Interdisciplinary Workshop on finance and inequality in Europe Leeds 1st November 2013

Interdisciplinary Workshop on FINANCE and INEQUALITY in Europe Leeds 1st November 2013, 10.00 – 18.00

 The European Union is in its deepest crisis since its inception. This is on the one hand a financial crisis, and on the other hand a real sector crisis with stagnating economies, rising inequalities and increasing divergence between the countries of the European Union. The aim of the “Finance and Inequality” project is twofold: first, to investigate the role of the financial sector in causing, propagating and exacerbating these inequalities, both within and across the countries of Europe; second, to propose policy measures that the European Union and/or its member nations might undertake to ensure that Europe’s financial system is stable, economically functional, and inclusive. This project will involve different phases.

This inaugural workshop will focus on identifying policy alternatives in light of recent institutional developments in banking, with special attention to the relevance for Europe of Brazil’s experience with public and development banking. Researchers from different disciplines and spaces will consider policy recommendations for restructuring and re-incentivizing European finance in the context of its microstructural, multi-layered, and multi-locational realities.

Programme

The workshop will include two panels and one presentation session. In the two panel sessions, panelists will be given 15 minutes each to present pertinent results from their research, and then to discuss policy implications and proposals; discussants for these sessions will have 8 minutes each. This will leave ample time for follow-up questions, exchanges of ideas, and collective discussion.

 

10:00-10:30: Introduction to the “Finance and Inequality” project

Prof. Gary Dymski, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds
Dr. Annina Kaltenbrunner, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds
Dr. Giovanni Cozzi, Foundation for Progressive European Studies, European Parliament

10:30-12:15: Session 1: Financial Inclusion and Productive Finance for SMEs

Panelists:
Dr. Shaun French, School of Geography, Nottingham University
Dr. Sarah Hall, School of Geography, Nottingham University
Professor Jane Pollard, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University

Discussants:
Dr. Romina Pržiklas, Department of Economics and Tourism, University of Juraj Dobrila Pula, Croatia
Dr. Charles Dannreuther, Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds

12:15-13:15: Lunch

13:15-14:30 Session 2: Learning from the Experience of Brazil’s Public Banks

Presenters:
Dr. Ana Rosa Ribeiro de Mendonça, Institute of Economics, State University of Sao Paulo at Campinas, Brazil
Dr. Simone Deos, Institute of Economics, State University of Sao Paulo at Campinas, Brazil

Discussant:
Professor Steve Toms, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds

14:30-14:45 Break

14:45-16:30 Session 3: Financial Architecture, Behavior, and Regulation: Macro and Global Dimensions  

Panelists:

Professor Ewald Engelen, Department of Geography, Planning and International Development, University of Amsterdam
Dr. Ismail Erturk, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester
Professor Andrew Leyshon, School of Geography, Nottingham University

Discussants:

Dr. Daniela Gabor, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England
Dr. Stuart Shields, Politics, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester

16:30-16:45  Break

16:45-18:00: Summary Session and Next Steps

Panelists:

Professor Gary Dymski, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds
Dr. Annina Kaltenbrunner, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds
Dr. Giovanni Cozzi, Foundation for Progressive European Studies, European Parliament

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