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Clark Banach

PhD Candidate

Address
Lansstraße 5-9
14195 Berlin

Education

 2017 Free University of Berlin – Berlin, Germany         
- PhD Economics  (Expected 2020)  
- - Doctoral candidate in the field of Organizational Economics
2015 -

Berlin School of Economics and Law – Berlin, Germany
- MA International Economics (Expected 2018)
- - Focus on Institutional Economics and International Trade

2009 – 11’

Berlin School of Economics and Law – Berlin, Germany
- MA International Strategic Marketing Management (2011)
- - Focus on Information Supply Chains of Multinational Firms

2007 – 10’ Canisius College (dual degree) – Buffalo NY, United States
- MBA International Business MBA Marketing (Supply Chain Management) (2010)
- - Funded position as Graduate Assistant to the Director of Graduate Business Programs
1999 – 04’ Canisius College (dual degree) – Buffalo NY, United States
- BA Business Economics BA Communications Studies (2004)
- - Concentrations in Finance and Organizational Behavior
2010 – 17' Berlin School of Economics and Law – Berlin, Germany
2013 Canisius College – Buffalo NY, United States
2012 University of Würzburg – Würzburg, Germany

The Transitive Nature of Debt: A Long Run Analysis of Debt Composition and Institutional Change in the United States (Dissertation Project)

Dissertation in Economics

Mentoring team:
First supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jonathan Fox
Second supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jennifer Pédussel Wu
Third supervisor: Prof. Dr. Julia Püschel

The project organizes historical information to develop inferences with respect to the composition of debt accumulation in the United States (US). Archival data regarding debts issued to local, state and national governments in addition to private actors, such as firms and households, will be collected to construct an understanding of transitive debt accumulation, in the context of institutional change. The research is designed to be completed in four phases. Each phase is guided by one of the following research questions. 1) How has the composition of total system debt in the US changed over the past one hundred years? 2) Are there recognizable changes in institutions associated with these trends? 3) Does the distribution of total debt within an economic system, or what it is spent on, have measurable effects? And; 4) What kind of risks are invited by rapid private sector non-financial credit growth?

Preliminary observations reveal rapidly increasing consumer debt in contrast to a more gradually increasing public debt. Initial secondary research finds limited literature on the total composition of private and public debt in an economic system, or whether there are measurable effects regarding observable constellations. A historical survey investigating the changing nature of debt could provide insight into upcoming challenges. It could also reveal the effects of institutional change on the use of public debt at federal, state and local levels, as well as  how these uses have affected the overall system with respect to investment, consumption and other key economic indicators.

Dahlem Research School
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
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