The Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE and the Institute for Banking and Financial History invite you to attend the conference on
Banking & the State
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The strength of the public sector is a significant characteristic of the German banking market and has been much discussed since the 1960s, particularly from the competition angle. Although European regulation has weakened the position of public banks, the debate on the state’s involvement in banking has gained momentum since the financial crisis and the COVID-19 crisis. Recent economic research has dealt with the increasing importance of the state’s involvement in the finance sector (in Germany: Sparkassen, Landesbanken, Förderbanken), the reasons behind it, and an evaluation of the effects.