Research topic: Financial history
Financial history is the history of the finance and credit industry and associated institutions such as banks, other credit institutions and stock exchanges.
The financial system has often been described using medical metaphors such as "the circulatory system of capitalism". The presence – or absence – of official regulation and supervision is a major theme in financial history, and key areas of study are accordingly Norway's central bank, financial supervisory authority and government monetary and financial policy.
Financial history is often dramatic in that major crises play a central role. In Norway a fair amount has been written about the banking crisis of the 1920s and there are also some texts concerning the crisis that occurred during the 1980s. There are also numerous histories of banks, including a rather old and voluminous publication on the history of Norges Bank and a book about the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway ("Kredittilsynet"). As yet there is no comprehensive historical presentation of the Norwegian financial and monetary system.