19 - 19 February 2020 / Milan, Italy / SUERF and UniCredit Foundation

The question whether active portfolio management can systematically improve a portfolio’s return has been debated for long. The rise of low-cost ETFs, FinTech and AI has been reinforcing pressures on active portfolio managers to prove the value for money of their service. At the same time, the financial crisis and the rise of populist policies have highlighted the importance and the potential benefits for portfolio performance from anticipating low-probability high-impact events. Furthermore computer trading and AI-assisted portfolio analysis and investment strategies are making fast progress, reducing the cost of “active” management strategies in the future. From a financial stability perspective, the widespread use of similar passive management strategies or similar forms of portfolio investment algorithms may generate synchronous behaviour, reinforce price fluctuations and pose risks to financial stability. The large scale of ETF markets may also make potential instability from this sector systemically important.

13 - 13 March 2020 / London / UK Network for Environmental Economists

The UK’s Network of Environmental Economists (UKNEE) is proud to release the call for envecon 2020. Now in its 18th year, envecon brings together environmental economists and interested parties from academia, consultancy and the public and private sectors. It is a multidisciplinary, multi-sector conference and provides a unique opportunity to share research methods and results, and practical experience in applying environmental economics in the UK and elsewhere.

This is a call for papers and posters. envecon 2020 will feature a dedicated poster session within the agenda, and we are pleased to invite your submissions. The following topics are some areas of interest for papers and posters, but the conference is open to all topics so long as they focus on the application in practice.

More information found at

20 - 20 March 2020 / University of Paris Nanterre / EconomiX-CNRS and the Doctoral School EOS (Université Paris Ouest - Nanterre La Défense), CeReFiM (University of Namur), LFIN (Université Catholique de Louvain-Louvain School of Management) and LEO (Université d'Orléans)

EconomiX-CNRS and the Doctoral School EOS (Université Paris Ouest - Nanterre La Défense), CeReFiM (University of Namur), LFIN (Université Catholique de Louvain-Louvain School of Management) and LEO (Université d'Orléans) are co-organizing the 9th PhD Student Conference in International Macroeconomics and Financial Econometrics. The conference will be held on March 20, 2020 in Nanterre, France.
Sessions and covered topics:

International macroeconomics:

Exchange rates, exchange-rate regimes, international monetary system;
Economic growth, business cycles and economic policies;
Banking economics and central banking; systemic risk, microprudential and macroprudential supervisions;
International macroeconomics: other topics.

Financial econometrics:

Asset prices and market volatility, asset allocation;
Systemic risk, financial network, interbank network;
Interactions between financial markets and energy markets;
Survey data, asset prices expectations and earnings forecasts;
Credit risk, stress tests and default probabilities estimations; Sovereign wealth funds, institutional investors;
Yield curve modeling, stocks-bonds nexus, etc…;
M&A, corporate governance, etc…;
Financial econometrics: other topics.

Priority will be given to papers with original contributions and empirical applications that address a relevant economic question within the aforementioned topics and have no senior co-authors.

Important dates and submission procedure:
Submission deadline: January 10, 2020
Acceptance decision: Mid-February 2020
Presenting Authors Registration: End of February 2020
Conference: March 20, 2020

Submission of papers is open until January 10, 2020. Papers must necessarily include the author's and co-authors names and institutional affiliations, together with email addresses for correspondence.

The program will include several sessions covering the main areas of International Macroeconomics and Financial Econometrics.

Anyone wishing to present a paper needs to submit it to a specific session. Please submit a full paper in English at the conference webpage (Submit a paper) in the appropriate session and topic.
Organizing Committee:

Denisa Banulescu-Radu (Université d'Orléans),
Hamza Bennani (Université Paris Nanterre),
Sophie Béreau (Université catholique de Louvain and University of Namur),
Christophe Blot (OFCE and Université Paris Nanterre)
Cécile Couharde (Université Paris Nanterre),
Jean-Yves Gnabo (University of Namur),
Antonia Lopez Villavicencio (Université Paris Nanterre),
Daria Onori (Université d'Orléans)

25 - 26 March 2020 / London, United Kingdom / Bank of England, CEPR and Imperial College

In collaboration with CEPR and the Brevan Howard Centre, Imperial College, the Bank of England is hosting a research conference on “the impact of machine learning and AI on the UK economy.” The purpose of the conference is to stimulate academic research and public debate on how machine learning and AI will impact issues that matter to the Bank of England’s policy objectives.

27 - 27 March 2020 / San Francisco / Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco is hosting its annual one-day conference on macroeconomics and monetary policy in San Francisco on Friday, March 27, 2020. The conference aims to attract top researchers by bringing together academic and central bank economists, financial market practitioners, and policymakers. Our objective is to assemble a program of the highest quality and interest. We invite you and your colleagues to submit macroeconomics research that is approximately at the working paper stage. In addition to macroeconomics broadly defined, submissions may involve related fields including finance, labor economics, international economics, applied microeconomics, public finance, and others, but with a preference toward topics that are relevant for monetary policy. Both empirical and theoretical submissions are encouraged.

Those interested in presenting research at this conference should send a PDF of their paper or a detailed abstract to [email protected] by October 18, 2019. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by November 8, 2019. Conference organizers will cover reasonable travel expenses for authors of accepted papers and for discussants. Electronic copies of the conference papers will be made available at, but a conference volume will not be published.

Please address any questions to [email protected].

Please feel free to circulate this call for papers with your colleagues. We look forward to your participation.

Vasco Cúrdia, Andrew Foerster, and Nicolas Petrosky-Nadeau

1 - 2 April 2020 / University of Orléans (France) / LEO CNRS - University of Orléans (France)

The conference is organized by LEO (Laboratoire d'Economie d'Orléans) CNRS, within the framework of the Labex VOLTAIRE research program ( The event is also supported by INFER (International Network for Economic Research). It will take place at the University of Orléans (France) on April 1-2, 2020.
Keynote Speakers:
Lucas Bretschger (ETH Zurich)
Richard Tol (University of Sussex)
Anastasios Xepapadeas (Athens University of Economics and Business and University of Bologna)
Submission of papers:
Only full papers may be submitted to: [email protected]
Deadline for paper submission is February 15, 2020.
Special sessions proposals need to be submitted by February 15, 2020. Each proposal should include three full papers that are linked to the same topic.
Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors by March 1, 2020.
There are no registration fees.
For further information, please visit the website of the conference:

22 - 23 April 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.

23 - 24 April 2020 / Bratislava, Slovakia / National Bank of Slovakia in cooperation with CompNet

Globalization and the wide acceptance of the free market paradigm followed by the expansion of the global value chains and foreign investments have supported capital-embedded technological change and knowledge transfer across transition and recently advanced economies. Deregulation and promotion of competition have increased those countries productivity tremendously. However, rising trade barriers and the fall back to nationalist thoughts might represent huge obstacles for their future growth. Moreover, while the expansion of global production networks initially helped transition countries to grow and prosper, some of these economies now may find themselves locked in the downstream part of the value chain, depleted from the most creative activities such as R&D. This may hamper the efficient labour allocation within the host economy and prevent a proper reaction to new challenges at both, micro and macro level. Also, competition among countries that have recently grown to an advanced economy status is fierce and few have any permanent competitive advantage.
At the same time, wide ranging “sustainability” concerns have become more urgent, thus defeating the traditional measures aimed to promote economic growth and help countries to escape the middle-income trap. Switch to low-carbon economies is an example of new additional challenges influencing the competitiveness of firms, industries and countries. Another concern is the increasing inequality not only among consumers, but also among firms in terms of efficiency and costs of capital, which implies that while high growth is limited to a narrow number of firms, aggregate productivity of the economy increases only slowly.
As a result, to create the new “tigers” of the future, policies need to encompass a much more complex set of issues, which may contrast with the sole objective of improving productivity.
The Competitiveness Research Network (CompNet) and the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS) are jointly calling for papers addressing one or more of the topics mentioned above from both, micro and macro level perspectives.
We are particularly interested in academic work with strong policy relevance on the following topics:
• Competitiveness policies in small open economies
• Structural transformation and distributional consequences
• Inequality and political populism
• Transition to low-carbon economies
• The interaction between monetary and competitiveness policies
• Factor reallocation and growth
• Sustainable development and middle-income trap
• New drivers of firm performance
The deadline for submission is 15 January 2020. Papers should be emailed to [email protected].

8 - 9 May 2020 / Princeton, NJ / International Economics Section at the Department of Economics of Princeton University

The Quantitative Spatial Economics Junior Workshop aims to bring together early-career researchers interested in quantitative work on the spatial economy.
We welcome submissions on a wide range of topics related to the workshop's theme. Examples of potential topics include, but are not limited to:

• The effects, benefits, and costs of large transportation infrastructure projects in the developed or developing world.
• Interregional trade and migration and its effects on economic geography, inequality, and the organization of production.
• The importance of regions for local human capital production and neighborhood effects.
• The growth and internal structure of cities, the spatial diffusion of ideas.

The workshop aims to foster a supportive community among young researchers interested in these topics and facilitate the sharing of quantitative approaches and toolkits.
The official workshop program will start at noon on May 8 at 11 AM and end on May 9 at 3 PM. The official workshop program includes a conference dinner on May 8 in Princeton. Attendees are expected to stay for the entire duration of the official workshop program.
The workshop is hosted in the International Economics Section at the Department of Economics of Princeton University. We provide up to two nights of hotel accommodation in Princeton and meals during the official workshop program for all presenters and discussants. We can also cover economy-class flights, train, and taxi tickets of up to a total of $400.
We will consider papers from Assistant Professors and Postdocs up to 4 years after the completion of their PhD and PhD students who are on the academic job market in January 2020, i.e., who will obtain their PhDs in the summer of 2020. Submissions co-authored with more senior colleagues are welcome.
To submit a paper or extended abstract, please send a PDF with the subject line "Quantitative Spatial Economics JW Submission" to qse[at] In the email, please also indicate if you are willing to serve as a discussant in the event we are unable to include your paper on the program. Papers should not yet be published. The submission deadline is February 29th, 2020. Authors will be notified of the outcome by March 15th, 2020.
The workshop is organized by Clare Balboni (cbalboni[at] and Fabian Eckert (feckert[at] We gratefully acknowledge generous support by the spatial economics initiative of the Woodrow Wilson School and the Princeton Economics IES Section.

4 - 7 June 2020 / Chania, Crete, Greece / Co-organized by the Financial Engineering Laboratory of the Technical University of Crete, the Department of Economics of the University of Crete, and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania

The 10th International Conference of the Financial Engineering and Banking Society (FEBS) is co-organized by the Financial Engineering Laboratory of the Technical University of Crete, the Department of Economics of the University of Crete, and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania during 4-7 June 2020. The conference theme is “Stability and Risk in Banking and Financial Markets”. Keynote speakers are Rama Cont (Oxford), Luigi Guiso (Einaudi Institute for Monetary, Banking and Financial Studies), Jean-Charles Rochet (Geneva School of Management and Economics). Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Financial Stability.

16 - 16 June 2020 / London / Plato Partnership

Plato Partnership are inviting paper submissions to the 2020 Plato Market Innovator (MI3) conference scheduled to take place in London on Tuesday, 16 June 2020. The conference will feature original work on the evolution of market structure in Europe and beyond, especially in light of MiFID II/MiFIR.


Empirical and theoretical papers are being sought in areas including, but not limited to:


  • Role and impact of different trading mechanisms
  • Liquidity fragmentation
  • Algorithms and liquidity
  • Venue performance metrics
  • Opening and closing auctions
  • Active vs passive trading
  • Best execution


The programme of the conference will include accepted and invited papers and panels with leading industry experts.



All submitted papers will automatically be considered for the Plato MI3 Best Paper Award, which will receive a prize of £2500. PhD Students and Assistant Professors who are fewer than three years post-PhD submitting papers will automatically be considered for the Plato MI3 Best Paper by a Young Researcher Award, which will receive a prize of £1500.


Plato Partnership is a not-for-profit company comprising asset managers and broker dealers who are collaborating to bring creative solutions and efficiencies to today’s complex equity market place. Integral to Plato Partnership’s vision is high quality academic research supported by its Market Innovator (MI3) initiative, and aimed at seeking out ways in which the Plato community can collaborate to build a better financial ecosystem.


Please submit your paper in pdf format to [email protected]

Please send two pdf files: a title page with author details and a blind copy of the paper.

In the submission e-mail please state if travel/accommodation funding is required and if you’re willing to act as a discussant. Submissions are due by
midnight (UK time), January 22, 2020.

Accommodation expenses will be covered for participants on the programme. Participants are encouraged to fund their travel expenses from other sources, as only limited funding is available.



Sabrina Buti, Université Paris-Dauphine

Carole Comerton-Forde, UNSW Business School and CEPR

Thierry Foucault, HEC Paris

Björn Hagströmer, Stockholm Business School

Richard Payne, Cass Business School

Yazid Sharaiha, Norges Bank Investment Management and Plato Partnership

Erik Thiessen, University of Mannheim

Ingrid Werner, The Ohio State University

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

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:

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.


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