Aharon Ofer
Aharon Ofer

FINANCE
Professor of Finance

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Visiting Professor of Finance Aharon Ofer has been a visiting professor of finance at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management since 1983. He is also a full professor in the Graduate School of Business at Tel Aviv University. At Kellogg, Professor Ofer teaches courses in corporate finance.

His research interests are in the areas of investments and corporate finance. He has received grants for research from the Bradley Foundation, Kellogg's Banking Research Center, the Israel Institute of Business Research, and the Pinhas Sapir Center for Development.

Professor Ofer is an author of more than 25 papers published in academic journals, including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, Decision Science, and The Accounting Review. He also serves as a referee for journals in finance and accounting. He has often presented papers at conferences, especially at meetings of the European, Western, and American Finance Associations. His professional activities include chairing the Finance and Accounting Group at Tel Aviv University as well as its curriculum committee at the School of Business from 1987 - 1991.

Professor Ofer received the Best Teacher Award at Kellogg in 1986 and was named an outstanding member of the faculty of Tel Aviv University, 1988. He is a member of the American Finance Association, Western Finance Association, and European Finance Association.

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Grants and Awards
L.G. Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, Kellogg School of Management, 1985

 
Print Research
Articles
Hagerty, KathleenAharon Ofer and Daniel Siegel. 1993. Managerial Compensation and Incentives to Engage in Shortsighted Behavior.
Chari, V.V., Ravi Jagannathan and Aharon Ofer. 1988. Seasonalities in Security Returns: the Case of Earnings Announcements. Journal of Financial Economics. 21(1): 101-121.
Breen, WilliamRavi Jagannathan and Aharon Ofer. 1986. Correcting for Heteroscedasticity in Tests for Market Timing Ability. Journal of Business. 59(4): 585-598.

 
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Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Finance I (FINC-430-0)

This course counts toward the following majors: Analytical Finance, Finance

This course studies the effects of time and uncertainty on decision making. Topics include discounted cash flow valuation, stock and bond valuation, the term structure of interest rates, bond duration, capital budgeting under certainty and uncertainty, portfolio theory, asset pricing models and efficient markets.

The prerequisite for this course is knowledge of probability and statistics through linear regression. This requirement may be satisfied with either (i) prior or concurrent registration in Decision Sciences 434, (ii) sufficient previous course work in statistics. Familiarity with basic financial accounting (Accounting 430) and microeconomics (Managerial Economics 430) is recommended.

To qualify for a Finance I (FINC-430) waiver, you must have passed a comparable course with a grade of A. The type and level of material covered in the course are represented by chapters 1-13 and 23 of the text by Brealey and Myers, Principles of Corporate Finance. You need not request a Finance I waiver to enroll in FINC-440 (Turbo). To help you decide whether you should waive Finance I, take the self-assessment test online at www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/finance/curriculum/finance1waiver.htm.

Finance I/II (FINC-440-0)

This course counts toward the following majors: Analytical Finance, Finance

This course combines the materials of FINC-430 and FINC-441 into an intensive one-quarter course available to One-Year students and first-year students interested in accelerating their studies of finance. Students choosing this option should expect the presentations, readings and other homework to be at least double those of the regular courses. By combining these two courses into one quarter, students are able to take more advanced finance electives during their first year and have the opportunity to include an extra finance elective in their course schedules. Please note that this course carries the weight of one course only. Prerequisites: Knowledge of (a) probability and statistics through linear regression and (b) financial accounting. Requirement (a) may be satisfied with prior or concurrent registration in DECS 434, sufficient previous course work in statistics. Requirement (b) may be satisfied with prior or concurrent registration in ACCT 430 or sufficient previous course work in financial accounting. MECN 430 is recommended.

Finance II (FINC-441-0)

Corporate Finance (FINC-441) covers the financial knowledge you need to run a firm, whether the firm is a multi-billion international conglomerate or a three-person start up. You will learn how to answer the three fundamental question of corporate finance. (1) Capital structure or the funding decision: which source(s) of capital should you use to fund the firm’s project? (2) Capital budgeting or the investment decision: which projects should you invest in? (3) Dividend decision: how should you deploy the capital that the project returns. We will cover the three fundamental methods for valuing projects and firms: discounted cash flow (or net present value), real options, and multiples analysis. The class begins with a theoretical framework. The world of finance is very complex. Without a logical structure that you can use to frame and answer questions, you will rapidly become lost and will be unable to defend your position. The theoretical framework is valuable, however, only if you can use it to examine real world decisions. Thus the majority of class time will be devoted to applying the logical framework. This course is important for anyone who plans to run a firm or a division, who hopes to be involved in the investment or funding decisions of the firm, who plans to work for a service provider who will assist the firm in analyzing these decisions (e.g., banking and consulting), or who plans to invest in firms or advise clients who will invest in firms. Even if you initially specialize in a different functional area, you want to understand how the finance function works. The most brilliant idea isn’t useful if you cannot get it funded.

ACCT-430 and MECN-430 are recommended.