dr. M. (Marta) Szymanowska

Associate Professor
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Member ERIM
Field: Finance & Accounting
Affiliated since 2006

Marta Szymanowska is affiliated with the Department of Finance RSM, Erasmus University and with the ERIM Early Career Talent Program. Her research interests are in empirical asset pricing and (commodity) futures markets. Marta's work has been presented at major academic conferences (the Western Finance or American Finance Association meetings), published in leading academic journals (Journal of Finance, Management Science) and presented in numerous international research institutes (Oxford University, Commodity Futures Trading Commission). Marta holds PhD degree in Finance from Tilburg University, the Netherlands.

*Research interests: *empirical asset pricing, financial markets and the real economy, the cross- sectional and time-series predictability of returns, (commodity) futures markets

  • M. Szymanowska (2006, december 18). Essays on Rational Asset Pricing. CentER Graduate School, Tilburg University (163 pag.) Prom./coprom.: prof. dr. F. de Roon, prof. dr. C. Veld & dr. J. ter Horst.
  • Role: Daily Supervisor
  • PhD Candidate: Roy Verbeek
  • Time frame: 2013 - 2017
  • Role: Co-promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Romulo Trindade Tomé Marques Alves
  • Time frame: 2016 -
  • Role: Daily Supervisor
  • PhD Candidate: Xander Hut
  • Time frame: 2018 -
  • Asset Pricing Theory (2017/2018, 2016/2017)
  • Seminar Asset Pricing 1 (2016/2017)
  • Seminar Asset Pricing 2 (2016/2017)

We are looking for the PhD researchers who will perform research in Management in connection to one of the research themes pursued by the Erasmus Initiative “Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity”. This is an open application, in which candidates are selected on the basis of their proposed topics, their professional qualifications, their motivation, and the extent to which this fits with the profile of the Erasmus Initiative.

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Risks and rewards play a pivotal role in theoretical and empirical research on financial markets. One of the fundamental concepts of asset pricing is that investors are rewarded for bearing risk, through higher expected returns, but that only particular, aggregate and non-diversifiable, sources of risk are priced by the market. However, the notion that security prices are always accurate (the “efficient markets hypothesis”) has been undermined by mounting evidence on incidences of mispricing, “behavioural finance”, and limits to arbitrage. This development has opened the door to idiosyncratic risk and variables related to mispricing being considered as potential determinants of expected returns. Establishing the determinants of asset prices and expected returns of securities in different asset classes remains a key challenge, and a very active area of research. Research on financial markets further considers trading on financial markets, the role of different types of (institutional) investors, the viability of different investment strategies, and also the broader role of financial markets in society.

In this project, which is an umbrella for several potential projects, a number of alternative research problems are collected that provide additional insight into the role of risk, information, and investor behaviour in financial markets. All projects are of an empirical nature and are exploring the wide range of databases that is available at Erasmus University, including data on international stock prices, institutional ownership, mutual fund and hedge fund performance. Key questions are identified and investigated using appropriate and, where necessary, innovative econometric techniques. The first year of the project will be used to get acquainted with potential supervisors and to identify concrete research topics. During the entire project, three or four papers will be written, potentially with different supervisors, which jointly constitute the PhD thesis.

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Research Seminar
As: Speaker
Research Seminar
As: Speaker
  • Fellowship - ERIM early career talent programme (2006)


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