4th European Conference on Banking and the Economy (ECOBATE 2016)

12 October 2016 | hosted by ARBE, organised with the support of the Centre for Banking, Finance and Sustainable Development, University of Southampton.
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Quo vadis, Europe?

Since 2011, the ECOBATE has been covering important topics on how banks affect the economy and all of us. The unique format has been bringing together leading academics, business leaders and policy-makers, while being open to the general public and true open debate in the afternoon sessions.
The 4th European Conference on Banking and the Economy (ECOBATE 2016) will focus on the current momentous changes in the banking landscape, such as the process of centralisation that the European banking system is undergoing, “banking union”, negative interest rates, the proposals to ban cash and other current topics.
Who are the stakeholders, who is profiting, and what are the effects of the UK’s EU referendum on the economy as a whole? And how can relationship and community banking help the UK face the challenges of the near future?

What is it about?

Key session topics

Negative interest rates and their implications for financial stability and growth
Cash as medium of exchange
Post-crisis financial reform and monetary policies
Is the UK banking structure fit for purpose and the future?
Macroprudential regulation and monetary policy
Ethics in financial services
Sustainability and finance
Flow of funds
Monetary reform
Insurance vs. banking
Financial intermediaries and banks and economic growth


Call for papers

Submissions are now closed. Papers are considered for publication in the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money.

From the previous years

Check out the gallery from our 2013 and 2014 conferences held in Winchester.

Meet the

Keynote Speakers

ECOBATE has a tradition of bringing together distinguished economists and academics hailing from leading universities, central bank resarch departments, think tanks and governments on the one hand, and experts and finance professionals with hands-on experiene of banking and finance on the other. Its unique feature is that the Conference aims to integrate local decision-makers, business leaders and civil society in general, by opening the late afternoon and evening programme to the general public.

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Vince Cable

former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Georg Fahrenschon

President of the German Savings Banks Association


David T. Llewellyn

Professor of Banking, Loughborough University


Richard A. Werner

founder and director of the Centre for Banking, Finance and Sustainable Development (CBFSD) at the University of Southampton, Professor for International Banking.

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

former Minister of the Economy, Defense, Germany

How can I register?

To attend, either for the free part of the conference from 4 pm,
or the full day pass including academic sessions, please register through Eventbrite.


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Getting there

The Venue

The conference takes place in the historic city centre of Winchester, Hampshire, an ancient cathedral city and the former capital of England.
There are two venues: University of Winchester Business School (academic sessions), Winchester Guildhall (public session).

Travel Information & Accommodation


The ECOBATE organisers are grateful to our partners and sponsors, which include:

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