Banking & the State

Conference at the European Association for Banking and Financial History in Frankfurt am Main

The eabh (, the Institute for Banking and Financial History (, and the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE ( are jointly organizing a conference on ‘Banking & the State’, which will be held in Frankfurt am Main on 23 February 2021.

The strength of the public sector is a significant characteristic of the German banking market and has been much discussed since the 1960s, particularly from the competition angle. Although European regulation has weakened the position of public banks, the debate on the State’s involvement in banking has gained momentum since thefinancial crisis and the Covid-19 Crisis. Recent economic research has dealt with the increasing importance of the State’s involvement in the finance sector (in Germany: Sparkassen, Landesbanken, Förderbanken), the reasons behind it and an evaluation of the effects.

Program participants’ accommodation and travel expenses will be covered (within a set budget).

For questions please contact: Carmen Hofmann: c.hofmann(at)bankinghistory(dot)org or Hanna Floto-Degener: floto-degener(at)ibf-frankfurt(dot)de


Hugo Bänziger (eabh), Hanna Floto-Degener (Institut für Bank- und Finanzgeschichte e.V.), Carmen Hofmann(eabh), Harold James (Princeton University), Jan Pieter Krahnen (Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE, Frankfurt), Bernd Rudolph (LMU München), Reinhard H. Schmidt (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Call for Papers (LINK)