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Meetings for the month of March 2020

2020 (entire year)

25/03/2020 The Impact of Machine Learning and AI on the UK Economy, London
Hosted By: Bank of EnglandWith: Imperial College Business School
Organizers: Franklin Allen, David Bholat, Antonio Fatás and Daniel Susskind
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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.

The workshop will bring together leading academics, policymakers and practitioners. Submissions are welcome on the conference theme, including (but not limited to):

  • The impact of machine learning and AI on economic growth, productivity and employment;
  • How machine learning and AI has or will influence inflation and price stability;
  • Implications for financial stability and systemic risk from AI and machine learning;
  • Empirical assessments of whether we are witnessing a Fourth Industrial Revolution or developments that are much less transformative;
  • Consequences for consumers and financial conduct regulators from machine learning and AI;
  • How AI and machine learning are changing competitive dynamics and the market structure of financial services;
  • How AI and machine learning might change the way central banks operate and make policy decisions;
  • The governance and regulation of AI and machine learning in financial firms and by financial regulators;
  • AI interpretability and techniques for overcoming the 'black box' critique of machine learning
  • Analysis of enabling technologies such as cloud and distributed computing

Preference will be given to papers that focus on the UK, and employ machine learning and AI to inform their analysis. If you would like to submit a paper, please visit If you do not currently have a CEPR account, please create a new profile here and then click on the registration link above. If you have any difficulties registering for this meeting, please contact Mandy Chan, Senior Events Officer at [email protected] or +44 20 7183 8804.

The submission deadline is 30 September 2019 (18:00 GMT). Authors of accepted papers will be notified by 31 October 2019. Travel and accommodation expenses for authors will be covered.

Organising Committee: Franklin Allen (Imperial and CEPR) , David Bholat (Bank of England) and Antonio Fatas (INSEAD and CEPR)

26/03/2020 International Research Forum on Monetary Policy. Ensuring resilience - role and limitations of monetary policy, ECB

The 11th conference organised by the International Research Forum on Monetary Policy (IRFMP) will be held at the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt on 26 and 27 March 2020. The purpose of the IRFMP is to promote the discussion of innovative research on theoretical and empirical macroeconomic issues with relevance for monetary policy.

At the current juncture, monetary policy faces several challenges. Despite a highly accommodative monetary policy stance and the employment of various unconventional policy tools, in many jurisdictions inflationary pressures remain muted and inflation expectations have declined, while dampening global growth dynamics and weak international trade are weighing on the economic outlook. The repercussions of a loose monetary policy for financial stability also remain under debate. These challenges raise numerous questions about the role and limitations of monetary policy. Paper submissions that take novel methodological approaches to addressing these challenges and related macroeconomic questions are encouraged. Specific examples of relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Does monetary policy have adequate tools to achieve its objectives?
  • How do monetary and macroprudential policies interact?
  • Should monetary and fiscal policy be coordinated?
  • Does the effective lower bound constrain the effectiveness of monetary policy?
  • How resilient is the European Monetary Union to future shocks?
  • Which factors account for very low global real interest rates?
  • Can central bank communication be improved?
  • What is the role of international spillovers of monetary policy and to what extent should central banks take these into account?
  • How should monetary policy be designed in the context of uncertainty, information frictions or heterogeneous agents/beliefs?

Conference papers will be placed on a website; there will be no conference volume. The conference will feature a keynote speech by Athanasios Orphanides (MIT Sloan School of Management) and a policy panel, including Philip R. Lane (Member of the ECB?s Executive Board) and Loretta Mester (President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland). Although this call is being circulated fairly widely, further circulation is encouraged, especially to younger economists.
Complete manuscripts (not just abstracts) should be submitted electronically in PDF format to [email protected] by 1 December 2019. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by 15 January 2020.

Travel expenses of presenting authors will be reimbursed (albeit participants from central banks and other official institutions will be expected to cover their own expenses).

*The Forum is sponsored by the Euro Area Business Cycle Network (EABCN), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. It organises biannual conferences that are held alternately in Frankfurt and Washington, D.C. The organisers of the 2020 conference are Barbara Rossi (ICREA-UPF, BGSE, CREI, EABCN and CEPR), Annukka Ristiniemi and Michael Ehrmann (ECB) and Matteo Iacoviello and John Rogers (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System). Programmes of earlier conferences are available at and

27/03/2020 A Hundred Years of the Modern Foreign Exchange Market in London, London
The modern foreign exchange market as we would recognise it today first emerged in London in 1919 when forward contracts started to be continuously traded.

This one-day workshop reflects on the evolution of this market over the last hundred years with contributions from leading economists, historians and practitioners on such topics as the international role of sterling and London market, the role of the Bank of England, currency market efficiency and predictability, and developments in market microstructure and in fintech in the context of foreign exchange.

If you would like to view the agenda and register, please go to

If you have any questions, please contact the Conference team at the Centre for Endowment Asset Management: [email protected].

29/03/2020 13th Swiss Winter Conference on Financial Intermediation, Lenzerheide

Organizers: Christoph Basten and Martin Brown
The organising committee of this small, informal conference invites submissions of high quality theoretical or empirical research papers on financial intermediation. HOW TO APPLY To respond, please register or subit a paper via the link The deadline for replies is 6pm (GMT), Sunday 15 October 2019. If you do not currently have a CEPR profile, please create a new profile here and then click on the registration link above. If you have any difficulties registering for this meeting, please contact Mariolina Ciccone, Events Officer, at [email protected] (with subject header 5729 Swiss Winter Conference 2020). Authors will be notified about the acceptance of papers and the conference program by November 25, 2019. There is no conference fee and there are no accommodation costs for the invited presenters, discussants and chairs, but all participants must cover their own travel costs. FURTHER INFORMATION The conference will be held at the Hotel Schweizerhof in the mountain resort of Lenzerheide, Switzerland ( The academic programme starts Monday morning (March 30) at 08:00 and ends Wednesday (April 1) before noon. Due to capacity constraints, preference will be given to participants who can stay for the whole duration of the conference. Participants should plan to arrive Sunday afternoon (March 29) and leave Wednesday afternoon (April 1). There will be eleven papers and discussions (including one session covered by the BIS on financial innovation), twenty posters, and one session with five research idea "elevator pitches". However, ample time for discussion, reflection and outdoor activities will be left for sure. Accommodation costs and meals during the conference will be sponsored by the Bank for International Settlements, the Swiss Finance Institute and the Universities of St Gallen and Zurich. The conference is committed to promoting high-quality diversity in the covered topics (e.g., green, Islamic, shadow and/or behavioural banking), in the modelling techniques and data sets employed, and in the background of the participants (e.g., institutional affiliation, gender, nationality). PROGRAMME COMMITTEE Christoph Basten (University of Zurich, SFI & CESifo), Thorsten Beck (Cass Business School & CEPR), Tobias Berg (Frankfurt School of Finance and Management & IWH), Martin Brown (University of St. Gallen), Elena Carletti (Bocconi University & CEPR), Jean Edouard Colliard (HEC Paris), Ralph De Haas (EBRD & Tilburg University), Hans Degryse (KU Leuven & CEPR), Manthos Delis (Montpellier Business School), Andrew Ellul (Indiana University & CEPR), Rüdiger Fahlenbrach (EPFL, SFI & ECGI), Leonardo Gambacorta (BIS & CEPR), Thomas Gehrig (University of Vienna & CEPR), Reint Gropp (IWH & CEPR), Boris Hofmann (BIS), Vasso Ioannidou (Lancaster University & CEPR), Charles Kahn (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), Anna Kovner (Federal Reserve Bank of New York), David Martinez-Miera (Carlos III & CEPR), Steven Ongena (University of Zurich, SFI, KU Leuven & CEPR), Evren Örs (HEC Paris), Michaela Pagel (Columbia Business School), Loriana Pelizzon (Goethe University Frankfurt), Alexander Popov (ECB), "Dragon" Yongjun Tang (University of Hong Kong), Sascha Steffen, (Frankfurt School of Finance and Management), Greg Udell (Indiana University), Neeltje van Horen (Bank of England & CEPR), Wolf Wagner (Erasmus University Rotterdam & CEPR) ORGANISING COMMITTEE Christoph Basten (University of Zurich, SFI & CESifo), Martin Brown (University of St. Gallen), Boris Hofmann (BIS), Steven Ongena (University of Zurich, SFI, KU Leuven & CEPR)) ADVISORY COMMITTEE Arnoud Boot (University of Amsterdam & CEPR),  Francois Degeorge (University of Lugano & SFI), Hans Degryse (KU Leuven & CEPR), Leonardo Gambacorta (BIS & CEPR), Hans Gersbach (ETH Zurich & CEPR),  Jan Pieter Krahnen (Frankfurt University & CEPR) Involved are: