Research keywords: Banking, Financial Economics, Applied Econometrics, Empirical Finance.
Dr. Konstantinos N. Baltas is a Fellow in Finance in the Department of Finance at London School of Economics (LSE) and a Visiting Lecturer in the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary University of London and at the New College of the Humanities University of London - International Programme of London School of Economics (LSE).
Dr. Baltas is an applied econometrician with an interest in the fields of Banking, Financial Economics and Empirical Finance.
His current and on-going research lies in the area of efficiency, financial stability and productivity analysis with specific interest in the following areas: competition, monetary policy. He addresses the issue that the recent financial turmoil distorted the stability of numerous banking sectors and their role as financial intermediaries. This has vast implications for efficiency, competition and concentration in the banking and other financial sectors. His research essays aim to investigate thoroughly the fact that banks typically do not operate in perfectly competitive environment but rather in oligopolistic markets which are characterized by market imperfections. He explores the trade-off between financial stability and efficiency and their interconnectedness with two contradictory concepts; market-power and competition. In this way, he measures possible gains or losses in terms of economic growth and social welfare.
Dr. Baltas holds a BSc in Economics (with Distinction) from the department of Economics at the National University of Athens, a MSc in Applied Economics and Finance (with Distinction) from the department of Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business and a MPhil/PhD in Economics and Finance in the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary University of London.