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Course module: 30L306-B-6
The Economics of Banking and Finance
Course info
Course module30L306-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Economics and Management; TiSEM: Economics; Economics;
Is part of
B Philosophy
B Economics and Business Economics
B Economics
prof. dr. H.P. Huizinga
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
SM 2
Course mode
Registration openfrom 07/01/2020 up to and including 21/08/2020

For better or worse, the financial system is critical for a modern, market-based economy. Students will be trained in the economics of the banking industry and learn to assess and participate in the current policy debate on financial sector reform.


To be determined


Students will learn about the role of the financial system in general and banks in specific for the modern market economy. We will discuss how the financial system can contribute to the operation and growth of the economy but also the causes of the recent crisis. We will discuss the need for regulation and supervision and the optimal structure thereof. Risk management of financial institutions will be discussed. Throughout the course, we will refer to current policy debates. These, for instance, relate to bank activities, bank size, bank internationalization and the trade-off between bank regulation and taxation.

Type of instructions

Lecture (2 hours every week), tutorial (2 hours, selected weeks)

Type of exams

written exam plus paper

Compulsory Reading
  1. A.N. Berger, Ph. Molyneux & J.O.S. Wilson (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Banking, Oxford University Press, 2012, ISBN 978-0-19-964093-5. paperback version, selected chapters
  2. Papers on Blackboard.
  3. Lecture Notes.
Course available for exchange students
Conditions of admission apply
Contact person
prof. dr. H.A. Benink
Timetable information
The Economics of Banking and Finance
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01SM 2129-05-2020
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01SM 2206-07-2020
Required materials
Recommended materials

Final grade

Paper 1

Paper 2

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