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Special Lecture: The Netherlands as an Offshore Financial Centre 1915-1960 (Prof. Ben Wubs, Erasmus University)


This week we are happy to welcome Professor Ben Wubs of Erasmus University and invite you to his lecture
"The Netherlands as an Offshore Financial Centre, 1915-1960", which will take place on April 23, 2021 at 9:30 AM online.

Link to Zoom:
Meeting ID: 936 2902 7368
Passcode: 013105

The historical significance of offshore financial centres (OFCs) derives not from their individual characteristics but from their place and connectedness in a growing transnational financial system that emerged from the tensions between mobile capital and the rise of the centralised, tax-levying state in the 20th century. This lecture argues that OFCs should be understood as networked entities with specialised, complementary roles and explores colonial ties as a mechanism for shaping such OFC networks through a case study of the Netherlands and its crown dependencies in the Netherlands Antilles.

The lecture questions when, how and why the Netherlands and Curaçao emerged as OFCs, and focuses on the interaction between Netherlands Antilles and Dutch authorities on the one hand and financial corporates, entrepreneurs and Dutch multinationals on the other.

Ben Wubs is Professor of International Business History at the ESHCC, Erasmus University Rotterdam, an Appointed Project Professor at the Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University, and a Programme Director of the Erasmus Mundus International Master’s programme GLOCAL. He is engaged in various research projects related to international business, offshore financial centres, business systems, transnational economic regions, and the transnational fashion industry.

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