Dieter Wang

PhD Candidate in Financial Econometrics
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Tinbergen Institute

Financial Contagion · Network Econometrics · State-Space Models
What role do financial networks play in the contagious spread of default risk? Do they amplify or do they dampen?

This, in a nutshell, is the guiding question for my research. As a visiting researcher at De Nederlandsche Bank, I'm able to find answers to this crucial question with the help of detailed supervisory datasets. Since contagion is unobserved and inherently dynamic, I develop a new class of spatial econometric state-space models to extract policy-relevant signals of the network. However, because the estimation of such highly nonlinear time series models with stochastic volatilty is challenging, I use simulation-based methods such as importance sampling or particle filters. My research is programmed in Python and I use JavaScript for interactive apps. For example

Visualization of the chain of contagion
From Wang, van Lelyveld and Schaumburg (2017, mimeo) "Fire-sale channels, portfolio overlap networks and the credit spread puzzle"

Seminars and Conferences
 • DNB Research Lunch Seminar, De Nederlandsche Bank
 • 30th Australasian Finance & Banking Conference, UNSW Business School
 • Finance@VU lunch seminar, VU Amsterdam
 • Workshop on spatial and spatio-temporal data analysis, Tohoku University - invited guest speaker
 • International Finance and Banking Society Conference, Saïd Business School, Oxford University
 • 11th World Conference of the Spatial Econometrics Association, Singapore Management University
 • Tinbergen Institute PhD Finance Seminar, Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam
 • VU Econometrics Brown Bag Seminar, VU Amsterdam

Graduate level

Lecturer, Financial Econometrics in Python, Northeast Normal University
TA/Lecturer, Financial Markets and Institutions, VU Amsterdam
TA, Empirical Finance and Accounting (Stata), VU Amsterdam
TA, Advanced Asset Management, Amsterdam Business School
TA, Mathematics I, Tinbergen Institute
TA, Introduction to Programming + LaTeX course (Matlab, Ox), Tinbergen Institute

Undergraduate level

Supervisor, Bachelor Thesis, VU Amsterdam
TA, Finance I, VU Amsterdam
TA, Quantitative Methods of Economics, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
TA, Intermediate Microeconomics, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
TA, Risk and Probability, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
TA, Mathematical Methods of Economics, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Honors and Awards

2017, VU Innovation Prize (€50,000) with Ines Lindner and Bernd Heidergott
2015, DAAD Graduate Scholarship
2014, Tinbergen Institute Scholarship
2012, DAAD Full-Year Exchange Scholarship


Regional Science and Urban Economics


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Department of Finance
7A-47 De Boelelaan 1105
1081HV Amsterdam.