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Research interests

Driessen's research focuses on derivative markets, in particular markets for credit derivatives, equity options and interest rate options. In addition, Driessen studies the performance of private equity funds, the optimal choice of investment portfolios, and the trading behavior of investors.

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Employment and fellowships

Professor of Finance, Tilburg University, August 2009 - ...

Professor of Finance, University of Amsterdam, October 2007 - July 2009

Associate Professor of Finance, University of Amsterdam, March 2005 - September 2007

Assistant Professor of Finance, University of Amsterdam, March 2001 - March 2005


Senior researcher Netspar, April 2005 - ...

CEPR research fellow, 2009 - ...

Tinbergen Institute Fellow, 2004 - ...


Ph.D. student at CentER, Tilburg University, August 1997 - February 2001

Visiting Ph.D. student, Department of Economics, University of Chicago, March 2000 - June 2000. 



Vice-dean of Research, TiSEM, September 2018 - ...

Head of Finance Department, Tilburg, June 2012 - July 2016

Head of Finance Department Amsterdam, May 2008 - July 2009

Teaching coordinator Finance: January 2007 - July 2009

Program director Msc Business Economics Finance, Sept 2006 - Sept 2008

Recruitment committee: 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

MIF/MBA Exam committee: Sept 2005 - Sept 2008

PhD supervision

 PhD Thesis Supervision

Otto van Hemert (graduated June 2006, joint with Frank de Jong, placement: assistant professor at NYU)

Tse-Chun Lin (graduated December 2009, placement: assistant professor at Hong Kong University)

Dion Bongaerts (graduated June 2010, joint with Frank de Jong, placement: assistant professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Juan-Miguel Londono-Yarce (graduated 2011, joint with Lieven Baele, placement: Federal Reserve Board)

Patrick Tuijp (joint with Alessandro Beber, graduation planned June 2016, placement: postdoc at University of Amsterdam)

Ran Xing (graduated May 2016, placement: postdoc at Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Zorka Simon (joint with Theo Nijman, graduation 2016, placement: postdoc at University of Mannheim)

Ivo Kuiper (graduation 2017)

Jac. Kragt (graduation 2018, joint with Frank de Jong)

Jeroen van Zundert (graduation 2018)

Current students:

Ricardo Barahona

Joren Koeter

David Zerbib

Tomas Jankauskas

Current courses

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External positions

Advice and coaching for academics (Academic Leader Advice)

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  • Financial Markets
  • Investment
  • Options
  • Interest Rates
  • Bonds


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