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Understanding Banks in Emerging Markets

Date5-6 Sep 2013
OrganiserEBRD/European Banking Center at Tilburg University/Review of Finance/CEPR

Banking can appear as opaque as a black box. Economic research can open it up and reveal what lies within.

The EBRD, the European Banking Center at Tilburg University, the Centre for Economic Policy Research and Review of Finance  are hosting a two-day conference in London to discuss the state of banking in emerging markets.  The conference aims to bring together leading researchers to discuss recent developments in empirical banking research.

Observing, asking or experimenting?

Discussions will focus in particular on:

1. The econometric analysis of increasingly rich micro-level data that are available ‘off-the-shelf’, such as from central banks, credit registries and commercial data providers

2. The econometric analysis of tailor-made data from large-scale surveys of banks and their clients

3. The use of randomised controlled trials and framed field experiments with banks and their staff

These three strands of the literature approach the banking “black box” in different ways: observing the bank and its behaviour from the outside; opening up the box by asking CEOs, loan officers, and bank clients specific questions; and then further prising open the bank through (framed) field experiments.

The conference programme starts on the morning of Thursday, 5 September and ends on the afternoon of Friday, 6 September. A conference dinner will be held on Thursday evening. There will be around 10 papers and discussions and the conference will also see the launch of the joint EBRD-EBC Report on Banking in Emerging Markets, based on the Second Banking Environment and Performance Survey (BEPS).

The conference is open to external participants who register beforehand. Places are limited and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. In case you are interested in attending, please send an email with your name and affiliation to Maureen Brown (BrownM@ebrd.com) while copying in Olga Lucas (LucasO@ebrd.com)



  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
    One Exchange Square
    London EC2A 2JN

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  • The event is organised by the EBRD, the European Banking Center at Tilburg University, the Review of Finance and the Centre for Economic Policy Research. A conference website will be created with all papers and necessary information.

    Organising committee

    • Thorsten Beck (Tilburg University & CEPR)
    • Ralph De Haas (EBRD)
    • Steven Ongena (Tilburg University & CEPR)

    Programme committee

    • Franklin Allen (University of Pennsylvania & NBER)
    • Thorsten Beck (Tilburg University & CEPR)
    • Erik Berglöf (EBRD & CEPR)
    • Martin Brown (University of St. Gallen)
    • Hans Degryse (K.U. Leuven, Tilburg University, CESifo & CEPR)
    • Ralph De Haas (EBRD)
    • Mariassunta Giannetti (Stockholm School of Economics & CEPR)
    • Leora Klapper (World Bank)
    • Steven Ongena (Tilburg University & CEPR)


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