Dr Wilfried A. Kisling

Research
  • Trade History
  • Financial (Banking) History
  • Financial Crisis

My research examines the historical role of financial institutions in economic growth and development. Within this broader research field, I have three main lines of investigation.

Firstly, I study the role of banks in financing trade and their capacity to promote foreign trade by providing financial and informational assistance abroad in the second half of the nineteenth century until World War I. Secondly, I am interested in the question of how the internationalization of banking during the first Globalisation contributed, or not, to financial stability and the spread of financial crises in the world. Finally, I investigate the foreign debt defaults in Latin America and the lending policies and strategies of British banks in financing governments in the second half of the 20th century. In particular, I focus on the question if and how the event of foreign debt defaults influenced banks’ decision to (re-)lend to a country and on what terms.

https://wilfriedkisling.wordpress.com 

Kisling, W. 2019. “A Microanalysis of Trade Finance: German bank entry and coffee exports in Brazil, 1880-1913” European Review of Economic History, hez006,

https://doi.org/10.1093/ereh/hez006

Featured Publication
 Orígenes de la globalización bancaria. Experiencias de España y América Latina

 

Orígenes de la globalización bancaria. Experiencias de España y América Latina (El Colegio de México, Genueve Ediciones, 2017)

La formación, estructura y funcionamiento de los sistemas financieros modernos tienen una larga tradición en los estudios de historia económica y en los de desarrollo económico. La mayoría de estos análisis, abordados desde una perspectiva histórica, han centrado su atención en experiencias o casos nacionales, y cuando se ha buscado la comparación, en ocasiones se ha puesto el énfasis bien en los aspectos normativos e institucionales de los problemas, bien en una verificación econométrica de la alta asociación entre estructura financiera y crecimiento económico. Similares resultados se han ofrecido por parte de los economistas de la evolución económica para las sociedades de «desarrollo reciente», al constatar la importancia de los factores financieros a la hora de explicar el éxito o el fracaso relativo, en cada país, del proceso de crecimiento económico moderno. En el presente volumen se pretende contribuir a esta amplia discusión, con un enfoque histórico, que centra la atención en la comparación de un número selecto de estudios sobre las trayectorias de bancos de España y América Latina en el largo plazo, desde los orígenes hasta la creación de los bancos centrales y de la banca de desarrollo.

Google translation: The formation, structure and operation of modern financial systems have a long tradition in economic history studies and economic development studies. Most of these analyzes, approached from a historical perspective, have focused their attention on national experiences or cases, and when the comparison has been sought, sometimes the emphasis has been placed well on the normative and institutional aspects of the problems, either on an econometric verification of the high association between financial structure and economic growth. Similar results have been offered by economists of the economic evolution for the "recent development" societies, when stating the importance of the financial factors in explaining the relative success or failure in each country, of the process of modern economic growth. This volume is intended to contribute to this broad discussion, with a historical approach, which focuses attention on the comparison of a select number of studies on the trajectories of banks in Spain and Latin America in the long term, from the origins to the creation of central banks and development banks.

https://www.editorial.unican.es/libro/origenes-de-la-globalizacion-bancaria-experiencias-de-espana-y-america-latina

Teaching

I currently teach:

Prelims: FHS:
Quantifications in History  

 

Global Economic History

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