The Research Center „Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe“ (SAFE) is a cooperation of the Center for Financial Studies and Goethe University Frankfurt funded by the Hessian excellence initiative LOEWE. The Center, which is located at Goethe University's House of Finance, is dedicated to research and policy advice in the area of finance.
Unique characteristics of SAFE’s research program are the comprehensive analysis of all aspects of modern financial markets, the collaboration across different research areas, the collection and provision of new German and European data sets that reflect the features of European institutions and households, as well as the interdisciplinary approach encompassing financial economists, micro- and macroeconomists and legal academics.
A new concept for professional policy advice focused on Berlin, Brussels, and Wiesbaden is the Center’s second pillar. Based on independent academic research, the SAFE Policy Center maintains a permanent dialogue with members of governments and parliaments about topical questions on financial markets. Its aim is to develop answers towards a better regulatory framework.
A close integration into the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration as well as the Faculty of Law anchors SAFE in the Goethe University. At the Graduate School of Economics, Finance, and Management (GSEFM), doctoral students follow a course program that covers the core quantitative-analytical methods employed in state of the art research. SAFE contributes to this education and integrates the best students into its research program.
SAFE aims to become a leading research center in Europe on all areas relevant for developing a sustainable architecture for finance (Research), that offers a dynamic interaction with policy makers and society (Policy), while engaging a critical mass of young researchers and professionals in SAFE activities (Education & Training).