Finance, Law, and Economics Working Group


Finance, Law, and Economics are inherently interrelated disciplines. We bring economists, lawyers and practioners together to better understand issues of financial stability, financial market reform and the future of the banking and payments systems.

Jan Ritter (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
Vincent Jerald Ramos (Hertie School / Humboldt University, Germany)
Maria Virginia Solis Wahnish (Economy of Francesco, Argentina)



Research themes

  • Regulation and Transformation in the Financial Systems: Sustainable Finance; Financial Innovation; Fintech Regulation, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies; Internet and Mobile Money; Non-Bank Payment Services Providers (PSPs) and other Innovative Financial Services
  • Law and Political Economy: socio-political, economic, and legal dimensions of governance; competition law; labor markets; intellectual property; power and democracy; property rights; corruption; contract-based institutional arrangements; informal markets
  • Monetary and Fiscal Policy: taxation; inflation; spending; austerity; interest rate determination; budget deficits; foreign debt; insolvency and sovereign debt regulation; money and markets, etc.
  • Global Economic Governance: Trade and Development; Trade Wars and Economic sanctions; International Investment Law; Geopolitics; the role of cities and communities in global economic governance, etc.
  • Economy and Socio-Environmental: Social Economy, sustainable finance, social business, integral development, integral ecology, equal agency of social civil actors, fraternal economy, food systems, etc.

Research questions

  • What are the social and economic effects of the ongoing reorientation of antitrust law to address
    power imbalances in labor markets? What legal reforms are necessary to guarantee workers’
    freedom of occupation around the world?
  • How should policymakers respond to increasing inflation rates? What can we learn from the legal and
    economic responses of governments in previous episodes of stagflation?
  • What are the economic justifications and legal bases for progressive policy proposals (e.g. wealth
    taxes, minimum corporate global taxes, federal ban of non-compete clauses, suspension of
    intellectual property rights)?
  • How can central banks adequately regulate a fast changing financial system? What kinds of
    international agreements are necessary in this regard?
  • How can an economy with a new perspective be built? What does it take to create an economy that
    serves to create a positive social and environmental impact?
  • How do we enhance collaboration between lawyers and economists when addressing
    multidisciplinary challenges?
  • How will Central Bank digital currencies (CBDCs) affect monetary economics, the future of money, or the nature of money?
  • How can we switch from value extraction to value creation?
  • How or why has COVID-19 exacerbated international inequality?
  • What is the impact of COVID-19 on the above mentioned research areas?

Projects Planned 

  • Summer School with the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) and the
    Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and the Law (APPEAL)
  • Exercise of Labor Market Power Webinar
  • WINIR YSI Doctoral Workshop and Pre-conference event
  • Book Launch of First 100 Days: Comparative COVID Project
  • YSI-IUC Seminar Series
  • Financing the Future Webinar Series
  • What does a Laudato Si farm look like? Cooperation project between Farm of Francesco with Oxford
    University and other actors.
  • Faith For Our Planet Project on interfaith farming.
  • YSI-The Economy of Francesco Webinar Series continued.

Existing partnerships and cooperation 

  • African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL)
  • Amsterdam Center for Law and Economics (ACLE)
  • Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and the Law (APPEAL)
  • Economy of Francesco – Agriculture & Justice Village and Energy & Poverty Village
  • Faith for our Planet
  • Financial Risk and Stability Network
  • Finance Watch
  • Hong Kong City University
  • International University College of Turin
  • Oxford University – Laudato Si Institute
  • University of Manchester
  • Scholas Occurrentes


You’re welcome to join any webinar or reading group at any time. You’re also invited to apply to present or participate in an any in-person workshop in your area. 



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