"I really enjoy the multinational working and research environment with highly qualified and open-minded fellow students from all over the world." Behnaz Gholami, CDSB

Fabian Brunner


Fabian Brunner obtained both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Business from the University of Mannheim in 2014 and 2016, respectively.  Parts of his studies were conducted at San Diego State University, California funded through the Business School’s scholarship program. From September 2015 on he was enrolled in the Business Research Program in Finance and successfully transferred to the PhD program in Finance at the GESS in September 2016. He is a research and teaching assistant at the Chair of International Finance of Prof. Dr. Stefan Ruenzi, who is also his supervisor. Fabian Brunner gained first experience in empirical research as a student assistant to the department “International Finance and Financial Management” at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). In addition, he gained practical experience in quantitative portfolio management and finance through several internships.

Research Interests

Mutual Funds

Behavioral Finance 

Empirical Asset Pricing

Why I chose the University of Mannheim and in particular the GESS

The University of Mannheim offers a great environment for studies and research at low costs. Academic research at top levels is produced in several areas and alumni are also respected in the business world. The GESS is a well-organized and efficiently run organization that offers a good and structured PhD program that shows a true commitment to academic research.

A description of my fellow doctoral students

A heterogeneous crowd of curious, motivated and self-disciplined people.

My most challenging experience within the program

Making a decision about the very specific area of research that you want to look at the beginning of the research phase of your PhD.

My advice for prospective students

Although the first two semester of the programs make it easy to excessively focus on the courses, also take some time to think about research that you are specifically interested in and briefly follow interesting new publications in the top-tier literature. After all, our goal is to produce valuable research!

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26th Annual Meeting of the German Finance Association (DGF)
Place: Essen, Germany

1st Conference on Behavioral Research in Finance, Governance, and Accounting
Place: Gießen, Germany

5th European Retail Investment Conference
Place: Stuttgart, Germany

American Finance Association Annual Meeting
Place: Atlanta, USA

Research Stay at Aalto University
Place: Helsiniki, Finland

American Finance Association Annual Meeting
Place: Philadelphia, USA

Summer School "Dynamic and Non-linear Panel Data Models"
Place: Barcelona, Spain