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Finance, Law, and Economics

Finance, law, and economics are interrelated disciplines. This working group is a forum for the discussion of the areas of study these disciplines share. Young scholars, academics, practitioners, and policy advisors are invited to contribute.

The 2007/8 financial crisis has driven home the importance of interdisciplinary research in finance, law, and economics. Too many regulators and academics hid in their respective regulatory or disciplinary ‘silos’ and failed to anticipate the disastrous market slumps, given the high social cost of the global crisis!

The Finance, Law, and Economics Working Group creates a forum for a wide-ranging conversation among young scholars interested in interdisciplinary research in finance, economics, and law. Questions we explore include, but are not limited to, how do legal regulations create markets, why did finance come about in the 1960s, and what does the macro-economic toolkit look like since central banks responded to the financial crisis with unconventional measures? In studying these and related questions we employ legal, economic, and social science methodologies as analytical tools. The primary goals of our discussions are to better understand the driving forces of financial globalization, to unpack assumptions made in policy proposals, and to describe the political economy of finance.

The Working Group regularly meets online. Students and researchers (Master/Ph.D./Post Doc) from all disciplines are welcome to join us. Please access our webinar via the GoToMeeting link provided in the event flyers below, join the Young Scholars Initiative, or send an Email to the coordinators, Christopher and Cecilia. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Upcoming Events


Past Events

December 1, 2017, Banking, Money and Credit: A Systemic Perspective with Yuri Biondi (French National Center for Scientific Research)

November 17, 2017, Cybersecurity Regulatory Challenges with Srinivas Yanamandra (New Development Bank)

November 13, 2017, The Future of Law and Economics with Guido Calabresi (Yale Law School)

November 10, 2017, Subjecting Financial News to Scrutiny: Critical Thinking with Izabella Kaminska (Financial Times Alphaville)

October 19 - 20, 2017, Festival for New Economic Thinking (Edinburgh)

October 13, 2017, Regulatory Sandboxes: Joining Together the Hands of Industry and the Regulator with Srinivas Yanamandra (New Development Bank)

September 28, 2017, The Infrastructural Power of Finance and the ECB with Benjamin Braun (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies)

September 22, 2017, Case for Cash with Jamie McAndrews (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

August 31, 2017, Central Bank Digital Currencies: A Conceptual Framework with Srinivas Yanamandra (New Development Bank)

August 10, 2017, Solving the Block-Chain Puzzle: A Non-technical Introduction to Cryptocurrency Technology with Srinivas Yanamandra (New Development Bank)

July 28, 2017, Cryptocurrencies: A Law and Economics Perspective with Srinivas Yanamandra (New Development Bank)

June 30, 2017, The Challenges of Central Bank Accountability with Rosa María Lastra (Queen Mary, University of London)

June 21, 2017, The Challenges of Central Bank Accountability with Camila Duran (University of São Paulo)

June 1 - 4, 2017, Trento Festival of Economics / YSI Europe Convening 2017 / Lecture with Edoardo Gaffeo (University of Trento)

May 29 - 30, 2017, Skills Workshop at the EU Parliament (Brussels) / Annual Meeting of the Finance, Law, and Economics Working Group 

May 17, 2017, Is Society Costly for the Market and State with Aleksandar Stojanović (International University College of Turin)

March 24, 2017, The International Money Problem with Dan Awrey (University of Oxford)

March 10, 2017, Economic Effects of America’s International Trade with Simon Lester (Cato’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies)

March 3, 2017, The Politics of Central Banking with Annelise Riles (Cornell University)

February 10, 2017, Downsized FX Markets with Robert McCauley (Bank for International Settlements)


December 28, 2016, Economics of Demonetization: The Indian Experience with Jayati Ghosh (Jawahar Lal Nehru University, Delhi)

November 15, 2016, The Global M&A Market through the Lens of New Economic Thinking with Marshall Sonenshine (Harvard University)

October 19-22, 2016, YSI Plenary Meeting in Budapest featuring a Panel Discussion on Law in Finance with Annelise Riles (Cornell) and Geoffrey Hodgson (Hertfordshire) and Workshop on Chapters 6 to 16 of the Book Conceptualizing Capitalism with Geoffrey Hodgson

October 3, 2016, Discussion of Chapters 4 and 5 of the Book Conceptualizing Capitalism with Geoffrey Hodgson 

August 31, 2016, Discussion of Chapters 1-3 of the Book Conceptualizing Capitalism with Geoffrey Hodgson

August 2, 2016, Kick-off Meeting for the Workshop on the Book Conceptualizing Capitalism with Geoffrey Hodgson

June 21, 2016, Hard Times for Italian Banks | An Assessment of the Current State of Affairs the the European Banking Union with Francesco Daveri and Thomas Fazi

June 13, 2016, China’s Minsky Moment? The Qingdao Fraud and the Rise and Fall of the Chinese Commodity Collateral Financing Market with Jakob Engel (Oxford)

April 13, 2016, The Case for Structural Regulatory Intervention in the Repo Market with Paolo Saguato (LSE)

March 8, 2016, Perspectives from the Eye of the Storm: The Current State and Future Evolution of the European Repo Market

January 13, 2016, Law&Liquidity: New Frontiers in the Legal Theory of Finance with Katharina Pistor


December 17, 2015, The Production of Financial Collateral: The Mechanisms of Securitization

November 13, 2015, Introduction to Financial Collateral

October 8, 2015, Bank of Japan: Policy Duration Commitment

September 17, 2015, Democracy, Technocracy, and the Rule of Law: Discussing Alcimos v the ECB

July 30, 2015, The ECJ’s OMT Ruling: A Discussion on the Role of Law in the Sovereign Debt Crisis

December 2014-July 2015 Central Banks: The Superstars of Our Time?

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