Knut Wicksell Centre for Financial Studies

The Knut Wicksell Centre for Financial Studies (Knut Wicksells centrum för finansvetenskap) has received funding from VINNOVA to establish a centre for finance at the Lund University School of Economics and Management (LUSEM).

The basic goal of the Wicksell Centre is to conduct high-quality research in the finance area, and to engage in mutually beneficial collaboration with practitioners. In more specific terms the activities focus on:

  • attaining high quality in research;
  • asserting the relevance of its activities in interaction with practitioners;
  • building an attractive environment for research and outreach in order to recruit new researchers – on permanent, time-limited and visiting basis – nationally and internationally.

The Wicksell Centre conduct multidisciplinary research and education, drawing from the resources of one of Scandinavia’s biggest universities, exploiting links to several departments and institutions. Research at the Centre is organised in three thematic platforms:

The Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) in Stockholm is an important part of the Centre. While LUSEM has broad strengths in financial research, IFN has strong competences and networks in corporate finance, entrepreneurship, venture capital, innovation and growth. Together, these strengths make the Knut Wicksell Centre of Financial Studies well equipped to deal with current and future challenges within the multidisciplinary field of finance.

News and events

Recent Events

Here you can find the schedules for Academic Seminars and Brownbag Seminars organized by the Centre.


The Wicksell Centre organized a kickoff conference for the Centre’s researchers on September 8-9, 2014.

The kickoff took place at Bäckaskog Castle. It included discussions regarding the evaluation report and future activities at the Centre. PhD students and researchers also shared their experiences from participation in conferences and external courses. Around 30 participants attended the event. Click here to see the pictures from the kickoff.


As of May, 2014, Dr. Hans-Peter Bermin is affiliated with our Centre. Hans-Peter holds a PhD from Lund University and he is an Executive Director of a major financial company  (London branch), within the Quantitative Research, Fixed Income, division.

Prof. Paul Söderlind from the University of St. Gallen visited the Centre from April 22 to April 28. He was giving a talk on FX liquidity on April 22 at 1.15pm in Alpha’s seminar room. 

Paul’s specialization is macrofinance and he graduated with a PhD in Economics from Princeton in 1993. Before moving to Switzerland, he was a faculty member at the Stockholm School of Economics. 

Symposium on ”Financial Stability”

On March 14, from 9.15am to noon, the Knut Wicksell Centre organized a symposium on ”Financial Stability.” Speakers at this event were Per Fremlin (bank expert), Stefan Ingves (Governor of the Central Bank of Sweden), Bo Lundgren (Chairman of Sparbanken Öresund) and Birgitte Søgaard (Head of Financial Stability at the Central Bank of Denmark).




Knut Wicksell Centre for Financial Studies

Phone: +46 46 222 0000