Department of Economics

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Zurich Graduate School of Economics  
Portrait of Cathérine Koch

Cathérine Koch, PhD

Cathérine Koch


Defense PhD in Economics, University of Zurich, Switzerland (July 2012)

Visiting Fellow: Columbia Business School, Columbia University, New York City, US (Fall 2011)


Buch, Claudia, Cathérine Koch and Michael Koetter (forthcoming): "Should I stay or Should I go? Bank productivity and internationalization decisions" Journal of Banking and Finance.

Buch, Claudia, Cathérine Koch and Michael Koetter (2013): ”Do Banks Benefit from Internationalization? Revisiting the Market Power-Risk Nexus”, Review of Finance. 17(4), pp.1401-1435.

Buch, Claudia, Cathérine Koch and Michael Koetter (2011): ”Size, productivity, and International banking”, Journal of International Economics, 85(2), pp.329-334.

Edited Volumes, Contributions

Buch, Claudia, Cathérine Koch and Michael Koetter (2012): ”Causes and Effects in International Banking: What can we learn from micro data?” in European Central Bank, Central bank statistics as a servant of two separate mandates -- price stability and mitigation of systemic risk, Frankfurt, pp.192-212.

Working Papers

  • Basten, Christoph and Cathérine Koch (2014): "The Counter-Cyclical Capital Buffer of Basel III: Does It Affect Mortgage Pricing?"
    (available upon request)
  • Kerl, Cornelia and Cathérine Koch (2014): "Internal Capital Markets, Government Support and How German Banks Adjust to Liquidity Shocks"
    (available upon request)
  • Basten, Christoph and Cathérine Koch (2013): "The Causal Effect of House Prices on Mortgage Demand and Supply"
  • Koch, Cathérine (2013): "Risky Adjustments or Adjustments to Risks: Decomposing Bank Leverage"
    (on revise & resubmit at the Journal of Banking and Finance)
  • Buch, Claudia, Cathérine Koch and Michael Koetter (2013): "Crises, rescues, and policy transmission through international banks"
    (on revise & resubmit at the International Journal of Central Banking )
  • Fiorentino Elisabetta, Cathérine Koch and Winfried Rudek (2009): "Microdatabase: External Position Reports of German Banks" Deutsche Bundesbank Technical Documentation
  • Buch, Claudia, Cathérine Koch and Michael Koetter (2009): "Margins of international banking: Is there a productivity pecking order in banking, too?" Deutsche Bundesbank Discussion Paper No 12/2009.

Work in Progress

Basten, Christoph and Cathérine Koch: "On the Eve of Basel III: How bank characteristics shape mortgage pricing in the booming Swiss market"

Kerl, Cornelia and Cathérine Koch: "Internal Capital Markets, Government Support and How German Banks Adjust to Liquidity Shocks"



  • AEA/ASSA, Philadelphia, (accepted)


  • Research Seminar, School of Finance, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland
  • 2nd Annual Conference on Global Financial Stability, Sydney, Australia
  • International Banking Research Meeting, Potsdam, Germany


  • AEA/ASSA, Chicago, US
  • ECB statistics conference, Frankfurt, Germany
  • European Economic Association (EEA), Malaga, Spain
  • Verein für Socialpolitik (VfS), Goettingen, Germany


  • European Meeting of the Econometric Society (EEA/ESEM), Oslo, Norway


  • Conference on Bank Structure and Competition, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chicago, US (joint paper presented by M.Koetter)
  • Joint Workshop of the Center of Financial Studies (CFS) and Deutsche Bundesbank on “Interconnectedness of Financial Institutions”, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), Fribourg, Switzerland
  • European Economic Association (EEA), Glasgow, UK
  • Verein für Socialpolitik (VfS), Kiel, Germany
  • Financial Management Association (FMA), New York, US
  • Presentation at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Cleveland, US
  • UniCredit Conference on Banking and Finance, Milano, Italy 


  • Macroeconomic Research Meeting, University of Tuebingen, Germany
  • Meeting on Globalization, Investment and Services Trade, Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), University of Milan, Italy
  • CESIfo Conference on Banking and Institutions, Munich, Germany