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Call for papers: Quarterly Journal of Economic Research 2/3-2020


Quarterly Journal of Economic Research 2/3-2020

(Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung 2/3-2020)

Call for papers

Possibilities, significance and limits of development banks

Editors: Andreas Pfingsten and Dorothea Schäfer

In Germany and across Europe development banks have become increasingly important in recent years. More than ten years after the onset of the Great Financial Crisis, more than ten years since the onset of the European sovereign debt crisis and in the midst of societal discussion about the investments necessary to limit climate change and improve infrastructure, it is crucial to understand the role and importance of development banks, not just for the economy but also society. It is crucial to examine the future of development banks in detail and to draw up economic policy recommendations on how to shape the role of development banks in business.

These issues of the Quarterly Journal of Economic Research address both the original and the - over the last decade - fundamentally changed role of development banks, the economic and social reasons for establishing development banks, the benefits of this bank type, various models of development banks, as well as their appropriate regulation. Central topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Economic and social reasons for the establishment of development banks (historically and in the present)
  • Development banks and financial crises (e.g., the role of the government sponsored institutions Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac for the emergence of the Great Financial Crisis)
  • Growth and mission of development banks at national and European levels
  • Funding constraints and development banks (possible market failures, limited access to credit and equity finance for corporates, limited access to loans for households)
  • Development banks and green or sustainable finance (role in green and sustainable bonds markets, role for transformation to green lending of commercial banks, savings banks and cooperative banks)
  • Development banks and innovation
  • Development banks and the emergence and promotion of new products and markets
  • Link between development banks and economic growth
  • Development banks and their importance for the European Union or the Eurozone
  • Role of supranational development banks (World Bank, European Investment Bank, etc.)
  • Efficiency and costs of development banks compared to other state aid programs
  • Services and strategies for improving the funding instruments in times of very low interest rates
  • Development banks and the internationalization of companies
  • The role of development banks in transition and developing countries
  • Development banks and monetary policy (low-interest phase, excess liquidity)
  • Development banks and municipal financing
  • Development banks and their importance for the different banking groups (savings banks, commercial banks and cooperative banks)
  • Development banks and Capital Markets Union

We welcome theoretical and empirically substantiated contributions, including generalizable case studies. The Quarterly Journal of Economic Research prioritizes policy advice. Therefore, political implications of the analyses should be presented and discussed. Position papers from associations, politics and business are also welcome.

Authors wishing to submit a contribution (in German or English) should send a summary or an abstract (in German or English) of the planned contribution (maximum 1 page) to Andreas Pfingsten and Dorothea Schäfer (Andreas.Pfingsten(at)wiwi.uni-muenster(dot)de & The authors will receive feedback no later than December 15, 2019, as to whether their contribution is tentatively accepted. The finished contributions, which should not exceed a length of approx. 30,000 characters, must be submitted by April 15, 2020. After receiving the contributions, the editors will initiate a multi-stage editing and revision process. Please note that manuscripts can only be submitted in Word format. We ask authors to have the final manuscript proofread before re-submission. Publication of the VJH 2/3-2020 is expected in the second half of 2020.

The Quarterly Journal of Economic Research (Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung) is the oldest publication published by DIW Berlin. It has beenpublished since 1926. Accumulated research and expert knowledge are applied to economic policy problems. The DIW Quarterly Journal of Economic Research (Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung) bring together practitioners from business and politics with academics at the DIW Berlin and beyond. Each issue takes up a current topic in economic policy. The journal thus provides important guidance on complex economic policy topics and points out new perspectives and proposed solutions.


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