Job Market Candidates 2023/24
Ph.D. Program in Economics

Christian Mücke

Contact Information

Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE
Goethe University Frankfurt
House of Finance
Theodor-W.-Adorno Platz 3
60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Phone: +49 160 92461461
E-Mail, Personal website


Ph.D., Economics, Goethe University Frankfurt, GSEFM program, 2024 (expected)
M.Sc., Economics, University of Bonn, 2017
B.Sc., Economics, University of Bayreuth, 2015

Fields of Specialization

Financial Intermediation, Financial Regulation and Sustainable Finance

Teaching Areas

Empirical Finance, Banking

Curriculum Vitae

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Prof. Loriana Pelizzon, Ph.D.
Professor of Finance
Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE
Goethe University Frankfurt

Anjan V. Thakor
John E. Simon Professor of Finance
Washington University in St. Louis


Prof. Dr. Florian Heider
Professor of Finance
Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE
Goethe University Frankfurt



The Carrot and the Stick: Bank Bailouts and the Disciplining Role of Board Appointments (2021)

Conditionally accepted at American Economic Journal: Economic Policy
Best Paper Award: Conference on Asia-Pacific Financial Markets 2021
Young Researchers Award: International Risk Management Conference 2021

Abstract: We empirically examine the Capital Purchase Program (CPP) used by the US government to bail out distressed banks and its implications for regulatory policy. We find strong evidence that a feature of the CPP - the government's ability to appoint independent directors on the board of an assisted bank that missed six dividend payments to the Treasury - had a significant effect on bank behavior. Banks were averse to these appointments - the empirical distribution of missed payments exhibits a sharp discontinuity at five. Director appointments by the Treasury led to improved bank performance and lower CEO pay. Political connections did not affect appointment decisions.


Bank Dividend Restrictions and Banks’ Institutional Investors (2023)

Abstract: This paper studies the impact of banks' dividend restrictions on the behavior of banks' institutional investors. Using an identification strategy that relies on the within-investor variation and a difference in difference setup, I find that mutual funds, in particular high dividend paying funds, permanently decrease their ownership shares of treated banks during the 2020 dividend restrictions in the Eurozone. Using data before the introduction of the ban reveals a positive relationship between fund ownership and banks' dividend yield, highlighting the importance of dividends for European banks’ fund investors. This reaction has also pricing implications as suggested by a negative relationship between the dividend restriction announcement day cumulative abnormal returns and the percentage of fund owners per bank.