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The Oxford Handbook of Banking and Financial History


  • Cassis, Youssef
    (European University Institute)

  • Grossman, Richard S.
    (Professor of Economics, Wesleyan University)

  • Schenk, Catherine R.
    (University of Glasgow)


The financial crisis of 2008 aroused widespread interest in banking and financial history among policy makers, academics, journalists, and even bankers, in addition to the wider public. References in the press to the term 'Great Depression' spiked after the failure of Lehman Brothers in November 2008, with similar surges in references to 'economic history' at various times during the financial turbulence. In an attempt to better understand the magnitude of the shock, there was a demand for historical parallels. How severe was the financial crash? Was it, in fact, the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression? Were its causes unique or part of a well-known historical pattern? And have financial crises always led to severe depressions? Historical reflection on the recent financial crises and the long-term development of the financial system go hand in hand. This volume provides the material for such a reflection by presenting the state of the art in banking and financial history. Nineteen highly regarded experts present chapters on the economic and financial side of banking and financial activities, primarily though not solely in advanced economies, in a long-term comparative perspective. In addition to paying attention to general issues, not least those related to theoretical and methodological aspects of the discipline, the volume approaches the banking and financial world from four distinct but interrelated angles: financial institutions, financial markets, financial regulation, and financial crises. Contributors to this volume - Stefano Battilossi, University Carlos III Forrest Capie, Cass Business School City University, London Gerard Caprio, Milken Institute's Center for Financial Markets Youssef Cassis, European University Institute Caroline Fohlin, Johns Hopkins University and Emory University Richard Grossman, Wesleyan University and Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University Harold James, Princeton University Chris Kobrak, ESCP Europe Ranald Michie, Durham University Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow Laure Quennouelle-Corre, CNRS Paris Angela Redish, University of British Columbia Catherine Schenk, University of Glasgow Moritz Schularick, University of Bonn and CESifo Research Network Peter Temin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology John Turner, Queen's University Belfast Dan Wadhwani, University of the Pacific Gerarda Westerhuis, Utrecht University Juan Flores Zendejas, Paul Bairoch Institute of Economic History

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  • Cassis, Youssef & Grossman, Richard S. & Schenk, Catherine R. (ed.), 2016. "The Oxford Handbook of Banking and Financial History," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199658626.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780199658626

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    1. Òscar Jordà & Moritz Schularick & Alan M. Taylor & Felix Ward, 2019. "Global Financial Cycles and Risk Premiums," IMF Economic Review, Palgrave Macmillan;International Monetary Fund, vol. 67(1), pages 109-150, March.
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