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Sep
7
Mon
EABCN Training School on Term Structure Modeling and the Lower Bound Problem @ Florence, EUI
Sep 7 – Sep 9 all-day
EABCN Training School on Term Structure Modeling and the Lower Bound Problem @ Florence, EUI | Firenze | Toscana | Italy

Background

The Euro Area Business Cycle Network (EABCN) provides a forum for the better understanding of the Euro area business cycle, linking academic researchers and researchers in central banks and other policy institutions involved in the empirical analysis of the Euro area business cycle.

 

About this course

The 23rd EABCN training school was a three days course on ‘Term Structure Modeling and the Lower Bound Problem’ taught by Dr Jens Christensen (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco). The course covered the most recent literature on how to model the term structure of bond yields including challenges posed by the asymmetric behavior of yields near their lower bound.

 

Course instructor

Jens Christensen is a senior economist in the Financial Research Section of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, which he joined in 2006 after receiving his PhD in finance from Copenhagen Business School. He also holds an MSc in economics from the University of Copenhagen. His research interests include credit risk modeling, credit risk management, and interest rate term structure modeling. His research in this area is widely cited and has been published in leading academic journals such as the Economic Journal, the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of Financial Econometrics, and the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking amongst others. Finally, he is a frequent presenter at international conferences on issues related to sovereign bond markets and monetary policy.

Call for papers

EABCN-EUI training course: Term structure models and the zero lower bound @ Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia
Sep 7 @ 9:00 am – Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm

The course will cover the most recent literature on how to model the term structure of bond yields including the challenges posed by the asymmetric behavior of yields near their lower bound. Jens Christensen will teach the course. It is primarily aimed at participants in the Euro Area Business Cycle Network but applications will also be considered from doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and economists working in central banks and government institutions outside of the network, as well as commercial organisations (fees applicable for non-network organisations).

Organiser: Prof. Massimiliano Marcellino – Bocconi University

Speaker: Jens Christensen – Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

 

Call for Application

Sep
15
Tue
The Rise of a Fiscal Europe? Negotiating Europe’s New Economic Governance.
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Brigid Laffan (Director, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies) and Pierre Schlosser (Ph.D. Research at the EUI) have published a new research report entitled The Rise of a Fiscal Europe?  Negotiating Europe’s New Economic Governance.

In the report the authors dissect the key negotiations and decisions made following the Eurozone debt crisis before exploring their long term and profound political implications. The report will be discussed in depth during an Online Seminar.

 

Brigid   

Brigid Laffan (Director, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies)    

  

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 Pierre Schlosser (Ph.D. Research at the EUI)

   

 

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Sep
23
Wed
RSCAS Seminar Launch: The Yves Mény Annual Lecture. Europe’s Financial Capitals Since the Early Twentieth Century @ Conference Room, Villa la Fonte
Sep 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Event will be live streamed on this page

 

 

What has been the position of Europe’s leading financial centres, its ‘financial capitals’, since the globalisation of the early twentieth century? Financial centres are the nerve centres of international finance, a source of wealth and power. Over the last hundred years, most leading international financial centres have been located in Europe –within a changing international balance of power. This paper considers the development of Europe’s international financial position, from the height of the pre-1914 days, when it was the ‘banker of the world’; to the lows of the late 1940s, when it required American assistance; and to the resurgence of its financial power at the turn of twenty-first century in an increasingly multipolar financial environment. The paper addresses three main issues. First: how to explain the rise, persistence and fall of Europe’s financial capitals? Second: what has been the degree of competition, cooperation and integration of Europe’s financial capitals, at both global and European levels? And third, what can the past tell us about the future of Europe’s financial position in the twenty-first century?

The Schuman Centre honours its first Director, Yves Mény, with its annual lecture to mark the beginning of the academic year and to launch the RSCAS Seminar Series. This second Yves Mény Annual Lecture will be given by Youssef Cassis, Professor of Economic History and Joint Chair RSCAS/History and Civilization Department.

 

Organise: Brigid Laffan – EUI – Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and Global Governance Programme

Speaker: Youssef Cassis

Dec
7
Mon
1st Advisory Council meeting @ Sala del Capitolo at Badia Fiesolana
Dec 7 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
1st Advisory Council meeting @ Sala del Capitolo at Badia Fiesolana | Toscana | Italy

On 7th December the Florence School of Banking & Finance will hold its first Advisory Council meeting.

The Advisory Council of the school is composed of Andrea Enria (Chairperson European Banking Authority), Frank Smets (Advisor Mario Draghi European Central Bank), Ignazio Angeloni (Board Member Single Supervisory Mechanism), Mauro Grande (Board Member Single Resolution Board) and Francesco Mazzaferro (Head of Secretariat European System Risk Board), as well as the new Director General at DG FISMA (EC) Olivier Guersent.

The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the school’s activities in its first year, as well as to start the development of a European curriculum for professionals working in the Banking & Finance sector on topics of regulation and supervision.

 

This is a closed event.

Dec
11
Fri
Legal and Institutional Dimensions of EMU: Economists and Legal Scholars in Discussion @ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia
Dec 11 all-day
Legal and Institutional Dimensions of EMU: Economists and Legal Scholars in Discussion @ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia | Fiesole | Toscana | Italy

The purpose of this workshop is to begin discussions on four key areas in which actual or proposed changes to EMU can meet with legal and institutional constraints or raise important issues of design and effectiveness. Policy briefs which have been prepared by legal scholars in the project will be discussed in a shared meeting of legal scholars and economists. The discussion aims to deepen understanding as to how an effective and desirable EMU might be achieved and how, if at all, legal and normative difficulties that arise could be resolved.

Organisers: Professor Claire Kilpatrick, Professor Giorgio Monti (Department of Law, European University Institute)

Programme

9.30 – 11.00 Conditions posed to legal change in reaction to the Eurozone crisis at both EU and national level

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.00 Exploring the new E in EMU: constraints and effectiveness

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Legal aspects of risk-sharing mechanisms

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 – 18.00 Legal aspects of banking union | Follow-up discussion

Mar
9
Wed
Capital and Bail in Debt Buffers: Loss Absorption vs Risk Incentives
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Capital and Bail in Debt Buffers: Loss Absorption vs Risk Incentives

Webinar #1 with Enrico Perotti

This webinar will offer a critical approach to capital requirements with a particular emphasis put on risk absorption capacity in the context of the new Capital Requirements Directive (CRD4) and the Financial Stability Board’s Total Loss Absorbing Capacity (TLAC) standard. Two alternative views of capital requirements will be lined out: the buffer view and the incentives view. As part of the webinar, the risk absorption potential of equity, bail-in debt and, Contingent Convertible Debt instruments (CoCos) will be explored.

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Enrico Perotti (Ph.D. MIT) is Professor of International Finance at the University of Amsterdam, Member of the Scientific Committee of the Florence School of Banking and Finance and CEPR).
His advisory work has focused on policy advice on issues of banking, financial reforms and stability to the EC, ECB, IMF, DNB, Bank of England, the World Bank and the UK Treasury.

Mar
16
Wed
Contingent Convertible Debt Instruments (CoCos): regulatory use and market development
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Contingent Convertible Debt Instruments (CoCos): regulatory use and market development

Webinar #2 with Enrico Perotti

This webinar will address the new regulatory treatment of Contingent Convertible Debt instruments and the development of the underlying CoCo bond markets. The contractual feature of the existing stock of CoCo debt will be analysed along various dimensions. First, in terms of their regulatory effectiveness in absorbing risk. Second, in terms of their impact on risk incentives and thus on their preventive effect. Third, we will look at the empirical evidence on the market response to their issuance. Finally, time allowing we will discuss the recent evolution on the CoCo bond market in terms of issuances and prices.

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Enrico Perotti (Ph.D. MIT) is Professor of International Finance at the University of Amsterdam, Member of the Scientific Committee of the Florence School of Banking and Finance and CEPR).
His advisory work has focused on policy advice on issues of banking, financial reforms and stability to the EC, ECB, IMF, DNB, Bank of England, the World Bank and the UK Treasury.

May
5
Thu
Stability of the Banking System @ Villa Schifanoia – Sala Europa
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Stability of the Banking System @ Villa Schifanoia – Sala Europa | Florence | Tuscany | Italy

As part of this year’s State of the Union conference in Florence, a workshop will discuss the stability of the banking system. The event will be hosted by Professor Richard Portes. He will be joined by the Florence School of Banking and Finance’s director Professor Elena Carletti. The event will conclude with a speech by Ignazio Visco, Governor of the Bank of Italy. 

More information available here

Jul
1
Fri
Online Seminar! After Brexit: what next for the EMU, UK and the EU? @ Online
Jul 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Seminar! After Brexit: what next for the EMU, UK and the EU? @ Online

Europe has grown out of its crises when reason and solidarity have prevailed, but it has also been devastated by its crises when fear and nationalism have taken the lead. Brexit, in the aftermath of the euro crisis, brings this dichotomy back to the foreground. Since 2010 there have been important advances in the development of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and flexible forms of participation have allowed other EU countries, reluctant to join the euro, to share the basic principles that define the EU and have a common presence in the interdependent global world.

Brexit raises 3 crucial questions:

  1. Should the EMU be accelerated to become a centre of gravity within the EU, or slowed down to avoid a centrifugal diaspora? If accelerated, how?
  2. Should an ‘exit’ country be allowed free entry to the single market and other EU public goods without accepting freedom of movement?
  3. Should the EU remain as it is, or increase its capacity to offer common public services (Banking Union, border security, research funding, environment, etc.), or limit its scope of activity to the EU single and integrated market?

Panelists:

Joaquín Almunia (Former vice-president of the European Commission)
Ramon Marimon (European University Institute and UPF – Barcelona GSE; ADEMU)
Gorgio Monti (European University Institute; ADEMU)
Morten Ravn (University College London; ADEMU)

Moderator:
Annika Zorn (European University Institute, Florence School of Banking & Finance)

The event is jointly organised by the Florence School of Banking & Finance, Pierre Werner Chair and ADEMU Project.

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