Knut Wicksell Centre for Financial Studies

Announcement and Call for Papers

PhD Contest in Entrepreneurship and Finance in memory of Ola Bengtsson

We invite PhD students to submit papers on entrepreneurship, small firms and venture capital, broadly defined. Papers should be submitted electronically to no later than February 1st, 2015. 

A committee will select one of the papers submitted. The author will be invited to present his/her paper during  a conference in Lund, Sweden, on the 28th and 29th of May, 2015. All expenses related to the conference will be reimbursed through generous support from the Kauffman Foundation, which also supported Ola during his PhD studies. The committee’s decision will be communicated by March 15th, 2015. Please find more information here.

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

Upcoming Events

The Knut Wicksell offers the course within its Doctoral Course Program: 
Date and location:
Monday March 9 (morning) to Friday March 13, 2015 (afternoon);
Knut Wicksell Centre for Financial Studies, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

Application: The course is open to a limited number of participants. Send a cover letter, your CV, and a recommendation letter from your advisor to Elisabeth Gustafsson ( before February 1, 2015.

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

Past Events

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.


Knut Wicksell Centre for Financial Studies

Phone: +46 46 222 0000