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

Workshop

Frontiers in financial history

19 Jun 2018

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Together with University Bonn and Erasmus School of Economics eabh held a workshop for new scholars in the field of financial history research. The papers presented at the workshop are available here

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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.

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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?

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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.

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lunch hour

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.

Workshop

The data dilemma: a risk or an asset?

10 Nov 2017

Zagreb, Croatia

eabh in cooperation with INFUTURE

The amount of data about the finance sector is growing exponentially and storing it is becoming easier. Businesses are excited about the commercial possibilities of ‘Big Data’; academics are relishing the research potential of deep data archives and regulators are hoping for a fuller view of systemic risk and stability.

Will it all turn out well though? The current reality of massive data stores is often no more than massive cost and complexity. The workshop will explore how we got here with data and where we go next. Ultimately, can a meeting of business, academics and regulators resolve the data dilemma and find a way to turn a risk into an asset?

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Conference

Money in Africa

Monetary and financial decolonisation in Africa in the 20th Century

9 Oct 2017

Lisbon, Portugal

eabh in cooperation with Banco de Portugal and Banque de France

Monetary and fiscal processes are important elements in state building and in managing international economic relations for emerging economies and new states.  These processes were also important during the transition to constitutional independence in Africa; however little attention has been paid to the trajectory of the monetary and fiscal processes of decolonisation in Africa. The topic is less researched than the political or socio-cultural decolonisation processes. However, it has had important implications for the economic development of these states.

The objective of this conference is to shed light on a range of different historical cross-experiences. It will provide a comparative analysis of the Portuguese, French, British, Belgian, Spanish, Italian and German cases of colonial transition in monetary and financial matters.

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Conference

Legacy of finance

The legacy of the haute-banque in the world. From the 19th to the 21st century

23 Jun 2017

Paris, France

eabh in cooperation with BNP Paribas and Banque Lombard Odier

The haute banque emerged as an elite or sub-category of private banks in France during the Restauration (1815 – 1830) and reached its climax in the 1850s and 1860s.

These institutions were well respected and dealt with major international businesses which also had business with the State. However, with the beginning of the 20th century their influence and importance continuously began to decline until it had virtually vanished after World War II.

Interestingly, many of the former haute banque houses came back on the scene again at the beginning of the 21st century. How did this happen? And why?

Is Niall Ferguson right when making the argument that ‘the global financial crisis, which began in 2007, had its true origins in the decline of relationship banking‘?

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eabh Annual Meeting

eabh 2017 Annual Meeting

22 Jun 2017

Paris, France

eabh in co-operation with BNP Paribas and Banque Lombard Odier

Thursday, 22 June 2017

BNP Paribas, 14 rue Bergère, 75009 Paris (Métro Grand Boulevards – Rue Montmartre)

08.00 – 10.00 Academic Council Meeting – for members of the eabh AC only

10.00 – 16.10  ‘Appraisal in the digital era’ eabh Archival workshop

16.00 – 17.00 Board of Management Meeting – for members of the eabh BoM only

17.00 – 17.45 Architecture Tour of BNP Paribas building

17.45 – 18.45 General Members Meeting – for eabh members only

 

20.00  Dinner reception 

BNP Paribas, 2 place de l’Opéra, 75002 Paris (Métro Opéra)

Dinner welcome
Jacques de Larosière (Honorary Managing Director of IFM and Honorary Governor of Banque de France, Advisor to BNP Paribas Chairman)

Dinner speech
The haute banque and national security
Harold James (Princeton University)

 

Friday, 23 June 2017

BNP Paribas, 14 rue Bergère, 75009 Paris (Métro Grand Boulevards – Rue Montmartre)

08.30 – 16.30  ‘The legacy of the haute-banque in the world’ eabh Conference                                                          

09.30 – 12.30 ‘A visit to Parisian Covered Passages’ Spouse event

Meeting point at 9.30 at the entrance of the BNP Building, 14 rue Bergère

Built mostly in the 19th century, the Covered Passages are a typical Parisian architectural feature near the Grand boulevards. Today, they house shops, restaurants, tearooms and bookshops. The tour will allow to visit the most famous arcades : the Passage Jouffroy, the Passage des Panoramas (oldest one), the Galerie Vivienne, the passage Colbert and the Palais Royal, the birthplace of Passages… A coffee break will take place in a typical café near the passage Colbert. Participants in the spouse event are welcome to join the conference delegates for lunch after the tour.

 

Archival Workshop

Appraisal in the digital era

22 Jun 2017

Paris, France

eabh in cooperation with BNP Paribas and Banque Lombard Odier

This one-day workshop is designed for archivists, records managers and information professionals of financial and public institutions, as well as researchers and users of digital archival material.

The amount of digital records that financial and public organisations produce on a daily basis is monumental.

High quality appraisal policies can offer benefits like accessibility, timely retrieval of crucial documents, contextual understanding and cost savings. But which are the best appraisal policies? And how to implement them?

This workshop will draw on the practical experience of the frontrunners in the field. It is targeted for archivists, records managers, information professionals, researcher and other users of digital archival material.

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