Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 13:00-15:00 S314, SOAS University of London (Paul Webley Wing) Speaker: Dr Tolulola Lawa, Lecturer in Accounting , SOAS University of London Chair: Professor Victor Murinde, AXA Chair in Global Finance, SOAS University of London
Wednesday, 13th March 2019, 13:00-15:00 S314, SOAS University of London (Paul Webley Wing) Speaker: Professor Stephany Griffith-Jones, Financial Markets Director, Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University (part-time); Emeritus Fellow, Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex; and Research Associate at Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London. Chair: Victor Murinde, AXA Professor in Global Finance, SOAS University of London
Financial inclusion has emerged as a major policy agenda in many developing and developed countries with the aim to increase access to formal financial services. In particular, households with lower incomes and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) experience financial exclusion. This results in underinvestment in human capital, health and capital stock, diminishing economic growth.
Financial technology (Fintech) promises to enhance financial inclusion offering technological solutions that reduce information asymmetry (e.g. rating systems), transaction costs, and the need for intermediation (e.g. peer-to-peer lending platforms). Will these innovations eliminate financial constraints? Is there a future without banks? Can new technologies promote sustainable investment?
The conference and special issue will discuss these and related questions encouraging empirical and theoretical contributions to the literature on these subjects.
An extraordinary research workshop was held at Loughborough University on Friday 25th January 2019, jointly convened by the Centre for Global Finance (CGF) at SOAS and the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University.
CGF is delighted to share information about a new book: “Paths for Sustainable Economic Development: Festschrift for Shubhashis Gangopadhyay”, edited by Robert Lensink, Stefan Sjogren and Clas Wihlborg.
This is a path-breaking book that addresses important aspects of sustainable economic development, with contributions from 40 leading scholars in the areas of finance, economics, law and development.