Conference on Banking and the State

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CfP Deadline Date:
August 31, 2020

Conference Event:
February 23, 2021

Event Location:
Frankfurt am Main, Germany or Online

Leibniz Institute for Financial Research (SAFE), Institute for Banking and Financial History (IBF) and the European Association for Banking and Financial History (eabh)

The strength of the public sector is a significant characteristic of the German banking market and has been much discussed since the 1960s, particularly from the competition angle. Although European regulation has weakened the position of public banks, the debate on the state’s involvement in banking has gained momentum since the financial crisis and the COVID-19 crisis. Recent economic research has dealt with the increasing importance of the state’s involvement in the finance sector (in Germany: Sparkassen, Landesbanken, Förderbanken), the reasons behind it and an evaluation of the effects.

We welcome paper proposals from a historical and an economic perspective that investigate:

  • the emergence and role of state-owned banks in Europe and the formation of a dichotomy between the private and public banking sectors before 1945;
  • the impact of development and other state-owned banking on the private sector in the second half of the 20th century due to the potential crowding-out/competitive effects;
  • the potential shift in the relative strength of the pillars and structure of the banking sector in the aftermath of the financial and the COVID-19 crises, the role of regulation and the European Commission’s action plan fostering the Capital Markets Union;
  • comparisons of the model of public sector development financing (Förderbanken) with the Anglo-Saxon model of private sector innovation funding (venture capital).

Further Information:

Please send per email a three-page abstract or a complete manuscript with a short bio (no longer than 10 lines). The deadline for submitting proposals is 31 August 2020. You will be notified whether your submission has been accepted by 31 October 2020.

Due to the Corona pandemic, the conference is now planned to be held either in a hybrid format (in-person and online contributions) or, if needed, in a virtual format.

Accommodation and travel expenses for active participants will be covered (within a set budget).

For questions please contact Carmen Hofmann or Hanna Floto-Degener.

Link CfP: Conference on Banking and the State