Introduction Part I: Governance is not at issue, or is it?
1. Boards of Directors in Troubled Waters: Enhancing the survival chances of distressed firms Gianpaolo Abatecola, Vincenzo Farina, and Niccolo Gordini
2. Can Interlocking Directorates Be Good? Insight from problem loans in Italian listed banks Marina Brogi and Valeria Stefanelli
3. Corporate Governance and Bank Performance in Italy Candida Bussoli
4. Does Governance Structure Affect Insurance Risk-Taking? Antonio Meles and Maria Grazia Starita
5. The Advantages of Board Diversity: An empirical analysis of the Italian market Paola Schwizer, Maria-Gaia Soana and Doriana Cucinelli Part II: New tasks of information in credit quality assessment
6. Can Peer Monitoring Improve Loans Quality? Empirical evidence from Italian cooperative banks Vittorio Boscia, Matteo Cotugno and Valeria Stefanelli
7. Loan Selection and Access to Contractual Information Massimo Caratelli and Ornella Ricci
8. The Impact of Discount Rate Choice in Estimating the Workout LGD for Corporate and Retail Portfolios Lucia Gibilaro And Gianluca Mattarocci
9. Does Relationship Lending Alleviate the Credit Crunch? Stefano Monferra and Gabriele Sampagnaro
10. Credit Quality and Economic Development in China Loris Nadotti, Manuela Gallo and Valeria Vannoni
11. Financial Education Online: Does it work? Gianni Nicolini Part III: Competition and efficiency: Do they still work in addressing performance?
12. Too Small to Be Compliant? Size and scale economies in the compliance cost structure of Italian banks Simona Cosma, Gianfausto Salvadori and Paola Schwizer
13. Intellectual Capital and Bank Performance: Key issues related to intellectual capital disclosure Gimede Gigante and Daniele Previati
14. Discussing Value Relevance of Earnings and Book Value: Evidence from the Italian context Alessandro Giosi, Emiliano Di Carlo and Bianca Stagliano
15. Determinants of Local Banks' Performance: An overview Elvira Anna Graziano
16. Activity Based Costing in Banking: Reasons for the use and perceived usefulness by Italian banks Alessandro Montrone and Antares D'achille
17. The Relationship between Corporate Reputation and Risk in Financial Intermediaries Maria-Gaia Soana and Paola Schwizer
18. The Evolution of Competition in EU-15 Banking Market Francesco Saverio Stentella Lopez
Alessandro Carretta is Professor of Financial Markets and Institutions and Director of the Ph.D Program in Banking and Finance at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy. Gianluca Mattarocci is Lecturer of Economics and Management of Financial Intermediaries at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy.