Course dates: 14 June – 02 July 2021
Course Directors: Veerle Colaert (KU Leuven University); Matteo Gargantini (University of Utrecht)
Guest Instructors: Federico della Negra (European Central Bank); Eugenia Macchiavello (University of Genova); Diego Valiante (University of Bologna)
Interview Partners: Francesco Costantino (Regulatory Consulting), Christiane Hölz (DSW/Better Finance), Rainer Riess (FESE)
Area: Regulation, Supervision and Resolution
Target: EU Officials (ECB, SSM, SRB, ESRB, EBA, ESMA, ESM), National Supervisory Authorities, economists and risk managers in financial institutions and private banks, lawyers and accountants, Ph.D. students, post-graduate researchers, assistant professors.
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The second event of the #FBFDiscuss! series will develop around the motion: “This House Believes that central banks should introduce central bank digital currencies.” The digitalisation wave in the financial sector has also reached the sphere of money, with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and stable coins such as Diem increasingly dominating headlines. Several central banks have recently confirmed plans to evaluate the option of issuing their own digital currencies, including for retail use. In April, the Eurogroup announced its support for ECB plans to possibly issue digital euros. This debate will explore the pros and cons of such a move to central bank-issued digital currencies, including retail digital currencies. Will it help central banks and the financial system to keep up with digitalisation trends? Or will it risk undermining the banking system, and lead to rising cyber frauds and money laundering risks? Will it increase the efficiency of payments further? Or will it eliminate what little privacy we have left in the financial system?
ProponentDomenico Lombardi, Economist and Public Policy Expert Formerly the CEO of a foreign bank, he was as a think tank executive at CIGI, Ontario, and a senior scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington. Previously, he served as an executive board member of the IMF and the World Bank in Washington. His research has been published in leading academic journals. Lombardi has been a regular speaker in high-level international fora, including the G20 and the governing bodies of multilateral financial organizations. He has testified a number of times, including before U.S. Senate Committees. He has led various high-profile evaluations: on the Financial Stability Board; on the World Bank (“5 Is Review”); and on IMF reform (“Fourth Pillar Report”). Lombardi holds a degree summa cum laude from Bocconi University and a Ph.D. in economics from Oxford University.
OpponentSteve Cecchetti, Rosen Family Chair in International Finance at the Brandeis International Business School. From 2008 to 2013, Professor Cecchetti served as economic adviser and head of the monetary and economic department at the Bank for International Settlements. During his time at the Bank for International Settlements, Cecchetti participated in the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and the Financial Stability Board post-crisis global regulatory reform initiatives to establish new international standards for ensuring financial stability. In addition to his other appointments, Professor Cecchetti, from 1997–1999 served as Executive Vice President and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; and from 1992-2001 he was editor of the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking. Cecchetti has published widely in academic and policy journals, is the author of a leading textbook in money and banking, and blogs at www.moneyandbanking.com. Professor Cecchetti holds an undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a doctorate from the University of California Berkeley, and an honorary doctorate in economics from the University of Basel.
ModeratorChristy Ann Petit (EUI, FBF) is a Research Associate at the Florence School of Banking and Finance, part of the Robert Schuman Centre at the European University Institute (EUI). Christy recently defended her Ph.D. thesis at the EUI Law Department on ‘An integrated system for banking supervision in the Banking Union’, and previously graduated from the Ecole normale supérieure in law, economics, and management in France (2014), and, in European Law from the College of Europe (2015). During her postgraduate studies, she was an intern at the European Central Bank (Single Supervisory Mechanism) and at the Court of Justice of the European Union (General Court). Her research interests cover European prudential supervision and regulation, monetary policy and central banking in comparative perspectives, and the law of the Economic and Monetary Union. Her latest publications analyse ECB’s accountability and independence (Maastricht Journal of Comparative and European Law, 2019) and the SSM and ECB decision-making governance (Edward Elgar, 2019).
- S. Cecchetti and K. Schoenholtz, ‘Central Bank Digital Currency: The Battle for the Soul of the Financial System’, Money and Banking, June 2021, link
- S. Cecchetti and K. Schoenholtz, ‘Libra’s dramatic call to regulatory action‘, Money and Banking, July 2019, link
- S. Cecchetti and K. Schoenholtz, ‘Universal Central Bank Digital Currency?‘, Money and Banking, April 2018, link
- R. Auer et al., ‘CBDCs beyond borders: results from a survey of central banks‘, BIS Papers No 116, June 2021, link
Women in Finance series
GENDER DIFFERENCES IN FINANCIAL LITERACY
Lecture by Annamaria Lusardi, The George Washington University, CEPR, NBER and Netspar 29 June 2021 – 13:00 CEST
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“Our data, collected over many years, show that women are less financially literate than men. It is unclear whether this gap reflects a lack of knowledge or, rather, a lack of confidence. We show that women tend to disproportionately respond “do not know” to questions measuring financial knowledge, but when this response option is unavailable, they often choose the correct answer. We estimate that about one-third of the financial literacy gender gap can be explained by women’s lower confidence levels. These estimates matter; both financial knowledge and confidence can be linked to stock market participation.” For more information about Prof. Lusardi’s work, you can visit her webpage
SpeakerAnnamaria Lusardi is University Professor of Economics and Accountancy at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). Moreover, she is the founder and academic director of GWSB’s Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center. Previously, she was the Joel Z. and Susan Hyatt Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, where she taught for twenty years.
– T. Bucher-Koenen, R. Alessie, A. Lusardi, M. van Rooij, Fearless Woman: Financial Literacy and Stock Market Participation, Working Paper, Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center, March 2021: link
– C. Barrett, P. Jenkins, Lack of confidence is impeding women’s financial literacy, study finds, Financial Times, March 2021: link
– L. Bottazzi, A.Lusardi, Stereotypes in Financial Literacy: Evidence from PISA , NBER Working Paper No. 28065, November 2020: link
ChairElena Carletti is Professor of Finance at Bocconi University. She is also founding director of the Florence School of Banking and Finance Florence School of Banking and Finance at the European University Institute, is a member of Board of Directors of Unicredit SpA and a member of the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB).
Charles Goodhart | London School of Economics
Manoj Pradhan | Talking Heads Macro
Chair and Moderator:
Thorsten Beck | Florence School of Banking and Finance
The rise of China and global demography created a ‘sweet spot’ that has dictated the path of inflation, interest rates, and inequality over the last three decades. However, we are at a point of inflexion, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. As that sweet spot turns sour, the multi-decade trends that demography brought about are set for a dramatic reversal.
Charles Goodhart & Manoj Pradhan‘s new book, The Great Demographic Reversal: Ageing Societies, Waning Inequality, and an Inflation Revival, (2020), discusses the implications of this at length. Many of their conclusions are controversial. Neither financial markets nor policymakers are prepared for a significant rise in inflation and wages, or a rise in nominal interest rates. Our other predictions are more benign – productivity will rise and labour will reclaim a greater share of national output, reducing the inequality that has led to so much social and political upheaval. Of one thing we are sure: the future will be nothing like the past.
Charles Goodhart was appointed to the Norman Sosnow Chair of Banking and Finance at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 1985, until his retirement in 2002 when he became Emeritus Professor of Banking and Finance. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1990, and awarded the CBE in 1997, for services to monetary economics. During 1986, he helped to found the Financial Markets Group at LSE. For the previous 17 years he served as a monetary economist at the Bank of England, becoming a Chief Adviser in 1980. Following his advice on overcoming the financial crisis in Hong Kong in 1983, he subsequently served on the HK Exchange Fund Advisory Committee until 1997. Later in 1997 he was appointed for three years, until May 2000, one of the four independent outside members of the newly-formed Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee. He became an economic consultant to Morgan Stanley in 2009, until he resigned, at the age of 80, in 2016. It was during this period that he began work on the subject matter of his recent book, The Great Demographic Reversal (Palgrave Macmillan), with his colleague there, Manoj Pradhan. He was written widely on matters relating to monetary policy, especially central banking, and macro-economics. Charles is the author of Goodhart’s Law “that any observed statistical regularity will tend to collapse once pressure is placed upon it for control purposes.”
Manoj Pradhan is the founder of Talking Heads Macroeconomics, an independent research firm and co-author of the bestseller “The Great Demographic Reversal”. Manoj was most recently Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where he led the Global Economics team. He joined Morgan Stanley in 2005 after serving on the faculty of George Washington University and the State University of New York. Manoj works on thematic global macroeconomics, with a focus on emerging markets. He has a PhD in economics from George Washington University and a Masters in Finance from the London Business School.
Course dates: 06 September – 01 October 2021
Course Director: Philipp Paech (London School of Economics)
Instructors: Peter Kerstens (European Commission, DG FISMA); Klaus Löber (European Securities and Markets Authority); Elisabeth Noble (European Banking Authority)
Area: Regulation, Supervision and Resolution
Target: EU Officials (ECB, SSM, SRB, ESRB, EBA, ESM), National Supervisory Authorities, Economists and Risk Managers in financial institutions and private banks, Lawyers and Accountants, Ph.D. Students, Post-Graduate Researchers, Assistant Professors.
ProponentJean Pisani-Ferry, Tommaso Padoa Schioppa Chair at the European University Institute Prof. Jean Pisani-Ferry holds the Tommaso Padoa Schioppa Chair of the European University Institute. He is a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, the European think tank, and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute (Washington DC). He is also a Professor of Economics with Sciences Po (Paris).
OpponentVolker Wieland, Endowed Chair for Monetary Economics at the Institute for Monetary and Financial Stability Prof. Volker Wieland, Ph.D. holds the Endowed Chair of Monetary Economics at the Institute for Monetary and Financial Stability since March 2012. Since June 2012, he serves as Managing Director of the IMFS. Previously, he was Professor of Monetary Theory and Policy at Goethe University Frankfurt (2000-2012) and a Founding Professor of the IMFS. From 2003 until 2009 Wieland was Director of the Center for Financial Studies.
ModeratorMaria Ana Barata (EUI, FBF) is a Research Associate at the Florence School of Banking and Finance, part of the Robert Schuman Centre at the European University Institute (EUI), in Florence, Italy, since January 2020. Maria defended her Ph.D. thesis in June 2021 at the EUI Law Department on ‘“Between a Rock and a Hard Place. The Tensions between Banking Competition and Financial Stability within EU Resolution Law.”, and the key findings are available here. Before her PhD, she completed her Law degree at Faculdade de Direito de Lisboa in Portugal (2013) and a LLM in Comparative, European and International Laws from the EUI (2017). Between 2013 and 2016 Maria worked as a corporate lawyer for three years at Linklaters LLP in Lisbon, where she also prepared her admission to the bar. Her research interests cover Financial Stability, Banking Law, Bank Resolution Law, and State Aid.
#FBFDiscuss! is a new Oxford-Union style debate format that will bring together two contestants from academia to debate a specific motion. After the opening statements, the event will see the direct participation of the public who will have the chance to pose their questions and vote for their favourite opinion. Join the discussion! Follow #FBFDiscuss on Twitter!
Instructor: Jeffrey Wooldridge (Michigan State University)
Area: Statistical and Econometric Methods
Target: EU Officials (ECB, SSM, SRB, ESRB, EBA, ESM), National Supervisory Authorities, Financial Stability officers, Economics Departments And Forecasting Departments of Central Banks, Ph.D. and Post-doctoral researchers, Research department officers of private banks.
Course dates: 01 – 03 October 2021
Sitting on Boards: Better Quality and Better Governance
Residential* training, fees apply*Format subject to changes, depending on the circumstances.
Course dates: 11 – 29 October 2021
Course Director: Tuomas Peltonen (European Systemic Risk Board)
Area: Financial Stability and Macroprudential policy
Target: Macro-Prudential authorities from emerging market economies, EU officials, financial stability and research department of Central Banks; students, post-doc researchers; assistant professors; private sector economists and lawyers