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Thorsten Beck is professor of banking and finance at Cass Business School in London. He is also a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the CESifo. He was professor of economics from 2008 to 2014 at Tilburg Universityand the founding chair of the European Banking Center  from 2008 to 2013.Previously he worked in the research department of the World Bank and has also worked as consultant for – among others -  the IMF, the European Commission, and the German Development Corporation. His research, academic publications and operational work have focused on two major questions: What is the relationship between finance and economic development? What policies are needed to build a sound and effective financial system? Recently, he has concentrated on access to financial services, including SME finance, as well as on the design of regulatory and bank resolution frameworks. In addition to numerous academic publications in leading economics and finance journals, he has co-authored several policy reports on access to finance, financial systems in Africa and cross-border banking.  His country experience, both in operational and research work, includes Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Mexico, Russia and several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to presentation at numerous academic conferences, including several keynote addresses, he is invited regularly to policy panels across Europe. He holds a PhD from the University of Virginia and an MA from the University of Tübingen in Germany.

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Here is my most recent work:

Making Cross-Border Banking Work for Africa (joint with Michael Fuchs, Dorothe Singer and Makaio Witte).

Ireland's banking system - looking forward, for a recent European Commission/Trinity College Dublin conference

Foreign Bank Ownership and Household Credit, with Martin Brown, Journal of Financial Intermediation, forthcoming.

Banking in Africa (joint with Bob Cull), prepared for 2nd Edition of Oxford Handbook of Banking

Housing Finance Across Countries: New Data and Analysis (joint with Anton Badev, Ligia Vado and Simon Walley

Finance for Development: A Research Agenda, Research Report prepared for ODI

Finance and Growth for Microenterprises: Evidence from Rural China, with Liping Lu and Rudai Yang

Supranational Supervision - How Much and for Whom?, with Wolf Wagner

Finance and Poverty: Evidence from India, with Meghana Ayyagari and Mohamad Hoseini

Financial Innovation: The Bright and the Dark Sides, with Tao Chen, Chen Lin, and Frank Song 

Read John Auther's column in the Financial Times about the paper (subscription required)

Sex and Credit: Is There a Gender Bias in Lending, with Patrick Behr and Andreas Madestam.