Lora Dimitrova (Exeter) and Pat Akey (University of Toronto). The Leverhulme grants support outstanding academics based in the UK. 


Dr Ulf Axelson Awarded Brattle Group Distinguished Paper Prize

~ January 2015

Dr Ulf Axelson has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Brattle Group Distinguished Paper Prize at the AFA meeting in Boston for his paper "Borrow Cheap, Buy High? The Determinants of Leverage and Pricing in Buyouts" (co-authored with Tim Jenkinson, Per Strömberg, and Michael Weisbach).

Read more.


LSE ranked 1st in the UK for Business and Management Studies

~ December 2014

The Research Excellence Framework 2014 has ranked LSE as the UK leader for Business and Management Studies. This subject division is a joint submission by Finance, Accounting and Management departments at LSE, and the rating highlights the outstanding level of academic research produced by the department. Read more.

Moqi Xu

Chief Executives get stock sale boost by hoarding good news, according to research by LSE’s Moqi Xu

~ September 2014

Dr Moqi Xu’s new working paper, Strategic News Releases in Equity Vesting Months, demonstrates how chief executives store and time positive press releases to coincide with their own sales of shares, and thereby reap the rewards of short-term increases in price and trading volume. Read more.

Dimitri Vayanos

Professor Dimitri Vayanos elected Fellow of the British Academy

~ July 2014

Professor Dimitri Vayanos of the LSE department of Finance has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy. This prestigious honour is bestowed on the most distinguished academics from a range of fields. Professor Vayanos was one of only 42 UK-based Fellows chosen this year – and one of only two economists. Read more.


ESRC Future Research Leaders grant for LSE academic

~ July 2014

Andrea Vedolin, Assistant Professor of Finance at LSE, has been awarded a major research grant designed to enable outstanding early-career social scientists to become the future world leaders in their field.

The £312’000 of funding from the ESRC will support work entitled ‘Aggregate Duration Risk’. Read more.