A Comprehensive Approach

The SAFE research program follows a comprehensive approach combining five key research areas: financial institutions, corporate governance, household finance, financial markets, and macro finance. In addition, two research labs on systemic risk and transparency examine the interdependencies between the five research areas. This enables SAFE to overcome the widespread parceling of research approaches and to use the specific potential of an interdisciplinary collaboration of all areas.      Read more

A Continuous Dialogue with Policy Makers

The Policy Center is the second pillar of the Center of Excellence SAFE and complements the research areas. It aims at creating and maintaining a continuous dialogue with high-ranking policy makers in Europe. Both directions of communication – from politics to academia and vice versa – serve the purpose of overcoming the common separation of academia and the political realm in the area of financial market development, without giving up the neutral role of an academic institution.  Read more

Concepts for Europe

SAFE had issued a call for papers on the topic “Austerity and Economic Growth: Concepts for Europe” with the objective to solicit proposals for papers that examine the nature of the relationship between austerity, debt sustainability and growth.  Read more


News and Media

SAFE Newsletter

In order to promote a fruitful exchange with interested parties from academia, politics, business and the media, SAFE issues a quarterly newsletter which aims to provide an overview of its ongoing research and policy activities.

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Expert List

All SAFE researchers are happy to offer their expertise on a variety of policy topics. We have compiled an expert list that can be searched by keyword.

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Research Infrastructure

Data Center

The SAFE Data Center not only draws on the usual international data sources but also aims to create new European data sets, to bring existing data together and to process them. Its objective is to place the five central research areas of SAFE on a common European data footing.

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Visitors Program

With its Visitors Program, SAFE offers distinguished colleagues (senior visitors) as well as promising post-doctoral researchers (junior visitors) work stays in Frankfurt.

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