I highly recommend this book to everyone, economist or not, who want to better understand the enormous challenges that financial systems nowadays have to face, particularly in the context of the European monetary integration. One of the main advantages of this book is that it does not reflect the opinion of only one author, but instead, it presents the views of 23 authors, all academics and qualified researchers, working in well known universities and research institutions from different EU and non EU countries. --Candida Ferreira, Associate Professor, School of Economics and Management, Technical University of Lisbon (ISEG-UTL) and Research Unit on Complexity and Economics (UECE)
Analyzing the consequences of the European monetary integration on financial systems is certainly a challenging task, but this book tackles it very successfully by presenting a rich collection of highly original studies on the most relevant issues: exchange rate convergence of euro-candidates, inflation targeting, portfolio choice, volatility, yield curve disturbances and many others, currently debated in finance, macroeconomics and political economy. The International Conference on Finance and Banking at Silesian University in Karviná is a well established scientific event where the hottest issues in the financial scenario are analyzed from an international perspective. --Marco Mazzoli, Associate Professor of Monetary and International Economics, Director of CESPEM, Università Cattolica del S. Cuore, Italy
About the Author
Daniel Stavarek is Associate Professor of International Finance and Head of Department of Finance at Silesian University, School of Business Administration in Karvina, Czech Republic. He received a Ph.D. from the Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic. He has extensive teaching experience in lectureships at foreign universities. His research primarily focuses on exchange rates, foreign exchange markets and European monetary integration. Stanislav Poloucek is Professor of Finance and rector at the College of Social and Administration Affairs in Havirov, Czech Republic. He is the chairman of the International Program Committee of biennial International Conference on Finance and Banking. His research concentrates on financial and banking sector development in developed as well as transition countries, and monetary theory and policy.