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The AAF Virtual Debates

About the All About Finance Virtual Debates

The All About Finance blog hosts an occasional series of virtual debates on key policy issues related to financial sector development. The debates are moderated by Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, and two prominent thinkers on an issue are invited to argue for or against a question. Each debater has an opportunity to provide both an opening argument and a response to the opposing debater's opening argument.

Readers of the blog are invited to participate in debates both by contributing to the comments section of the post and by voting in an on-line poll that will be open for the length of the debate. The moderator may choose to highlight comments that contribute greatly to the quality of the debate.

Upcoming Virtual Debates

Has executive compensation contributed to the financial crisis? 


Lucian Bebchuk

William J. Friedman and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor of Law, Economics, and Finance at Harvard Law School

Read more about Professor Bebchuk.


René M. Stulz

Everett D. Reese Chair of Banking and Monetary Economics at Ohio State University 

Read more about Professor Stulz.

Previous Virtual Debates

Can state-owned banks play an important role in promoting financial stability and access?

From February 2-14, the All About Finance blog hosted a virtual debate on state-owned banks. Asli invited Professors Franklin Allen and Charles Calomiris to weigh in on the issue. Readers voted on the question during the course of the debate, with a final tally of 153 "yes" votes and 51 "no" votes.


The AAF Virtual Debate Blog Posts

The AAF Virtual Debate Reading List

For key articles and books on state-owned banks, please see the AAF Virtual Debate Reading List.