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Empirical methods to evaluate financial regulation

Empirical methods to evaluate financial regulation

  • General description

    This course will introduce participants to the scientific literature on the methodological aspects in empirical banking, in particular in the empirical methods to evaluate financial regulation.

  • Topics covered

    • Overview: Current empirical methods to evaluate regulatory policies
    • Techniques: Heteroskedastic Modelling, Duration Analysis and Applications, Matching, Difference-in-Difference, Event Studies and Applications, Elements of an Identification Strategy.
  • What you will learn

    The course will present the relevant research methodologies used in empirical banking, with a special emphasis on intertemporal (e.g., duration analysis and event study) and cross-sectional methods (e.g., matching).

  • Meet the instructor

    Steven Ongena is a professor in banking at the University of Zurich and the Swiss Finance Institute in Switzerland. He is also a research fellow of CEPR and a research professor at KU Leuven.

    He has published more than 55 papers in refereed academic journals, including in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Management Science and Review of Finance, among other journals, and he has published more than 50 papers in books and other collections.

    In 2012 he received a NYU-Fordham-RPI Rising Star in Finance Award.

  • How the course will work

    Total course length: between 12 and 15 hours.

    A certificate of attendance will be provided to all participants after the course.

  • Prerequisites

    An intermediate level in micro and macroeconomics, as well as in applied econometrics, is required to follow this course.

  • Fees

    1500 € – Public Authorities (e.g. National Competent Authorities, Central Banks) and European Institutions*

    2000€ – Private Sector*

    850€ – Students (with certificate of studies)

    The course fee covers coffee and lunch breaks. Travel and hotel costs are not included.

    * In case of registration of 3 participants from the same institution or private company, a reduced fee is applied for each of them (€ 1000 public sector and 1300 € private sector), under the following conditions:
    • the names of the 3 participants have to be communicated to fbf@eui.eu before registering
    • the names of other registered people from the same institution cannot be communicated. It is upon your responsibility to get in touch with your HR division
    • a single debit note will be issued for the 3 participants followed by one payment


    • In case a course is cancelled, registered participants will receive the full refund.
    • In case a course is moved to another date, registered participants may request a voucher to attend another FBF course.
    • Registered participants who cancel their participation will receive a voucher to attend another FBF course.

    For more details, please contact fbf@eui.eu
  • Practical information


    Recommended hotels:
    Hotel Villa La Stella (20 min walking distance from EUI )
    Hotel Cellai
    Hotel Palazzo Ricasoli
    Hotel de la Pace
    Hotel Athenaeum 


    On arrival, participants will be provided with temporary wi-fi access for the whole duration of the course.

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  • Reading material

    Registered participants can access the course materials on this page, using the password provided by the course secretariat.