Prof. Dr. Christoph Merkle

Associate Professor of Finance

Christoph Merkle is Associate Professor of Finance at Kühne Logistics University. From 2012 to 2017 he was Assistant Professor of Finance and Banking at the University of Mannheim, where he also obtained his PhD. Before, he studied Economics at the University of Cologne. He was a visiting scholar at Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, and Aalto University.

Merkle’s research interests include Behavioral Finance, Household Finance, Experimental Economics, Decision Research, and Financial Forecasting. Among other topics, he analyzes how individual investors convert their beliefs and preferences into actions in financial markets. He has extensively studied phenomena such as investor overconfidence and loss aversion. He further analyzes how financial professionals (in particular analysts) process information and form expectations. In newer work, he explores imminent societal challenges such as digitalization and demographic change. For example, he examines financial technology companies (FinTechs) and how their customers accept them.

Merkle teaches courses on Corporate Finance, Corporate Valuation, Consumer Finance, International Finance, and Sustainable Financial Management. Besides KLU, he has taught at ALBA Graduate Business School Athens, University of Mannheim, University of Münster, and University of Cologne.

For more details about Christoph Merkle, including downloads of research articles and working papers, please visit his academic homepage at christophmerkle.github.io/.

Selected Publications

Academic Positions

Since 2017Associate Professor of Finance at Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany
2012-2017Assistant Professor of Finance at University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
2015Visiting Researcher at Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, Durham, NC, USA
2013Visiting Researcher at Aalto University, School of Business, Helsinki, Finland
2010-2012Research and Teaching Assistant at University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

Education

2011PhD in Finance (Dr. rer.pol.) at University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
2007M.A. Economics (Dipl.-Volkswirt) at University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany