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The European Association for Banking and Financial History (eabh) e.V.

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The winner takes it all?

Productivity, innovation & financial markets in the long run

28 May 2018

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Productivity growth has been trending down since the early 1970s in most developed economies, except for a few years around the year 2000. In emerging markets, productivity growth, too, has started to slow significantly around ten years ago. This is a puzzling development, as we see technological innovation taking place at a rapid pace. This moderation in productivity matters: ‘Productivity is a gift for our living standards – perhaps the greatest.’, Andrew Haldane, the BoE Chief Economist, said.

How can we explain this productivity puzzle, which is among the most pressing public policy issues today? And what does it imply for investors ?

Can history be a guide? Let’s discuss with two experts.

 

Presenters:

Peter Gal, Economist at OECD

Stefan Hofrichter, Head of Global Economics at Allianz Global Investors

Moderated by Carmen Hofmann, Secretary General of eabh

 

Discussion with the audience is planned and all participants are kindly invited to join the discussants for a networking lunch kindly sponsored by Allianz Global Investors GmbH.

 

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Conference

Social aims of finance

Exploring alternative business forms for durable financial services

15 Jun 2018

Torino, Italy

eabh in cooperation with Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo

‘The City is too big and socially useless’

said Lord Adair Turner, former chairman of the UK Financial Services Authority in 2009.

That legitimacy question has not gone away since, indeed, if anything it appears to grow stronger. This conference explores how financial institutions have tackled it by developing alternative goals and business forms for durable financial services.

ProgrammeCall for papers

Archival Workshop

‘Good’ archives

14 Jun 2018

Torino, Italy

eabh in cooperation with Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo and UPIER (Uses of the Past in International Economic Relations

This one-day workshop is designed for financial institutions’ archivists, researchers and potential users. How can archives prepare their collections of information in a way that puts them to their best use?  How do researchers use archive collections? Are there new ways that they can be used by financial institutions themselves as they face challenges of the present and future? How can the historical records be made accessible to and exploited by a wider audience? How can archives help us to reflect on legacy of the social purposes that inspired the origins of many financial institutions and the role of banks and finance in society?

ProgrammeCall for papers

Workshop

eabh New Scholar Workshop

13 Jun 2018

Torino, Italy

eabh in cooperation with Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo

This one day workshop is designed for advanced PhD students and recent postdoctoral researchers (with less than five years from completing their PhD) in banking, financial and monetary history.

Authors of selected manuscripts will have the opportunity to discuss their paper with experienced scholars at the workshop.

Call for papers

Conference

Institutional Investors

The history of professional fund management

26 Oct 2018

London, United Kingdom

eabh in cooperation with Schroders and Banque Lombard Odier

Up to the beginning of the 20th century stocks were primarily owned by wealthy private individuals. Now, 100 years later, institutional investors hold almost twice the amount. They have 112trn assets under management (AUMs) compared to the 72,3trn that were held by High-Net-Worth-Individuals in 2016. The ascent of institutional investors as one of the most powerful players on global financial markets today is a highly relevant yet under researched topic.

This conference will ask the question of when, how and why this massive structural shift happened? And which are the consequences for our societies? How can we set policy frameworks today in a way that ensures that these investors will be able to deliver adequate pension payments in the future?