This was one of many questions discussed at the successful kick-off conference of the new journal Finance and Society last week. The journal is edited by a team of four people, including PRIO’s Nina Boy.

The 2-day event at City, University of London, featured 100 presentations, 4 keynotes and 2 roundtables and was attended by 200 people. Other questions focused on whether stress-testing makes the financial system more resilient, how the post-crisis situation affects the definition of money and safe assets and how we should understand the power of credit data.

Bringing together cross-disciplinary research on finance and money from political economy, heterodox economics, political science, economic sociology, economic geography, accounting, history, cultural economy, philosophy, literary studies and contemporary arts, the conference proved a vibrant manifestation of the many facets of global finance and an excellent platform for the research the journal is looking to publish. The programme is available here.

The event was co-organised with the Social Studies of Finance Research Network at the University of Sydney and the City Political Economy Research Centre (CITYPERC) at City, University of London. Aside from Nina, Finance and Society is edited by Angus Cameron (University of Leicester), Nathan Coombs (University of Edinburgh) and Amin Samman (City, University of London).