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Rivista Italiana degli Economisti, Special Issue on Social Cohesion and Financial Exclusion

Rivista Italiana degli Economisti – The Journal of the Italian Economic Association

Special issue on: Social Cohesion and Financial Exclusion

Editors of the Special issue

Leonardo Becchetti (University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’)

Arnoud W. Boot (University of Amsterdam)

Robert Lensink (University of Groningen)

Alberto Zazzaro (Polytechnic University of Marche)

Call for papers

Crucial challenges of the global economy are the fight against poverty and promotion of social cohesion and equal opportunities through the creation of economic value. Matching individual talents with financial resources is crucial to promoting social mobility, productivity and growth. However, financial exclusion and asset deprivation have global dimensions. In the USA as well as Europe, 10% of the families belonging to economic vulnerable groups like immigrants, the young and the elderly, have no bank relationships and potentially experience the threat of being economically and socially excluded. The proportion is almost reversed in the poorest countries where the share of those holding current accounts is not much higher than 10 %.

The purpose of this special issue is to bring together updated and original research contributions on theoretical, empirical and policy aspects of the relationship between finance, poverty, social mobility and productivity.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Banking the poor and the unbanked
  • Microfinance
  • The geography of banks and financial exclusion
  • Social mobility and access to credit
  • Housing finance, healthcare finance and poverty
  • Fertility, education, migration and finance
  • Gender and race discrimination in credit markets
  • Social cohesion, finance and the shadow economy
  • Social capital and finance
  • Not-for-profit finance and social exclusion
  • Finance and economic development
  • Policy issues on finance and poverty

Submission and review process

Electronic submissions in Word or pdf format should be addressed to Rivista Italiana degli Economisti (sie@univpm.it) by September 12, 2011, with the indication that the submission is for the Special Issue on “Social cohesion and financial exclusion”. Contributions should be kept within 35 double-spaced pages. All papers will be externally reviewed according to the journal’s standards.

Timeline

  • September 12, 2011: Deadline for electronic submission of papers to the special issue
  • November 30, 2011: Notification to authors regarding acceptance to the special issue, which may be conditional on completing the revisions indicated in the referees’ report.