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Meetings for the month of April 2020

2020 (entire year)

08/04/2020 CEPR Virtual Industrial Organization Seminar 1 - Dog Eat Dog: Measuring Returns to Scale Using a Digital Platform Merger, Webinar

Organizers: Özlem Bedre-Defolie, Gregory S. Crawford, Daniel Ershov, Natalia Fabra, Rachel Griffith, Alessandro Iaria, Gerard Llobet and Nicolas Schutz
The CEPR Virtual Industrial Organization Seminar (VIOS) provides a short-run alternative to IO seminars cancelled due to travel restrictions brought on by the Coronavirus. Our long-run goal, however, is to turn it into a permanent platform for sharing the benefits of regular IO seminars. Seminars will be balanced between both theoretical and empirical approaches to IO.

Our first virtual seminar will be on Wednesday 8th April 2020, at 4:00 p.m. CET. Our speaker will be Chiara Farronato (HBS). Details including seminar rules, upcoming speakers, paper downloads, etc. are available on the VIOS website: visiting


Organizers: John Fernald, Refet S. Gürkaynak, Evi Pappa, Antonella Trigari and Philippe Weil
Output Gap Measurement in the Euro Area
European University Institute, Florence, Italy


Potential output and the output gap play an essential role - both in theory and in practice - in evaluating the state of an economy as well as in forming and assessing macroeconomic policies. For example, the output gap is often considered a measure of inflationary pressures in the economy. And potential output and the output gap help observers assess whether the source of economic growth is a change in long-run trends or is, instead, due to cyclical factors. Despite its importance as a measure of aggregate macroeconomic conditions and inflationary pressures, the output gap is unobservable, which forces researchers and policy-makers to depend on estimates. The tools available to extract unobservable variables are typically statistical and, hence, may correspond imperfectly with the concept of gaps in the economic models that are used to interpret them.

With these in mind, the Euro Area Business Cycle Dating Committee is organizing a conference on potential output and output gap measurement. The workshop is calling for papers that can shed light on how theoretical and statistical concepts of potential output and the output gap relate and how to measure them in practice. The focus is the Euro Area - either taken as a whole or, possibly, for different constituent countries. It would also be of great interest to the committee to have estimates on the relationship between cyclical fluctuations extracted with different methods and gaps.

For CEPR members and those registered with the CEPR website, please submit your paper via the CEPR online system by visiting the call for papers webpage by December 1, 2019.
If you do not have a personal profile to use you can create one here.
If you have any difficulty in applying, please contact Mariolina Ciccone in the CEPR events team ([email protected]) mentioning in the subject line "40042 - EABC Dating Committee Conference ".
Only authors of accepted papers will be notified. Travel and accommodation expenses of accepted authors will be covered by the organizers.

18/04/2020 JADE-CEPR-TIME-CREPE Conference on Economic Development, Tokyo
Hosted By: University of Tokyo
Organizers: Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess, Hisaki Kono, Nicola Mastrorocco, Gaia Narciso and Kazushi Takahashi
Following recent developments with COVID-19, the CEPR-JADE-TIME conference has been postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.

Please use Firefox, Chrome, Edge or any other web browser that is not Internet Explorer when applying online. Detailed instructions on how to submit a paper can be found at the bottom of this page.

The conference is being organised jointly by the Japanese Association for Development Economics (JADE), Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Trinity Impact Evaluation Unit (TIME), and Center for Research and Education in Program Evaluation (CREPE). We welcome all papers that investigate topics in economic development.

Paper Submissions

  • Submit your paper online by 24:00 Japan Standard Time (JST) UTC+9 on Sunday 5 January 2020 by visiting 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.
  • Only full drafts of papers will be considered.
  • Each paper submission should include an abstract (200 words max).
  • Submit your document in PDF format to ensure that all fonts, symbols, and equations appear the way they were originally typed.
  • The final and completed version of all accepted papers must be received by 31 March 2020.
  • Instruction for JADE Members

  • For JADE members, the conference is the second JADE Conference. Indicate if you are a JADE member on the call for papers webpage.
  • JADE members can be eligible for the Hayami Award. Indicate if you are eligible for the Hayami Award on the call for papers webpage.
  • The selection of the Hayami Award is based on the final version of papers presented by an author who is eligible for the Hayami Award at the conference.
  • To join JADE, please activate your membership here.
  • Important dates

    October Paper Submissions Open

    5 January Paper Submission Deadline

    Early February Acceptance/Rejection Notification

    Mid-February Registration Opens

    31 March Final Papers Due

    12 April Registration Deadline

    18-19 April Conference at University of Tokyo

    Program Committee

    Oriana Bandiera (LSE, CEPR), Robin Burgess (LSE, CEPR), Hisaki Kono (Kyoto U), Nicola Mastrorocco (Trinity College Dublin, TIME), Gaia Narciso (Trinity College Dublin, TIME), Keijiro Otsuka (Kobe U), Aya Suzuki (U Tokyo), Kazushi Takahashi (GRIPS), Yoshito Takasaki (U Tokyo, CREPE, CIRJE), Junichi Yamasaki (Kobe U).

    20/04/2020 EABCN Training School on"Fiscal Policy: Estimating Causal Evidence and Positive Theory", Mannheim

    General Description

    We are pleased to announce details of the latest EABCN Training School; a two-day course entitled "Fiscal Policy: Estimating Causal Evidence and Positive Theory". Professor Morten Ravn will teach the course. 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 are applicable for non-network non-academic organisations).

    Course Contents

    Since the Global Financial Crisis, there has been a resurgence of interest in fiscal policy amongst both academics and policy makers. A question of central interest is the causal impact of fiscal policy shocks and, in particular, the dynamic causal effects. As with monetary policy, the main obstacle to producing such evidence is that changes in fiscal policy instruments are to a large extent endogenous. This course look into methods available for confronting such endogeneity and discuss applications. We will also examine how to confront issues such as anticipation effects, heterogeneity (across the population), and state dependence (time permitting). The course will also connect the results to economic theory and look into positive theories of fiscal policy.

    Administrative Information:

    The course will take place at University of Mannheim, Germany ( Mannheim can be reached with a 30 minute train ride from Frankfurt airport.
    Participants will be invited to make their own arrangements regarding their accommodation and meals. Further information about hotel options will be available to successful applicants.
    Candidates who have a CEPR profile should apply by submitting their CV online at by 6pm (UK Time +1 GMT), Friday January 3, 2019. If you do not currently have a CEPR profile, please create a new one here and then click on the registration link.
    We ask that you send a current version of your CV. PhD students should also specify in which way the school will be useful for their current research (max 300 words).
    About the Instructor:
    Morten O. Ravn is Professor of Economics at University College London. He holds a PhD from the University of Southampton and has previously been employed at University of Aarhus, University of Southampton, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, London Business School and the European University Institute. His research has been concerned with macroeconometrics, macroeconomic theory and international macro with main themes being fiscal policy, business cycles, and monetary economics. He has published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Monetary Economics, American Economic Journal and many others. He is also Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Danish National Research Foundation, CEPR Research Fellow and has served as Managing Editor of the Economic Journal.

    23/04/2020 Adam Smith Workshop Spring 2020, Nice
    Hosted By: EDHEC Business School
    Organizers: Renée B Adams, Harjoat Singh Bhamra, Laurent Calvet, Cláudia Custódio, Thierry Foucault, Nicola Gennaioli, Mariassunta Giannetti, Denis Gromb, Johan Hombert, Dirk Jenter, Christian Julliard, Marcin Kacperczyk, Howard Kung, Augustin Landier, Abraham Lioui, Dong Lou, Steven Ongena, Anna Pavlova, Kim Peijnenburg, Tarun Ramadorai, Jörg Rocholl, David Thesmar, Ali Uppal, Vikrant Vig, Paolo Volpin, Mungo Wilson, Kathy Yuan and Irina Zviadadze

    Given the current circumstances with respect to the novel coronavirus and, in particular, the restrictions of the French government on large gatherings, we have decided that the prudent course of action would be to cancel the upcoming Adam Smith Workshop that was scheduled to be held on 23-24 April, 2020 at EDHEC Business School in Nice.

    We are very disappointed that we will not have the opportunity to get together and discuss research at the conference, especially because we had an exceptionally strong program of papers this year. We have posted the conference program along with the selected papers, which you can access via this link.

    Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused by the cancelation of the conference.

    You are invited to submit papers for the forthcoming Adam Smith Workshop. The workshop will consider papers in all areas of finance, including Asset Pricing, Behavioral Finance, Corporate Finance, Financial Intermediation, Household Finance, and International Finance.

    Papers will be presented in two parallel streams, one labeled Asset Pricing (AP) and the other Corporate Finance (CF). There will also be one joint session with papers that study topics related to both Asset Pricing and Corporate Finance.

    WORKSHOP DATE AND PLACE: The workshop will take place on Thursday, 23 and Friday, 24 April 2020 at EDHEC Business School, 393 Prom. Des Anglais, 06200 Nice, France. There will be a conference dinner on Thursday, 23 April.

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE AND PROCEDURE: The deadline for submitting papers is midnight (CET) Friday 13 December 2019. Papers should be submitted at:

    FUNDING: There is limited funding available for presenters and discussants to cover travel costs.

    PROGRAM COMMITTEES: Asset Pricing:

    Co-chairs: Tarun Ramadorai (Imperial College and CEPR) and Raman Uppal (EDHEC and CEPR) Members: Harjoat Bhamra (Imperial College and CEPR), Laurent Calvet (EDHEC and CEPR), Thierry Foucault (HEC and CEPR), Christian Julliard (LSE), Marcin Kacperczyk (Imperial College and CEPR), Howard Kung (LBS and CEPR), Abraham Lioui (EDHEC), Dong Lou (LSE and CEPR), Anna Pavlova (LBS and CEPR), Kim Peijnenburg (EDHEC and CEPR), Mungo Wilson (Oxford), Kathy Yuan (LSE and CEPR), Irina Zviadadze (HEC Paris, Stockholm School of Economics and CEPR).

    Corporate Finance:

    Co-chairs: Johan Hombert (HEC Paris and CEPR) and Vikrant Vig (LBS and CEPR) Members: Renee Adams (Oxford), Claudia Custodio (Imperial College and CEPR), Nicola Gennaioli (Bocconi and CEPR), Mariassunta Giannetti (SSE and CEPR), Denis Gromb (HEC Paris and CEPR), Dirk Jenter (LSE and CEPR), Augustin Landier (HEC Paris), Steven Ongena (University of Zurich, SFI and CEPR), Jorg Rocholl (ESMT and CEPR), David Thesmar (MIT and CEPR), Paolo Volpin (Cass and CEPR).

    The Adam Smith Workshop is a regular event organised jointly by the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), EDHEC Business School, HEC Paris, Imperial College Business School, INSEAD, London Business School, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Saïd Business School (University of Oxford).