John Yiran Zhu
Assistant Professor of Finance
Research Interests: contracts, corporate finance, game theory, probability
Links: Personal Website
Address: The Finance Department, 2431 SH-DH, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office Fax: 215-898-6200
FNCE928 - Methods In Finance Theory
This doctoral level course introduces students to game theory and continuous-time methods. Both techniques represent fundamental approaches to organizing, modeling and understanding complex financial phenomena. The game theory half will cover equilibrium concepts, moral hazard, signaling and screening. Highlights include rigorous formulations and analyses of the perfect Bayesian equilibrium concept and the principal-agent relationship. Both ideas are central to theories of corporate finance and financial markets - subjects that the students will be exposed to in the spring. The continuous-time methods half will cover basic stochastic calculus and applications to capital structure, Merton's consumption-portfolio, and problem and optimal contracts.