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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 Bank of England, 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
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Here is my
most recent work:
Bank sectoral concentration and (systemic) risk: evidence from a worldwide sample of banks (joint with Olivier De Jonghe
and Klaas Mulier).
Follow the Money: Does the financial sector intermediate natural resource windfalls? (joint with Steven Poelhekke)
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.
Payment Instruments, Finance and Development: Evidence from Kenya’s Mobile Money Technology (joint
with Haki Pamuk, Ravindra Ramrattan and Burak Uras
When Arm's Length is Too Far: Relationship Lending over the Credit Cycle, with Hans Degryse, Ralph De Haas and Neeltje van Horen, Journal of Financial Economics, forthcoming
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.