Prof. Dr. Heinz Zimmermann

Professor für Finanzmarkttheorie

Büro 5.38
Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Universität Basel
Peter Merian-Weg 6
Schweiz - 4002 Basel

+41 61 207 33 16
+41 61 207 08 98

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I was born in Bern, Switzerland, where I did my undergraduate studies and earned my diploma (Lizentiat) in Economics and Management in 1981. I then became an assistant of Professor Karl Brunner and did my graduate studies in finance at the University of Rochester, NY. I got my doctorate at the University of Bern in 1985 based on a thesis on the Swiss stock market. After a one-year visiting scholarship at the Economics Department of MIT, Cambridge, MA, I became a lecturer at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Switzerland, while working on my habilitation thesis on option pricing. I was elected Privatdozent in 1989. In the same year, I became an associate professor of Economics and Finance, and in 1990 I was promoted to full professor at the HSG. At the same time, I took charge over the newly established Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance, where I worked until 2001 when I took the new finance chair at the University of Basel.

I taught finance at the University of Basel (since 1988), Bern (since

1999) and institutions such as the Swiss Banking School/ Swiss Finance Institute (SFI), AZEK, Institut für Finanzmarktanalyse (IFFA), and elsewhere. I was a visiting professor at the WHU in Vallendar, from 2001-2003. During my academic career, I served as principal supervisor for some 100 doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers, from which at least 6 hold chaired positions at universities.

My research interest covers empirical asset pricing, risk management, and derivatives. My research group develops and applies econometric models for analyzing topics of public interest (does speculation increase volatility?), for testing asset pricing theories (is illiquidity priced in priavate equity funds?), or for evaluating quantitative investment strategies (do fundamentals lead to superior investment returns?). I am also interested in the history of finance and finance as academic discipline.

I am on the editorial board of the journal Financial Markets and Portfolio Management and the Journal of Derivatives. From 2004-2005 and

2016-2017 I served as co-chairman of the European Financial Management Association. I am a honory fellow of the Swiss Society for Financial Market Research since 2005.

My professional experience also includes some consulting in the financial community, as well a few board memberships. For more details, please click one of the following links, or contact me directly by email.

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Aktuelle Publikationen

Hertrich, Markus und Heinz Zimmermann. 2017 ”On the Credibility of the Euro/Swiss Franc Floor: A Financial Market Perspective”. Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking 49 (2-3): S. 567-578. edoc
Haase, Marco, Yvonne Seiler Zimmermann und Heinz Zimmermann. 2016 ”Ein alternativer Rohstoffindex”. Schweizer Personalvorsorge 29 (06/2016): S. 91-92.
Zimmermann, Heinz. 2016 ”Finanzinnovationen und Risikotransfer auf Kapitalmärkten: Grundsätzliches und Aktuelles”. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Finanzmarktrecht (SZW) 89: S. 574-582.

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Letzte Änderung: 07.09.2017

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