GRETA Associati (Venice, Italy), Banca Intesa (Milan, Italy), CRIF Decision Solutions (Bologna, Italy) and Finanziaria Internazionale (Conegliano, Italy) are co-sponsors of a Conference to be held in Venice on September 25 -26, 2006. The objective of the Conference is to bring together academics, practitioners and PhD students working in the area of risks in small business lending. The Conference will provide an opportunity for participants engaged at the forefront of this area to discuss open problems and challenges and may, in turn, suggest fruitful directions for future research. The Conference, organised under the auspices of the Department of Economics of the University of Venice and ABI - Italian Banking Association, is the fifth of a series dedicated to various aspects of credit risk.

  The organizers encourage submissions of papers on any topic within the overall theme of the conference and in the following areas in particular:
Regulation and risk taking in small business lending;
Risks in trade credit;
Structured loan derivatives;
Modelling credit risk for individual loans and loan portfolios;
Risks in transactional versus relationship lending;
Geographical risks in small business lending;
Analysis and usefulness of subjective and/or qualitative information.


The final program will include both submitted and invited papers. Acceptances received so far from invited speakers include Viral Acharya (London Business School & CEPR), Joost Driessen (University of Amsterdam & CEPR), Jan-Pieter Krahnen (Goethe-University Frankfurt, CFS & CEPR), Hashem Pesaran (University of Cambridge) and Gregory F. Udell (Indiana University). Each of the papers will have a discussant, chosen from the public or private sectors. The Conference will end with a panel discussion on "Developments in the small business credit process".


Hans Degryse,
CentER - Tilburg University, TILEC, CES-Ifo & AFM Chair, (Programme Co-Chair)
Bas J.M. Werker,
CentER - Tilburg University,
(Programme Co-Chair)
Viral Acharya
London Business School & CEPR
Jan-Pieter Krahnen,
Goethe-University Frankfurt, CFS & CEPR
Steven Ongena,
CentER - Tilburg University, TILEC & CEPR
Gregory F. Udell
Indiana University

Domenico Sartore,
Monica Billio
Davide Capuzzo,
CRIF Decision Solutions

Paolo Gabriele,
Finanziaria Internazionale
Andrea Giacomelli
Loriana Pelizzon,
Agnese Sironi,
Banca Intesa

Credit Risk Evaluation Designed for Institutional Targeting in finance

Risks in Small Business Lending

Venice, 25 - 26 September 2006
last updating:
4 October 2006