Does finance contribute to society?

Does finance contribute to society?

The recent financial crisis has triggered a lot of criticism on the financial sector, for example in Joris Luyendijk’s book Swimming with sharks (in Dutch: Dit kan niet waar zijn). Bankers and other finance professionals are viewed as primarily pursuing their own interest, rather than the interest of their customers, or society as a whole. In this workshop, you will discuss the following questions:

  • What is the contribution of the financial sector to society?
  • Has the financial sector changed in recent years to become more focused on the common good?
  • What can be done to increase the social value of finance?
  • How does the financial sector compare to other sectors in these respects?