Open Calls for Papers

Conference calls for papers and applications across all CEPR programme areas that are currently receiving submissions have been listed below. For any questions on how to submit, please get in touch with CEPR's events team:​

Practical DSGE Models

13-15 September, 2017

This three-day EABCN Training School will be taught by Fabio Canova. It is primarily aimed at participants in the Euro Area Business Cycle Network but applications will also be considered from doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and economists working in central banks and government institutions outside of the network, as well as commercial organisations (fees applicable for non-network organisations).

Every policy institution has among the tools available for economic analysis at least one DSGE model. However, numerous short cuts are taken to put the models on the data which have little theoretical justification. Moreover, data anomalies, identification problems and measurement issues makes the matching between the theory and the data difficult. Most models are generally of large scale and little attention is generally paid to issues like model misspecification, model evaulation, model reduction and re-specification. This course offers hints on how one can address all these issues in a unified way and make economic analyses more robust. 

To properly follow the course, participants must be familiar with DSGE models, with their solution and their classical and Bayesian estimation.

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The Future of Financial Intermediation: Opportunities and Challenges Posed by Regulatory Reforms and New Technologies

Eltville, near Frankfurt/Main
9-10 November, 2017

The finalisation of the Basel III package fundamentally changes the regulatory environment of financial intermediaries. Other rules to foster the soundness and stability of the financial system, such as the resolution framework or the OTC derivatives market reform, are about to be implemented, while the digitization of financial services provision changes the infrastructure of financial markets as well as consumer behaviour. New market entrants, e.g. fintechs, non-financial firms, or service providers increase the competitive pressure in the banking industry, challenging traditional bank business models.

This conference seeks to attract high-quality theoretical and empirical contributions on the implications of these changes for both the banking industry and the real economy. Our aim is to facilitate a better understanding of the mechanisms at granular (micro) level in terms of how regulatory reforms and new technologies affect banks' business models, their lending and trading behavior as well as the structure of the market for financial services.

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Family, Human Capital and Development

Palazzo Feltrinelli, Gargnano, Italy
30 August - 2 September, 2017
Keynote Speakers: Nava Ashraf and Jean-Marie Baland

The school intends to provide an intensive training course for graduate students and young researchers who are working in the field of development and international economics. This year, the focus will be on family economics in developing countries. 

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First TCD/ LSE/ CEPR Workshop in Development Economics

Trinity College, Dublin
30 August - 2 September, 2017
Keynote Speakers: David McKenzie and Imran Rasul

The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers in different fields of development economics to discuss current issues in development. Topics include, but are not limited to: agriculture, climate change, conflict, education, firms’ organization, finance, gender, health, migration, networks, productivity, public finance, and trade.  

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Foreign Exchange Market Intervention: Conventional or Unconventional Policy?

Jerusalem, Israel
7-8 December, 2017

During the years prior to the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), conventional monetary policy doctrine indicated clearly that the central bank's key policy rate is the sole monetary policy tool to achieve an objective defined on the inflation gap and the output gap with optimal exchange rate policy being a pure float. However, a number of countries, in particular open emerging market economies, did intervene extensively well before the GFC. Since the GFC, many central banks, especially in both developed and emerging market small open economies, intervened actively in forex markets, (almost) always buying foreign currency. 

Ten years later, with renormalization of monetary policy beginning to become an area of active interest in central banks and academia, the question arises as to whether monetary policy should return to conventional pre-GFC doctrine or whether the experience since the GFC warrants thinking about forex intervention as one element of a new, conventional monetary policy toolbox. Among the many relevant considerations will be the distance between the natural rate of interest and the effective lower bound.

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The Impact of Banking Regulation on Financial Markets

6-7 September, 2017

This conference seeks to attract theoretical and empirical contributions examining the various effects of the regulatory rules enacted after the 2008 financial crisis. In particular, we aim to enhance our understanding of the consequences - both intended and unintended - of Basel III standards and compliance supervision on the market structure of the banking sector. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the impact of Basel III and the associated recovery/resolution regimes on:

  • Bank business models and profitability;
  • Intermediation chains in decentralised markets;
  • Market-making and liquidity provision;
  • Credit availability and the cost of funding;
  • Cross-border banking and the integration of capital markets;
  • Too-big-to-fail or too-big-to-succeed banks;
  • Non-performing loans and deferred tax assets;
  • "Zombie" banks and "gambling for resurrection";
  • Shadow banks and the regulatory perimeter;
  • Competition between banks and shadow banks; and
  • Fintech and access to services.

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CEPR European Workshop on Household Finance

6-7 October, 2017

The objective is to present state-of-the-art empirical and theoretical research on household financial behavior and on how it is influenced by other choices, government policies, and the overall economic environment. 

We solicit papers in the following areas, but other related areas may also be considered:

• Asset allocation and debt behavior over the life cycle
• Financing retirement and the demographic transition
• Consumer indebtedness, financial distress, and default decisions
• Behavioral approaches to household finance
• Financial literacy and financial education programs
• Trust, subjective expectations, pessimism, and financial decisions
• International comparisons of household finances using micro-data
• Financial advice and legal protection of investors and borrowers

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Bank of Finland and CEPR joint conference on Demographics and the Macroeconomy

12-13 October, 2017

It has been argued that demographics is one of the main headwinds for future growth in especially the more advanced economies, such as many of the European economies and the US. Indeed, between 2005 and 2050, the share of population over 60 is expected to rise not only in the more advanced economies, but in nearly every country in the world. Researchers have already looked into how changes in the size and the composition of an economy's population influence macroeconomic outcomes. They have identified channels through which demographic changes affect an economy on top of those mentioned above: savings and investment behaviour, labour market decisions and aggregate demand and supply responses. Equally important are the potential effects on public sector finance. Increases in e.g. health and retirement expenses, and more generally future entitlements raise issues of sustainability of public sector finances. 

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International Financial Integration in a Changing Policy Context - The End of an Era?

1-2 March 2018

Global Financial Integration has faced major changes and challenges since the 2008-09 global financial crisis. The crisis was followed by a persistent drop in capital flows among advanced economies. In Europe, sharp current account adjustments took place in countries with large deficits, but large surpluses did not correct. Monetary policy in advanced economies experimented with unconventional tools to counter the economic slump and avoid deflation, raising questions about the timing and implementation of policy normalisation, and about the impact of asynchronous moves by monetary authorities on financial flows, current accounts and exchange rates. Regulatory reform has been reshaping international finance since the crisis (e.g. Basel III-IV, EU banking union, macro-prudential regulations, tax harmonization of offshore finances,...) with the effect of strengthening capital positions of financial institutions, but also with implications for credit growth and financial integration. Finally, globalisation is increasingly blamed for limiting national sovereignty on economic matters; protectionist attitudes among voters and political movements are on the rise, and already shape the agenda of a number of governments in advanced economies. 

The conference will focus on the state of play with global imbalances, exchange rate developments, and financial integration, with a view to assess challenges from a forward-looking perspective.

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