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Research in Regulation

  • Teacher(s):   N.Rudolf  
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 3 credits
  • Schedule: Autumn Semester 2022-2023, 2.0h. course (weekly average)
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  • Related programme: Master of Science (MSc) in Accounting, Control and Finance
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The course equips master students with the necessary toolkit to execute their own empirical accounting research project during their master thesis. The course offers an introduction to current methods in empirical accounting research, provides insights on how to perform a literature review, elaborates on structuring a master thesis, and how to employ Stata to analyze large datasets.

Learning outcomes: Students are able to understand and evaluate research questions, contribution, and research methods of current research papers on accounting-related issues. Students are also able to develop their own research questions and successfully execute their master thesis projects.


The bi-weekly lectures provide students with the theoretical concepts to write their master thesis. Students will be given the opportunity to present their research question, literature, and results. In-class discussions and student presentations are an essential part of this lecture.

The course is organized in four main parts:

(1) Thesis Structure & Literature Review

(2) Applied Econometrics in Stata

(3) Research Design Issues

(4) Result Interpretation


Veenman, D. (2019), Introductory Guide to Using Stata in Empirical Financial Accounting Research. Available free of charge after registration at:

Stock, J. H., & Watson, M. W. (2019). Introduction to econometrics. Pearson, Harvard.
Older editions of the book are also fine.

Gassen, J. [2014]. Causal inference in empirical archival financial accounting research. Accounting, Organizations, and Society, 39(7), pp. 535–544.


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First attempt

Without exam (cf. terms)  

A successful completion of the course will earn you 3 ECTS. Grading is based on your performance in the student presentations (70%) and class participation (30%).


Without exam (cf. terms)  

The retake exam is a presentation including Q&A of 1h.

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