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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 University and 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 European Central Bank, the BIS, 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.

I am also Managing (Co)editor of Economic Policy and Co-Editor of the Review of Finance

In addition, I have co-edited numerous special issues at various journals, most recently at the Journal of Money, Banking and Credit.  

A Conference on Housing, Stability and the Macroeconomy: International Perspectives,  with Rabah Arezki, Robert deYoung, John Duca, Prakash Loungani, and Anthony Murphy, Journal of Money, Banking and Credit 47, S1, 2015.

A Conference on Post-Crisis Banking, with Jakob de Haan and Robert DeYoung, Journal of Money, Banking and Credit, 46 S1, 2014.

Financial Intermediaries in Monetary Policy Transmission, with Andrea Colciago and Damjan Pfajfar, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 43 (1), 2014.

Finance, Growth, and Stability: Lessons from the Crisis, Journal of Financial Stability 10, 2014


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Here is my most recent work:

Nascent markets: Understanding the success and failure of  new stock markets (joint with Jose Albuquerque de Sousa, Peter van Bergeijk and Mathijs van Dijk)

Financial Inclusion –measuring progress and progress in measuring

Regulatory cooperation on cross-border banking - Progress and Challenges after the Crisis, National Institute Economic Review 235, 2016

Keep Walking? Geographical Proximity, Religion and Relationship Banking, with Steven Ongena and Ilkay Sendeniz-Yuncu.

Mobile Money, Trade Credit and Economic Development: Theory and Evidence, with Haki Pumak, Ravindra Ramrattan, and Burak Uras.

Financial Regulation in Europe: Foundations and Challenges (joint with Elena Carletti and Itay Goldstein)

Groundhog Day in Greece, SIEPS Working Paper, March 2015

After AQR and stress tests – where next for banking in the Eurozone? presented at OeNB conference in November 2014

When Arm's Length is Too Far: Relationship Lending over the Credit Cycle, with Hans Degryse, Ralph De Haas and Neeltje van Horen.

Entrepreneurial Savings Practices and Reinvestment: Theory and Evidence, with Haki Pumak and Burak Uras, Review of Development Economics,  forthcoming

Informality and Access to Finance: Evidence from India, with Mohammad Hoseini.