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Thorsten Beck is professor of banking and finance at The Business School (fomerly Cass) 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.

He is also Co-editor of Journal of Banking and Finance and member of the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board

For the academic year 2016/17 he was the 6th Tun Ismail Ali Chair at University of Malaya and Bank Negara Malaysia (Central Bank)

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Here is my most recent work:

Are Banks Catching Corona? Effects of COVID on Lending in the U.S. (joint with Jan Keil), Covid Economics Vetted and Real-Time Papers 61, December 2020.

Emergency loans and consumption – evidence from COVID-19 in Iran (joint with Mohamad Hoseini, Covid Economics Vetted and Real-Time Papers 45, August 2020.

COVID-19 in Emerging Markets: Firm-Survey Evidence (joint with Burton Flynn and Mikael Homanen), Covid Economics Vetted and Real-Time Papers 38, July 2020

National Containment Policies and International Cooperation (joint with Wolf Wagner), Covid Economics Vetted and Real-Time Papers 8, April 2020

Liquidity Creation, Investment, and Growth (joint with Robin Doettling, Thomas Lambert and Mathijs Van Dijk)

Bank Resolution Regimes and Systemic Risk (joint with Deyan Radev and Isabel Schnabel)

Sharing the Pain? Credit Supply and Real Effects of Bank Bail-ins, with Samuel da-Rocha-Lopes and Andre Silva, forthcoming at Review of Financial Studies