11 - 11 June 2020 / Online Seminar /

The EC is planning to regulate “gatekeeper” digital platforms, the UK is planning to establish a Digital Markets Unit, Australia is starting to implement the recommendations of its 600+ page Digital Platforms Inquiry, and the U.S. House of Representatives is holding hearings on how to protect consumers in digital markets. And they all need help!

In this special policy panel originally scheduled to be part of the annual CEPR Applied IO Conference in Rome, four economists at the front lines of competition policymaking worldwide will discuss the gaps in knowledge inhibiting policy responses to enhance consumer welfare in digital markets.

Topics to be discussed include:

• Business models matter for incentives and thus the likelihood of anticompetitive practices. Do we have models for all the types of platform businesses out there? If not, what is modeled best and what is lacking?

• Umpire and player? Platforms are often two-sided, with consumers coming to seek services. Many recent antitrust investigations are focusing on the case where platforms are vertically integrating to provide these services in competition with 3rd-party providers. When is steering and self-preferencing anti-competitive and when is it efficient? Do we have the models to understand incentives in search versus app stores versus online retail? What data do policymakers need to evaluate these questions? And should there be “rules governing rules” when the platform is both umpire and player?

• Measuring harms? Can economists do better in providing quantitative tools to assess the harms that are often important in digital platforms but are not price, e.g. quality of service (including privacy and exploitative, false, and/or addictive content), innovation, and the probability (and welfare effects) of markets that tip? As well as pass-through of prices for “free” services that are monetized on the other side of the market?

• Regulation is coming but what should it look like? In the last weeks, the EU put out a quote for a study to support their plans for “gatekeeper” regulations. What research is already available to answer their questions and where are there gaps?

We anticipate a lively discussion with ample opportunity for comments and questions from the audience.

To Attend: The conference will be held on Zoom and if you wish to attend, you are required to register in advance using the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the seminar. If you are unable to join, we will record the panel and post it to the VIOS website.

18 - 19 June 2020 / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / The South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN) Research and Training Centre

The objective of the 2020 SEACEN Policy Summit is to understand and assess exchange rate market development and dynamics in the context of volatile capital inflows to the Asia-Pacific region. The SEACEN Centre is advertising a call for papers that will be presented during the Policy Summit. Submissions of empirical papers focusing on Asia-Pacific emerging economies with relation to capital flows and clear policy implications are invited. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

1) Evolution and dynamics of emerging Asia FX markets;
2) Onshore and offshore emerging Asia FX markets;
3) Exchange rate as a shock absorber or amplifier in emerging Asia economies;
4) FX intervention policies in emerging Asia economies;
5) Index-based (J.P. Morgan Global Aggregate Bond Index and MSCI Emerging
Markets Index) investing and ETFs transmission channels in emerging Asia
6) Global liquidity and financial cycle and their impact on emerging Asia
capital inflows and outflows; and
7) Nature of different market players (retail, institutional, leveraged money
and SWFs) and their impact on emerging Asia capital flows

22 - 23 June 2020 / Ankara, Turkey / The Trade Policy Research Network, CEPR, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI, Florence and TEDU-TRC

We invite submissions of papers and expressions of interest in attending the Fourth Empirical Investigations in Services Trade (EIST) conference. The meeting will take place on 22-23 June in Ankara, Turkey, hosted by TEDU-TRC. The theme of the conference is economic analysis of trade and investment in services. We welcome submissions related to any aspect of international trade and investment in services, including empirical analyses of sectoral policy and regulation, trade and investment agreements, labour market adjustment and trade or investment in services, the role of services in value chains and offshoring and analysis using firm-level data.

7 - 8 July 2020 / Saint Petersburg, Russia / Bank of Russia

The Bank of Russia is hosting its third annual International Research Conference in Saint Petersburg on 7-8 July 2020 (Tuesday-Wednesday).

The scientific committee of the conference is comprised of the Research Advisory Board of the Bank of Russia.

Modern central banks perform multiple functions. They guarantee price and financial stability, carry out prudential regulation of financial sector trying to create the right stimulus for market players and enforce the rules of the game. A number of challenges appear regarding each of the policies as well as their interactions.

This conference will bring together researchers from academia, central banks, and policy institutions, who will present and discuss their theoretical and empirical research on challenges for these central banks’ policies and their interactions. The conference will also discuss rationale for changes to the ammunition of central banks to better address current and some future challenges.

17 - 18 August 2020 / Palais Coburg, Vienna, Austria / WU Vienna - Research Institute for Capital Markets

Research on risk premia, factors, and predictive regressions has traditionally focused on equity markets, while research on foreign exchange has been lagging despite its huge potential. Currently, the low yield environment, large international portfolio flows and unconventional monetary policy have made it crucial for asset managers to incorporate FX strategies and FX risk management. We therefore welcome papers on FX risk premia, FX strategies, FX valuation, FX and monetary policy, Emerging Market currencies, currency pegs, FX regimes, FX and business cycle, etc.

In addition to the above-mentioned research themes, we particularly encourage the submission of papers that deal with the interaction of FX and bond markets.

Deadline for submission of papers is March 1, 2020.
Submission form:

1 - 3 September 2020 / The London School of Economics and Political Science / Central Bank Research Association

The 2020 annual meeting of the Central Bank Research Association (CEBRA) brings together academics and central bankers working on policy-relevant research. It is co-organized with Centre For Macroeconomics (CFM) at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Bank of England (BoE), and in association with the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE.

Submission link:
The Submission deadline is Tuesday, March 3rd.

Please find the call for papers here:

9 2020 - 10 September 2019 / Roma Eventi, Congress Center, Pontificia Università Gregoriana Rome, Italy / European Center of Sustainable Development , CIT University

European Center of Sustainable Development in collaboration with Canadian Institute of Technology will organize the 8th ICSD 2020 International Conference on Sustainable Development, with particular focus on Environmental, Economic and Socio-Cultural Sustainability.

The Conference theme : "Creating a unified foundation for the Sustainable Development: research, practice and education".

Papers will be published in Open Access EJSD Journal (Thompson Reuters) and Proceedings.
For further information, please see the call for papers at

The 8th ICSD 2020 will be an excellent opportunity to share your ideas and research findings relevant to the Sustainability Science, through the European network of academics.

9 - 11 September 2020 / Online Seminar / The CEPR Network on Household Finance and BI Norwegian Business School with the support of the Think Forward Initiative (TFI)

The CEPR Network on Household Finance and BI Norwegian Business School with the support of the Think Forward Initiative (TFI) are organising the 2020 CEPR European Conference on Household Finance that will take place completely virtually in the form of online webinars. The objective is to present state-of-the-art empirical and theoretical research on household financial behaviour and on how it is influenced by other choices, government policies, and the overall economic environment. In addition to the three-day online webinars taking place on 9-11 September 2020, a CEPR-TFI online webinar event on “Climate Change: Financial Implications for Households”, organised by Johannes Stroebel (New York University), will take place on 9 September 2020.

27 - 30 September 2020 / University of Cologne / Verein für Socialpolitik

The Annual Conference of the Verein fuer Socialpolitik consists of a core conference with invited lectures concerning “Gender Economics” and of an Open Meeting with mixed topics. Presentations and Organised Sessions for the Open Meeting may be submitted from all fields of economics.


Please submit your research paper from February 1 to March 1 at the online submission website at
After the submission deadline, the conference’s program committee evaluates all submissions by a peer-refereeing process and sends acceptance decisions by the end of May. Further details on the conference can be found here:

22 - 23 October 2020 / Rauischholzhausen Castle (near Marburg), Germany / Justus Liebig University Giessen

22 - 23 October 2020 | Rauischholzhausen Castle (near Marburg), Germany | Justus Liebig University Giessen

Justus Liebig University Giessen in conjunction with the GGS invite academics and PhD students to submit papers for consideration of presentation at the 2nd Conference on Behavioral Research in Finance, Governance, and Accounting. The conference will be held at the Rauischholzhausen Castle near Marburg.

Accepted papers will be considered for a Best Paper Award.

The keynote speech will be given by Prof Steffen Andersen (CBS).

Paper Submission
- Only full papers will be considered
- Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2020
- Authors of accepted papers will be notified by July 15, 2020

More information and submission on:


CEPR Policy Research