Seminar Banking

(Literature Seminar)

Seminar in Empirical Banking



Prof. Dr. Andre Guettler


General description

The seminar in empirical banking is for Master students (including Master of Finance students). Students will form groups of two (or three). Students may provide grouping and paper preferences but there are no guarantees. Each group is assigned one paper (see below). Students are required to read related academic papers. The seminar thesis and its corresponding presentation need to summarize the paper and it should also discuss the paper’s strengths and weaknesses. For the latter, refer to these general guidelines for referee reports to scrutinize academic papers (even though you do not need to make any accept / reject recommendations!). The presentations will take place on one day towards the end of the winter semester.



The seminar language (seminar thesis, presentation, discussion etc.) is English.


Grading (per group)

- 50%: seminar thesis 

- 50%: presentation



The date of registration for the seminar is July 08 (the uniform dates for seminar registration across all institutes). Please come to the Institute at 6 pm and provide your topic and group preferences in person. Note that you can register yourself and ONE further student. There are some open slots left; pls contact Patrick Launhardt for further information.

By September 30, we require all students to formally register with the student secretary ("Hochschulportal"). Otherwise, you cannot participate in this seminar!


Submission & Presentations

Please submit your thesis until 12 a.m. (noon) 22nd of December 2015.

Presentations will take place on 14th of January 2016, 9-12 a.m.; room 2.19, Helmholtzstraße 22.



I. Bank competition and allocative efficiency

1. Public Bank Guarantees and Allocative Efficiency, by Gropp, Guettler and Saadi, 2015, Working paper.

2. Entrepreneurship and Bank Credit Availability, by Black and Strahan, 2002, Journal of Finance 57, 2807-2833.

3. The Finance-Growth Nexus: Evidence from Bank Branch Deregulation, by Jayaratne and Strahan, 1996, Quarterly Journal of Economics 111, 639-670. (still available)

4. Banking Deregulation and Industry Structure: Evidence from the French Banking Reforms of 1985, by Bertrand, Schoar, Thesmar, 2007, Journal of Finance 62, 597-628.


II. Spatial bank competition

5. Distance, Lending Relationships, and Competition, by Degryse and Ongena, 2005, Journal of Finance 60, 231-266. (still available)

6. Does Distance Still Matter? The Information Revolution in Small Business Lending, by Petersen and Rajan, 2002, Journal of Finance 57, 2533-2570.

7. Distance, Bank Heterogeneity and Entry in Local Banking Markets, by Felici and Pagnini, 2008, Journal of Industrial Economics 56, 500-534. (still available)