The course reviews several topics in corporate finance and closely related topics that are increasingly incorporated into corporate finance research. It focuses primarily on managers of real and, to lesser extent, financial assets. As such, the course deals with the recent work on the four aspects of the firm’s budget equation (profitability, external financing, optimal investment and payouts); capital structure; firm focus and diversification; corporate governance, social responsibility and compensation; and the effect on other firm stakeholders and of exogenous shocks.
The main objective of the Comprehensive Examination is to assess the mastery of core knowledge in the field of study. A secondary objective is to assess the knowledge in the specific areas in which the thesis topic is structured. The examination takes the format of a written take-home exam and is written by the end of the second year of the program. After successful completion, the student is admitted to candidacy for the degree.
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