Savings in a world without interest, Financial History Workshop

Nancy Lockkamper's picture
May 27, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Business History / Studies, Contemporary History

Seven speakers confirmed for workshop on low interest rates

Seven speakers will share their views and experiences on the savings behaviour throughout history, as well as the period of ultra-low interest rates Europe is currently facing, during the workshop "Savings in a World without Interest". The event will take place on 27 May in Brussels, from 10:00 to 13:00, followed by a networking lunch. Chris De Noose, WSBI-ESBG Managing Director, will a give a welcome speech.

Garrick Hileman, rewarded Senior Research Associate in the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance & London School of Economics and researcher at the Centre for Macroeconomics, will talk about the "Four Origins and Measurement of Financial Repression: the British Case mid-20th Century". Garrick has already been invited to present his research on Monetary and Financial Innovation to government organisations, including central banks and war colleges, as well as private firms such as Visa, Black Rock, and UBS.

Recently ranked by City A.M. as one of the 100 most influential economists in the UK & Ireland, Garrick has 20 years of private sector experience with both start-ups and established companies such as Visa, Lloyd's of London, Bank of America, The Home Depot, and Allianz. Other researches he carried out include Systemic Risk, Sovereign Debt, Financial Crises, Black Markets, Financial Repression, and Innovation.

Andreas Hoffmann, from the University of Leipzig, in Germany, will compare "Savings and Investment during the Great Depression and the Recent Global Crisis". Dr. Hoffmann holds a PhD in economics and teaches International Economics, Financial Development and Macroeconomic. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Turin, New York University, and the Central Bank of Colombia. Dr. Hoffmann's primary research interests are in the fields of International Finance, Monetary Policy and Financial History.

Josephine Maltby, Professor at the Sheffield University Management School, in the United Kingdom, will cover the topic "Insurance and Investment: Savings Banks and Asset-based Welfare".

Lecturers from overseas

Pui-Tak Lee, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Hong-Kong, in China, will tell attendees about "Fishing in Troubled Water: Savings Business in China during the 1920s-1930s". He holds a master and doctoral degree in Asian History from the University of Tokyo and received the Toyota Foundation's Award on Chinese Business History in Asia in 2007. Dr. Pui-Tak Lee organized the Chinese Business History series for the Hong Kong University Press in 2009. He is currently working on two book projects, one on K. P Chen and the Shanghai Commercial and Savings Bank, 1915-1965, and the other one on The Chong Hing Bank in Hong Kong, 1947-2017.

Zeliha Sayar, from the Yildiz Technical University, in Turkey, will also bring examples from outside the Eurozone. She will discuss "The role of Low Interest Rates on preferences of Savings in Turkey".

Discussion and wrap-up

There will also be time for discussion among all participants. Thorsten Wehber, Head of Documentation Center on Savings Banks History of the German Savings Banks Association (DSGV), will do the wrap-up. Thorsten has been in charge of DSGV's Documentation Center on Savings Banks History since 2002. He lectures at the University of Applied Sciences and the Management Academy of the Savings Banks Finance Group and chairs the Study Group on Savings Banks History.


  • Chris De Noose
  • Garrick Hileman
  • Andreas Hoffman
  • Josephine Maltby
  • Pui-Tak Lee
  • Zeliha Sayar
  • Thorsten Wehber

For more information and registration: WSBI-ESBG website. Attendance is free of charge. We look forward to seeing you there!

Contact Info: 
Nancy Lockkamper
Rue Marie-Thérèse 11
B – 1000 Brussels
Tel. +32 (0)2  211 11 87