Contact Person: Matthias Leiss
Duration: 02/2016 - present
Funding: Swiss National Science Foundation
Website: Kick-off workshop
The research project will investigate systemic financial risk from the perspective of economics, ethics and political science. Its central goal consists in deepening our understanding of systemic financial risk in ways that are of use for public-policy makers, in particular as regards the regulation of financial markets. To do so, it brings together experts in economics, finance, political science and ethics from the University of Zurich’s Center for Ethics and its Institute for Political Science, the ETH Risk Centre and the ETH Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences. The project as a whole pursues four overarching goals: The first goal is to conceptualize the idea of systemic financial risk. The second is to improve our understanding of the causal pathways through which systemic financial risks take shape. The third is to explore the ethical foundations of regulating systemic financial risks. The resulting fourth goal consists in working towards regulative solutions to the problem of systemic financial risk which are both empirically robust and ethically sound.