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4 th Financial Stability Conference

'Banks and the Public Finances'

4 and 5 October 2012
Tilburg, Netherlands

Venue: Ruth First room - C 186 (Mezzanine - Zone E) | Cobbenhagen Building
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The conference will be organized in cooperation with the European Banking Center and the CEPR.
The conference will be sponsored by SNL Financial Ltd.

Note: Each paper is allotted 50 minutes, 25 for the paper presentation, 15 for the discussant presentation and 10 for the general discussion.

Thursday, 4 October 2012
8:30-9:00 Registration with coffee/tea

Session I
Chair: Harry Huizinga (Tilburg University)
9:00-9:10 Opening of the Conference by Olivier De Jonghe and Harry Huizinga

9:10-10:00 Ricardo Correa (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System) `International Evidence on Government Support and Risk-taking in the Banking Sector`

Co-authors: Luis Brandao-Marques (International Monetary Fund)
Horacio Sapriza (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System)
Discussant: Michael Koetter (Frankfurt School of Finance and Management)
10:00-10:50 Ran Duchin (Ross School of Business - University of Michigan)
"Safer Ratios, Riskier Portfolios: Banks` Response to Government Aid"
Co-authors: Denis Sosyura (Ross School of Business - University of Michigan)
Discussant: Vasso Ioannidou (Tilburg University)
10:50-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:30 Conference Keynote Speech by Viral V. Acharya (Stern - New York University)
"Are Banks Passive Liquidity Backstops? Deposit Rates and Flows During the 2007-2009 Crisis"
Co-author: Nada Mora
12:30-14:00 Lunch at Faculty Club

Session II
Chair: Thorsten Beck (Tilburg University)
14:00-14:50 Enrico Perotti (University of Amsterdam, DNB and DSF)
Convertible Bonds and Bank Risk-taking'
Co-authors: Natalya Martynova (University of Amsterdam and DSF)
Discussant: Fabio Castiglionesi (Tilburg University)
14:50-15:40 John Gallemore (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Deferred Tax Assets and Bank Regulatory Capital'
Discussant: Olivier De Jonghe (Tilburg University)
15:40-16:00 Presentation by Karitas Didriksdottir - SNL
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:30 Glenn Schepens (Ghent University)
"Bank/sovereign Risk Spillovers in the European Debt Crisis"
Co-authors: Valerie De Bruyckere, Maria Gerhardt and Rudi Vander Vennet (Ghent University)
Discussant: Larissa Schaefer (Tilburg University)
18:00-21.30 Appetizer & Dinner at Auberge du Bonheur
Dinner will start at 18.30 hrs. (invitees only)

Friday, 5 October 2012
8:40-9:00 Coffee/tea

Session III
Chair: Wolf Wagner (Tilburg University)
9:00-9:50 Isabel Schnabel (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)
Too Big To Fail Or To Save? - Evidence from the CDS Market
Co-authors: Andreas Barth (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)
Discussant: Klaus Schaeck (Bangor Business School)
9:50-10:40 Diana Bonfim (Banco de Portugal and ISEG-UTL)
Liquidity Risk in Banking: Is there Herding?
Co-authors: Moshe Kim (Universitat Pompeu Fabra and University of Haifa)
Discussant: Falko Fecht (Frankfurt School of Finance and Management)
10:40-11:10 Coffee break
11:10-12:00 Christian Rauch (Goethe University Frankfurt)
The Roles of Corporate Governance in Bank Failures during the Recent Financial Crisis
Co-authors: Allen N. Berger (Moore School of Business - University of South Carolina)
Björn Imbierowicz (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Discussant: Barbara Casu (Cass Business School - London)
12:00-12:50 Nicolas Coleman (Brown University)
Bank Ownership, Lending, and Local Economic Performance in the 2008 Financial Crisis
Co-authors: Leo Feler (Johns Hopkins University)
Discussant: Neeltje van Horen (Dutch Central Bank)
12:50-13:00 Closing Remarks by Olivier De Jonghe and Harry Huizinga
13:00-14:00 Take away lunch


The ongoing financial crisis is showing that the fates of a country's banking sector and of its public finances are too much intertwined. Banking crises in Iceland, Ireland and other countries have wrecked the public finances of these countries. Currently, the European sovereign debt crisis is proving to be a major threat to the stability of Europe's banking system.
The relationship between the banking sector and the public finances is a complex one. First, government ownership of banks is prevalent, and rising on account of the crisis. Second, the behavior of private banks may be influenced by politics, for instance if politicians sit on the boards of banks. Third, the financial safety net is backstopped by national treasuries so that a banking crisis entails potentially huge fiscal costs. Fourth, banks are subject to taxation, and potentially constitute a major source of tax revenues. Fifth, government debt is a key asset category of banks, so that a government debt crisis can cause widespread bank distress.
Going forward, a key question is how the relation between the banking sector and the public finances can be reconfigured to bring back financial stability, including government finance stability.
Keynote Speaker
Prof. Viral V. Acharya, New York University - Stern School of Business, CEPR.
We have invited high quality submissions of theoretical and empirical nature. This conference aims to bring together contributions on topics including the following:
• The impact of government ownership of banks on efficiency, credit and financial stability
• Politics and banking.
• Subsidies implicit in the financial safety net, and how to eliminate them?
• How to cope with the too-big-to-fail and too-complex-to-fail phenomena?
• The fiscal costs of banking crises. How can bank regulation and resolution strategies reduce these costs?
• How to backstop an international bank? Is there need for institutional reform?
• Taxation of the financial sector. What are actual tax burdens on banks, how does taxation affect bank behavior, how to appropriately tax the financial sector, and what is the interplay between taxation and regulation?
• The sovereign debt crisis and the banking sector. The role of new institutions such as the EFSF.

• Does the Basle III framework adequately address bank holdings of sovereign debt?

Submission deadline
The deadline for submissions is closed. Papers should be submitted electronically to along with your affiliation and email address. In the email, please indicate whether or not you are willing to act as a discussant. Acceptance decisions will be made by July 15, 2012. Economy class travel and accommodation for invited participants will be covered.

Further information
The conference will be held at Tilburg University. Tentatively, the program will start on Thursday at 9:00 and will end on Friday at 14:00. The program will include 8-10 papers with their discussions, leaving ample time for comments from the audience. Presenters and discussants are kindly invited to attend for the whole duration of the conference.

Participation and registration
The conference participation fee is 75 euro and covers admission to all academic sessions, handout materials and information package, drinks and lunches. Participation is free of charge for CEPR and Tilburg University affiliates, presenters and discussants. There is an additional 75 euro fee if you want to join the official conference dinner on October 4, 2012. This fee is only waived for presenters, discussants and session chairs. Please register for this conference before August 27 via You will receive a confirmation of your registration and additional information on the payment if applicable.

- Olivier De Jonghe (EBC, Tilburg University)
- Harry Huizinga (EBC, Tilburg University)

Program committee
- Charles Calomiris (Columbia Business School)
- Stijn Claessens (IMF, CEPR and University of Amsterdam)
- Reint Gropp (European Business School)
- Florencio Lopez de Silanes (EDHEC Business School)
- Enrico Perotti (University of Amsterdam, CEPR)
- Andrea Sironi (Bocconi University)
- Philip Strahan (Boston College)
- Wolf Wagner (Tilburg University)

When: 04 October 2012 08:30

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