The academic workshops on the future of financial mutuals were instigated by the BSA in 2017 to encourage and support research into financial mutuals and to grow the network of interested academics, as the majority of research in banking is based on shareholder-owned banks.
The workshop continues to grow in terms of numbers and standing. We were delighted to be hosted by the Centre for the Study of Cooperative Banks at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan.
The event was held in conjunction with Bayes Business School, University of London, and Federcasse, the Italian Federation of Cooperative Credit Banks, as well as the BSA.
Academics attended from universities in the UK, Italy, Spain, Germany and the USA. The event was covered by the Italian media, including Il sole 24 Ore, their equivalent of the FT. There were also keynote speeches from the Bank of Italy and the EACB.
Papers that were presented at the workshop covered a wide range of topics from an international perspective, including:
We are looking forward to building on the growing momentum that we have seen over recent years and develop the network of interested researchers at future conferences.
To find out more contact: Andrew Gall, Head of Savings and Economics at the BSA