The development and integration of financial markets is at the forefront of academic and policy debates around the world. Nowhere is this more in evidence than in Europe where the integration of financial markets is a primary objective of the European Commission and fully supported by the European Central Bank. This book brings together leading economists from across the world to analyze the central issues in the development and integration of financial markets from a European perspective while highlighting their global relevance. The book is a timely contribution as it appears at a time when the effects of monetary unification on the one hand and the Financial Sector Action Plan on the other are beginning to shape a new pan European financial market.
Financial Markets and Institutions is a must-have reference for policymakers, financial market practitioners, and graduate students and academics with an interest in this increasingly important area. Each contribution is written in a rigorous but non-technical fashion, drawing on the latest theories and empirical evidence making them accessible to lay readers as well as academic specialists.
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Xavier Freixas, (Ph D. Toulouse 1978) is Dean of the Undergraduate School of Economics and Business Administration, Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (Spain) and Research Fellow at CEPR. He is also Chairman of the Risk Based Regulation Program of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).
He is past president of the European Finance Association and has previously been Deutsche Bank Professor of European Financial Integration at Oxford University, Houblon Norman Senior Fellow of the Bank of England and Joint Executive Director Fundación de Estudios de Economía Aplicada FEDEA), 1989-1991, Professor at Montpellier and Toulouse Universities.
Dr. Philipp Hartmann is Head of the Financial Research Division in the Directorate General Research of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt. His previous positions include that of Principal of the Economic and Financial Research Unit at the ECB and Research Fellow for Financial Regulation at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Philipp Hartmann is also a Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR, London) and the Vice-President of SUERF, the European Money and Finance Forum.
Professor Colin Mayer is Dean of the Saïd Business School and Professorial Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He has degrees in Engineering Science and Economics (BA, First Class, 1974) and Economics (MPhil, 1976; DPhil, 1981) from the University of Oxford. He was a Harkness Fellow at Harvard University (1979/80), a Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England (1989) and the first Leo Goldschmidt Visiting Professor in Corporate Governance at the Solvay Business School, Université Libre de Bruxelles (2000 and 2001). He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Royal Economic Society, and an Inaugural Fellow and Board Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) in Brussels. Colin Mayer has previously been Chairman of the European Science Foundation Network in Financial Markets and Co-Director of the Centre for Economic Policy Research's Network in Financial Markets. He is Chairman of OXERA Holdings Ltd and an Honorary Fellow of St. Anne's College and Oriel College, Oxford.
"There is a need for a timely, detailed book on many aspects of modern European finance. This volume will be an excellent reference for all of us in financial markets."--Jim O'Neill, Global Chief Economist, Goldman Sachs
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