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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 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

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, fortcoming.

A Conference on Post-Crisis Banking, with Jakob de Haan and Robert DeYoung, Journal of Money, Banking and Credit, 46 s1.

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

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


My columns on Vox

My columns on All About Finance


Here is my most recent work:

Groundhog Day in Greece, SIEPS Working Paper, March 2015

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

Striking a healthy balance, Financial World, on the ECB's asset quality review and stress

Bank competition: winning isn't everything, Financial World.

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.

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

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