Stefanie Kleimeier


Welcome to my homepage. Here you can learn about my research and teaching, find links to my latest working papers, research projects, conferences and much more. On October 1, 2015 I was appointed Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance and Banking at the Open University in the Netherlands. I am currently also Associate Professor of Finance at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands and Associate Professor Extraordinary at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa. I earned my doctorate at the University of Georgia (USA) in 1993.

My research focusses on retail banking, syndicated loans, project finance, banking geography, financial market linkages and integration and has been published in academic journals including the Journal of Financial Intermediation, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Financial Stability, Applied Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Management and the Journal of International Money and Finance.

I received grants from the German Academic Exchange Service, Dutch Science Foundation and the European Credit Research Institute, consulted with the EU and the Center for European Policy Studies and taught graduate courses in 11 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. I am a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Financial Economic Policy and of the editorial board of Applied Finance Letters, International Review of Financial Analysis, Finance Research Letters and Journal of Financial Research.        

New Working Paper: Carbon Disclosure, Emission Levels, and the Cost of Debt

In this paper, Michael Viehs (University of Oxford) and I present our latest research on the effect of carbon emission disclosure on corporations' costs of debt.

Using a unique and comprehensive database on carbon emissions from CDP (formerly 'The Carbon Disclosure Project'), we  study whether companies which voluntarily participate in the CDP disclusure framework enjoy more favorable lending conditions - in the form of lower spreads on their bank loans - than their non-participating counterparts. Our empirical results reveal a significant and negative relation between disclosing carbon emission levels and the cost of bank loans. Regarding absolute emission levels, We find that firms disclosing relatively more carbon emissions pay higher spreads on their bank loans. These effects are common to all loans and not limited to loans which have been arranged by norms-constrained lenders suggesting that spread premia are driven by environmental risks rather than investor preferences.

Recent Publication              

Sander, H., S. Kleimeier, and S. Heuchemer, 2016, The Resurgence of Cultural Borders during the Financial Crisis: The Changing Geography of Eurozone Cross-Border Depositing, Journal of Financial Stability 24, 12-26.

This study investigates the impact of cultural borders on the geography of international finance during stable and crises times. We employ a unique data set that focuses on Eurozone cross-border depositing during the 1999-2011 period in a gravity-model framework. We find that cultural distance limits international financial integration over and above what can be expected from economic trade and transaction costs. While we provide evidence that cultural borders lost influence during a “Europhoria” phase after the introduction of Euro notes in 2002, our findings indicate that cultural borders resurge during the 2007/08 financial crisis and severely limit financial integration.

Workshop & Special Event on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty

On February 16, 2017, the School of Business and Economics of the Maastricht University hosted a Special Event on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty regarding “25 Years after Maastricht: The Future of Money and Finance in Europe”.  

The event’s keynote speeches and panel discussion provided a forum for a dialogue between international scholars and practitioners. Furthermore, the event informed a broader public audience about the current issues and policy options for the future of the European Monetary Union.

The event started with two keynote speeches by Benoît Cœuré (Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank) and Barry Eichengreen (University of California at Berkeley) followed by a panel discussion on the future of money and finance in Europe with Daniel Gros (Director, Centre for European Policy Studies), Hans-Helmut Kotz (Harvard University, Center for Financial Studies Frankfurt, former Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Bundesbank in charge of Financial Stability, Markets and Statisticsk) and Robert McCauley (Bank for International Settlement).

The event was part of a Jean Monnet Workshop on “Financial globalization and its spillovers - monetary and exchange rate policy in times of crises” in Cologne and Maastricht co-organized with TH Köln, University Duisburg-Essen, and Ruhr-University Bochum. The workshop is co-financed by the EU Jean Monnet Programme, the European Centre for Corporate Engagement (ECCE), the Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE), and the Universiteitsfonds Limburg (SWOL).