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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 

For the academic year 2016/17 I am the 6th Tun Ismail Ali Chair at University of Malaya and Bank Negara Malaysia (Central Bank) My columns on Vox

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Here is my most recent work:

Ordoliberalism - a German oddity, eBook, co-edited with Hans-Helmut Kotz

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

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