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Niels Hermes

Position and department:
Full Professor of International Finance in the Department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance

Short bio:
Niels Hermes obtained his PhD in 1995 from the University of Groningen. He is currently Professor of International Finance at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the same university. He is also visiting Professor at Solvay Business School, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. His research covers various topics in international finance, development economics and corporate governance. He regularly publishes on these topics in journals such as the Economic Journal, World Development, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance and Corporate Governance: An International Review. He has been involved in research projects on these topics, financed by various organizations and institutions, such as the European Union, DFID, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, SNS Bank, and Montae Pension Advice. He is also the director of the MSc Finance and MSc International Financial Management program and related double degree programs with Uppsala University, Lund University and Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza, at Iasi, Romania.

Niels Hermes’ main areas of expertise include board processes and board diversity, ownership structure and corporate performance and comparative corporate governance.

Ongoing projects:
Niels Hermes is currently involved in a number of research projects in the area of corporate governance in general and board effectiveness in particular.

  1. “Long-termism versus Short-termism”; financed by Eumedion, the Netherlands (joint with Reggy Hooghiemstra and Kees van Veen)
  2. “Eumedion’s Contribution to the Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility of Dutch Listed Companies”; financed by Eumedion, the Netherlands (joint with Reggy Hooghiemstra and Kees van Veen)
  3. “Towards Sustainable Financial Practices”; financed by the University of Groningen (joint with Olha Cherednychenko, Marc Kramer, Boudewijn de Bruin and Rob Alessie)
  4. “Delivering Inclusive Financial Development and Growth”; financed by ESRC-DFID, UK (joint with, Victor Murinde, Lemma Senbet, Robert Lensink, Oliver Morrissey, Chris Green, Stephany Griffith-Jones and others)
  5. “Corporate Governance and Anti-Corruption Policies in Indonesia”; financed by the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) of NUFFIC (joint with Nureni Wijayati and Ron Holzhacker)


  1. Hooghiemstra, Reggy, Niels Hermes and Jim Emanuels, “National Culture and Internal Control Disclosures: A Cross-Country Analysis”, Corporate Governance: An International Review, 23, 4, 2015, pp. 357-377
  2. Mori, Neema, Sougand Golesorkhi, Trond Randøy and Niels Hermes, “Board Composition and Outreach Performance of Microfinance Institutions: Evidence from East Africa”, Strategic Change, 24, 1-2, 2015, 99-113
  3. Veltrop, Dennis, Niels Hermes, Theo Postma and Jakob de Haan, “A Tale of Two Factions: Why and When Factional Demographic Faultlines Hurt Board Performance”, Corporate Governance: An international Review, 2015, 23, 2, 145-160
  4. Munisi, Gibson, Niels Hermes and Trond Randøy, “Corporate Boards and Ownership Structure: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa”, International Business Review, 23, 4, 2014, pp. 785-796
  5. Gonenc, Halit, Niels Hermes and Erik van Sinderen, “Bidders’ Gains and Family Control of Private Target Firms”, International Business Review, 22, 5, 2013, pp. 856-867
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