CEPR Network on Household Finance PhD Prize Winner 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017



The CEPR Network on Household Finance has launched a prize for the best student paper in household finance presented at a network conference or workshop. The purpose of the prize is to recognise academic excellence and potential of young researchers engaged in household finance, as well as their contribution to the field at an early career stage. The first such prize, sponsored by the Think Forward Initiative (TFI), was awarded at the CEPR Network’s European Workshop in Household Finance in Copenhagen, Denmark on April 28, 2017.

ING Group Chief Economist Mark Cliffe commented: “The Think Forward Initiative is delighted to support the CEPR’s European Workshop on Household Finance, which showcases cutting-edge research on household decision-making. This is a clear example of how the TFI is supporting thought leadership which will help to make a real difference to people’s lives”.

He added “I’m pleased to say that TFI partnership is continuing to grow. In addition to ING, the TFI now includes Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Microsoft, Dell EMC, Deloitte and Dimension Data, as well as an international network of over 500 academics, policymakers and industry experts. We look forward to developing and applying deeper insights into household decision making.”

The Steering Committee of the CEPR Household Finance Network reviews all papers presented at its workshop or conference that were written exclusively by current PhD students. It ranks the papers, after they have been presented, according to originality, quality of research execution, and contribution to knowledge in the field. With this recognition, the CEPR HF Network aims at identifying particularly promising emerging scholars in household finance.

PhD Prize Winner 2017

The prize winner was selected from an outstanding set of papers. The first CEPR Household Finance Network Student Prize is awarded to Matteo Benetton, a PhD candidate from the London School of Economics. The paper was titled “Lenders’ Competition and Macro-Prudential Regulation: A Model of the UK Mortgage Supermarket”. The Steering Committee was particularly impressed by the development and estimation of a deep structural model of household demand and supply of residential mortgages, and its application to the important policy-relevant problem of optimal banking capital requirements.

Matteo Benetton is a Ph.D. Candidate at the London School of Economics. His research interests include industrial organization, household finance and macroeconomics. Matteo is currently studying the effects of competition and macro-prudential regulation in the mortgage market for borrowers’ choice and lenders’ pricing. Using micro-level data, he is estimating an empirical model of the UK mortgage market, to study the pass-through of funding costs and capital requirements on equilibrium prices and allocations. Matteo is also an academic visitor at the Bank of England, working on issues related to the effect of competition for the monetary transmission mechanism and the impact of Basel II on lenders’ pricing and specialization. Previously, Matteo received both his bachelor and graduate degrees in economics (summa cum laude) at the University of Pisa-Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies.

The Think Forward Initiative is devoted to finding ways of helping people to make better financial decisions. ING has teamed up with partners including the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) Household Finance Network, Microsoft, Dell EMC, Dimension Data, and Deloitte. It is an open-source multi-disciplinary movement bringing together experts representing academia, governments, consumers, and the business world. A series of research projects have already been initiated with a view to developing original insights about financial decision-making, and applying them to create solutions to help households in relevant and timely ways. TFI is also raising public awareness with high profile international events.