30L306 :The Economics of Banking and Finance

General info

Instruction language English
Type of Instruction Lecture (2 hours every week), tutorial (2 hours, selected weeks) (Lecture schedule)
Type of exams written exam plus paper (Examination schedule)
Course load:6 ECTS credits
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prof. dr. H.A. Benink (Coordinator)

prof. dr. H.P. Huizinga

L. Avezum (TA)


For better or worse, the financial system is critical for a modern, market-based economy. Students will be trained in the economics of the banking industry and learn to assess and participate in the current policy debate on financial sector reform.


Students will learn about the role of the financial system in general and banks in specific for the modern market economy. We will discuss how the financial system can contribute to the operation and growth of the economy but also the causes of the recent crisis. We will discuss the need for regulation and supervision and the optimal structure thereof. Risk management of financial institutions will be discussed. Throughout the course, we will refer to current policy debates. These, for instance, relate to bank activities, bank size, bank internationalization and the trade-off between bank regulation and taxation.


To be determined

Compulsory Reading

  1. A.N. Berger, Ph. Molyneux & J.O.S. Wilson (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Banking, Oxford University Press, second edition, 2015. selected chapters
  2. Papers on Blackboard.
  3. Lecture Notes.

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