DRE 4027 Asset Pricing Theory II

DRE 4027 Asset Pricing Theory II

Course code: 
DRE 4027
Course coordinator: 
Costas Xiouros
Course name in Norwegian: 
Asset Pricing Theory II
Product category: 
PhD Finance courses
2023 Spring
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Course type: 
One semester

The objective of this course, which is divided into two parts, is to undertake a rigorous study of the fundamental theories of modern financial economics regarding the role of asset markets and the determination of asset prices. Specifically, this course will give the students an overview of the field of asset pricing theory and will prepare the students for independent research in both empirical and theoretical asset pricing. We will work principally in discrete-time settings, but we may also introduce some analysis in continuous time. The course will cover the central themes of choice under uncertainty, static and dynamic portfolio choice, equilibrium, efficiency, and asset prices. We will cover both consumption-based as well as production-based theories and we will look at these theories in relation to both the cross-section and the time-series dimension of asset prices.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

At the end of part 2 of this course, the students will know

  • how dynamic theories of asset prices explain observed characteristics of stock and bond prices
  • how investor heterogeneity and market incompleteness modify the predictions from the representative or complete market setting
  • information aggregation in markets with asymmetric information
  • basics of option and risk-neutral pricing 
Learning outcomes - Skills

Upon successful completion, students will be able to derive asset pricing implications and testable hypotheses of various models.

General Competence

Upon successful completion, students will be able to provide the economic intuition of various models in explaining asset prices and understand the challenges of the current theories.

Course content
  • Habit-formation preferences
  • Long-run risk
  • Heterogeneous agents and incomplete markets
  • Term-structure of interest rates
  • REE with asymmetric information
  • Introduction to option pricing
Teaching and learning activities


Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information



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Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Required prerequisite knowledge


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Form of assessment: 
Written submission
Support materials: 
  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
  • Monolingual dictionary, English-English
3 Hour(s)
Exam code: 
DRE 40271
Grading scale: 
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 3 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 80 hours.