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BC4LS Guest Talks, our guest speaker will be Richard A. Werner, Professor of Banking and Finance

Richard A. Werner,
Professor of Banking and Finance, from
De Montfort University, Leicester

Date of event: 24th March 2022. 18:00 CET (in classroom QA407)

Topic: Digital Control Grid: How Does the Economy Really Work, and What are the Rules of the Money Game?

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About the topic:

The peaceful demonstrations in Ottawa were ended in February when the government froze the demonstrators’ access to their bank accounts. The same happened to the Russian central bank in March. What does this mean for Bitcoin? Is Central Bank Digital Currency a good thing? To understand current events, it is important to understand how the economy really works, not what theory says. What is the true role of the financial sector? What are the rules of the money game? What are the secrets of the banking trade? This lecture reveals long classified information that is too sensitive to feature in economics textbooks.

About our guest:

Professor Richard A. Werner, born in Germany in 1967.


  • 2018, Executive Education, Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law, University of Cambridge
  • 1989 – 1995 D.Phil Economics, University of Oxford
  • 1987 – 1989 B.Sc. (Econ)Economics First Class Honours, London School of Economics and Political Science, U. of London

Professional experience

  • Richard is a Member of Linacre College, Oxford, and he is a university professor in banking and finance. 
  • He is also a founding chair of Local First, a community interest company establishing not-for-profit community banks in the UK (including the Hampshire Community Bank).
  • His recommended charity is the Association for Research on Banking and the Economy (
  • Until February 2019, Richard was for many years a member of the ECB Shadow Council.
  • In 2008 he founded, and has been director of the Centre for Banking, Finance and Sustainable Development – the first research centre to focus on the link between the financial sector and sustainability issues.
  • Between 2009 and 2012 for five semesters he was a full-time professor of monetary, macro and development economics (W3) at Goethe-University Frankfurt.
  • Until July 2018 he was Professor of International Banking at the University of Southampton (having joined in April 2004).
  • From 1997 to 2004 he was assistant professor in economics and finance at Sophia University, Tokyo (one of Japan’s top 3 private universities).
  • He has also taught development finance and sustainability at Moscow State University, as well as a range of economics, banking and finance courses at a number of other universities.
  • His work experience includes over four years as highly-rated chief economist at Jardine Fleming Securities (Asia) Ltd., a stint as Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns Asset Management Ltd., many years managing global macro funds, several years as senior consultant to the Asian Development Bank and periods as visiting scholar and visiting researcher at the Japanese Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Japan, respectively. He was also the first Shimomura Fellow at the Development Bank of Japan.
  • In 1992, while European Commission Fellow at Oxford University’s Institute for Economics and Statistics, Richard proposed the disaggregation of credit and its impact on asset markets and growth with his ‘Quantity Theory of Credit’ (see here).
  • In 1995, he advanced the concept of ‘quantitative easing’ in Japan (defined as an expansion in credit creation, published in the leading daily newspaper, the Nikkei, on 2 September 1995).
  • His book ‘Princes of the Yen’ was a No. 1 bestseller in Japan, beating Harry Potter for six weeks. In its English edition of 2003, he warned of the coming creation of credit bubbles and banking crises in the eurozone.
  • So did his 2005 book ‘New Paradigm in Macroeconomics’ (Palgrave Macmillan). In 2014, Richard published the first empirical proof of the fact that banks create money when they grant loans. The World Economic Forum, Davos, selected him as “Global Leader for Tomorrow” in 2003.


  • 2003 – World Economic Forum in Davos, „Global Leader for Tomorrow”

Selected publications

  • 2016 – Werner, Richard A. (2016). „A lost century in Economics: Three theories of banking and the conclusive evidence”. International Review of Financial Analysis, 46, July, 361-379.
  • 2014 – Werner, Richard A. (2014). „How do banks create money, and why can other firms not do the same? An explanation for the coexistence of lending and deposit-taking”. International Review of Financial Analysis, 36, December, 71-77.
  • 2014 – Werner, Richard A. (2014). „Enhanced Debt Management: Solbing the eurozone crisis by linking debt management with fiscal and monetary policy”. Journal of International Money and Finance, 49, December, 443-469.
  • 2013 – Werner, Richard A. (2013). „Towards a More Stable and Sustainable Financial Architecture – A Discussion and Application of the Quantity Theory of Credit”. Credit and Capital Markets – Kredit und Kapital. 46 (3): 357–387.
  • 2013 – Werner, Richard A. (2013). „Commentary”. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. 45 (12): 2789–2796.
  • Ryan-Collins, Josh; Werner, Richard; Jackson, Andrew (2012). Where Does Money Come From?: A Guide to the UK Monetary & Banking System (2nd ed.). London: New Economics Foundation.
  • Princes of the Yen: Japan’s central bankers and the transformation of the economy (2001) 2nd edition 2018 by Quantum Publishers
  • 2007 – „The cause of Japan’s recession and the lessons for the world,” in: Bailey, Coffey and Tomlinson (eds), Crisis or Recovery: Industry and State in Japan. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

The event is organized jointly with BC4LS (Budapest Centre For Long-term Sustainability), for more information about them, visit: