Florence School of Banking & Finance

Empirical Methods in Sustainable Banking

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Programme Description

The course provides an overview of empirical methods that can be deployed to investigate issues in sustainable finance. In particular the methods that are discussed allow the empirical researcher to analyze the unique role of banks and the stability and sustainability of a banking system, the role of collateral to make lending safe and banks sustainable, the management of environmental risks at the bank level, and the way lending by banks to households and credit constrained firms can be made sustainable.

When discussing methods to analyze the provision of sustainable credit for a sustainable society the focus is on: the monetary conditions and the bank risk taking channel; inequalities, bank credit and business growth; the financing of brown and green activities; and macro prudential regulation of banks and their real effects.

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