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:​

26th CEPR European Summer Symposium in International Macroeconomics (ESSIM) 2018

22-25 May 2018

This call for papers invites you to submit a paper proposal for this conference in any area of macroeconomics and related fields, or to express your interest in attending as a discussant.
ESSIM is an annual meeting that brings together about 75 economists from across Europe and key researchers from outside the region. It provides a unique opportunity for macroeconomists from different research institutions and countries to discuss research in a relaxed atmosphere and to develop long-term collaborative relationships.

Guest Speakers

  • Sérgio Rebelo (Northwestern University and CEPR)
  • Stephanie Schmitt-Grohé (Columbia University and CEPR)
  • David Weil (Brown University)

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EABCN Conference: "Measuring the Effects of Unconventional Monetary Policy in the Data: what Have We Learned?

27-28 April 2018

The conference will cover a broad range of themes related to the estimation of the effects of unconventional monetary policies in the data. A special emphasis is on methodological, econometric, and especially empirical aspects of the estimation of the effects of unconventional monetary policies, in particular of large scale asset purchases (LSAP) and forward guidance, and their comparison with conventional monetary policy tools. Topics of the conference include but are not limited to:

  • Measuring the effects of unconventional monetary policy on asset prices and the macroeconomy
  • Identifying the channels of transmission of unconventional monetary policy
  • Measuring the international spillovers and exchange rate effects of QE
  • The extent to which empirical results match what theory prescribes
  • The power of communication in unconventional (and conventional) times
  • Empirics of the policy mix in unconventional times
  • Empirical predictions on the consequences of exiting from unconventional policies

Jordi Gali (CREI and CEPR), Refet S. Gürkaynak (Bilkent University and CEPR), Frank Smets (ECB and CEPR) and Jonathan Wright (Johns Hopkins University) are confirmed invited speakers, and we welcome further relevant submissions.

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CEPR Conference On Applied Industrial Organisation

18-20 June 2018

The Applied IO conference series seeks to contribute to the understanding of the breadth of topics analysed within the field of Industrial Organisation, including demand, productivity, competition in the short- and long-run, innovation, investment, and auctions, to develop empirical protocols and tests of economic models, to promote the exchange and the dissemination of results at the forefront of research, and finally, to evaluate current competition and regulation policies. It will cover the state of the art in both applied and empirical Industrial Organisation.

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CEPR Annual Public Economics Symposium 2018

21-22 June 2018

This Symposium will take place on 21-22 June 2018, and will be hosted by the new center of excellence: Center of Economic Behavior and Inequality (CEBI) at the University of Copenhagen.

In the afternoon of June 21, the symposium will feature three keynotes by world-leading scholars who will talk about inequality from different research perspectives:

  • Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics and CEPR): Rising Inequality and Globalisation
  • Ernst Fehr (University of Zurich and CEPR): Social Preferences and the Support for Redistributive Politics
  • Fatih Guvenen (University of Minnesota and NBER): Inequality: New Facts vs. Old Myths

The goal of the symposium is to provide a forum for high-quality work in public economics and to bring together economists in the field from across Europe as well as key researchers from outside the region. Paper proposals are invited in any area of public economics. Both theoretical and empirical work is welcome. This year, we are particularly interested in topics related to the effects of taxes, social insurance and social safety net programs on inequality and its dynamics, and the role of economic behavior for inequality and the effectiveness of public policy.

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Second CEPR/EBRD/Economics of Transition Symposium: Globalisation and Labour Markets

14-15 June 2018

You are invited to submit a paper to the 2nd CEPR/EBRD/Economics of Transition Economics Symposium on globalisation and labour markets in advanced and emerging markets. The symposium will provide a platform for researchers and policy makers to discuss new research findings and to identify areas where further academic and policy-oriented work is needed. Papers are invited on the following – non-exhaustive – list of topics:

  • International trade and labour market outcomes

  • The political, economic and social consequences of globalisation

  • Migration and social mobility within and across countries

  • Educational attainment and skill development in a globalised world

  • The changing nature of work in the digital economy

  • Inequality, inclusion and gender in the global economy

  • Institutional quality and governance in a comparative perspective

  • Globalisation and its impact on the environment

  • The role of automation and robots in shaping labour markets

  • Globalisation and labour regulation

The symposium features keynote talks by Paola Conconi (Université Libre de Bruxelles and CEPR) and David Dorn (University of Zurich and CEPR). 

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Heterogeneity in Macroeconomics a Decade after the Crisis

Cambridge (UK)
4-5 May 2018

Almost a decade has passed since the onset of the Great Recession. While much knowledge of this event has been gained, there is still much to understand. This conference aims to focus on the nature of heterogeneity in macroeconomics in understanding the underpinnings, propagations, and suitable policy responses, of large downturns in economic activity.
The conference organisers welcome submissions of a theoretical or empirical nature. Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

  1. Household heterogeneity, debt accumulation, housing, and aggregate demand.
  2. Firm heterogeneity, production networks, and supply contagion.
  3. Financial intermediation, credit dry-ups, and macro-prudential policy.
  4. Inequality as a source of imbalances.

Participation has been confirmed by: George-Marios Angeletos (MIT), Alessandra Fogli (Minneapolis Fed. and CEPR), Jordi Gali (CREi and CEPR), Veronica Guerrieri (Chicago Booth), Fatih Guvenen (University of Minnesota), Per Krusell, (IIES Stockholm and CEPR), Virgiliu Midrigan (NYU), and Stefanie Stantcheva (Harvard and CEPR).

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Competition and Regulation in Financial Markets

31 May 2018 

Imperial College Business School and the Bank of England, in collaboration with Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), are inviting submissions of research and policy-oriented papers for the second annual conference on 'Competition and Regulation in Financial Markets' to be held at Imperial College London on Thursday 31 May 2018.

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, an international consensus emerged that financial institutions should be regulated more strongly to improve their resilience. Where appropriate, competition within the financial sector should be facilitated. However, in the absence of adequate regulation competition could prove problematic.

Keynote speaker:

Elena Carletti (Bocconi University)

In addition to papers there will also be a policy roundtable on fintech and competition.

The theme of the conference is competition and regulation in financial markets and conference topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The impact of regulation on competition
  • Technology and competition in financial services
  • The role of financial regulation in facilitating(or not facilitating) trading in financial services
  • The impact of diversity in ownership and different business models
  • Firms’ boundaries and bundling/unbundling of financial services
  • Regulatory arbitrage

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The 17th Annual GEP Postgraduate Conference 2018

19-20 February 2018

The 17th GEP Postgraduate Conference will take place on 19th - 20th April 2018 at the University of Nottingham. The Conference provides a forum for the dissemination of student research relating to issues of Globalisation and Economic Policy from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. These areas include Foreign Direct Investment, Trade, Productivity, Economics of the MNEs, Migration and Labour Market Adjustment.

The objective of the Conference is to bring together a number of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to discuss their own research ideas with established researchers in a relaxed atmosphere. The conference is open to graduate students and post-docs. Speakers will be selected on the basis of submitted papers or an extended abstract. (Preference will, however, be given to papers.)

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Sixth CEPR Economic History Symposium 

22-24 June 2018

The sixth CEPR Economic History Symposium, which will take place in Rome, 22-24 June 2018. The event will be organised by Stephen Broadberry (Nuffield College and CEPR) and Alfredo Gigliobianco (Banca d’Italia).

The symposium aims to bring together leading researchers in the field.

Papers are being sought on topics including, but not necessarily limited to:

• Macroeconomic and financial history 
• Economic growth in the very long run 
• Institutions and economic development 
• The history of the international economy 

One half day will be devoted to a policy session, exploring ways in which economic history can provide lessons for today’s economic challenges.


Corporate Finance Theory Symposium 

14-15 September 2018

The Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance (CERF) welcomes submissions for its 2018 Corporate Finance Theory Symposium to be held in Cambridge UK,Cambridge Judge Business School14-15 September 2018.

The symposium covers all areas of theoretical corporate finance, including theory papers that combine corporate finance theory with a related area such as banking, market micro-structure, asset pricing, and financial accounting.

The format of the 2018 symposium will be similar in nature to previous years’ editions (Previous Conferences).  We expect to have about 9 papers (each with a discussant) and one keynote speech. This year’s keynote speaker will be Peter DeMarzo, Stanford University.

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Money in the Digital Age

12-13 June 2018

Keynote: Prof. Bengt Holmström (MIT), Nobel laureate in economics, 2016.

Information and communication technologies have affected financial services for decades. More recently, digitization of information has increasingly spread to almost all areas of human activity, creating new vast pools of data. This has opened new opportunities also to financial services, which both incumbent institutions and new players are facing. Great benefits may be available, but new risks may also emerge. New technologies and players may eventually increase competition and innovation which may lead to better and cheaper financial services to the end users. However, it is not clear that welfare benefits can be maximized without policy interventions. Financial regulation and supervision – even competition policies - can be a catalyst, but may be needed also for safeguarding the financial system against new types of risks. Central banks may also be affected as ways of payment and use of cash are changing. The issue of digital central bank currencies has risen, with potential implications for financial stability and the transmission of monetary policy.

Consequently, original papers subject to high academic standards and preferably with important policy or practical implications are invited, for example, on the following topics, though not restricted to them:

• Effects of new technologies and digitalization on various aspects of financial intermediation; e.g., payment services, and credit extension including credit analysis and delegated monitoring role of banks
• Implications of “open banking” initiatives (such as the EU directive, PSD2) for the industrial organization of banking and innovation
• Implications for financial stability of new players, technologies, and business models
• Implications of the new forms of shadow banking 
• Implications of the emergence of new payment technologies and cryptocurrencies
• Role of financial regulation and supervision in facilitating productive developments and controlling risks
• Role of central banks in the new environment: issues related to the declining use of cash, central bank digital currency (CBDC), the role of legal tender, and implications for macroprudential policy and monetary policy.


Heterogeneous Agent Models in Continuous Time with Monetary Policy Applications

4-6 June 2018

We are pleased to announce details of the latest EABCN Training School; a three-day course entitled “Heterogeneous Agent Models in Continuous Time with Monetary Policy Applications”. Prof Benjamin Moll 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 applicable for non-network organisations).

Course Contents
A recent literature argues that Heterogeneous Agent New Keynesian (HANK) models provide a useful framework for the analysis of macroeconomic shocks and policies, particularly for better understanding the transmission mechanism of monetary policy. Central Banks often have access to (or collect themselves) high-quality micro data and such heterogeneous agent models also open up the door to bringing this micro data to the table in order to empirically discipline macro theories.

This training course develops tools for the analysis and numerical solution of heterogeneous agent models. Continuous-time methods have proven useful in this regard because, in continuous time, heterogeneous agent models can be conveniently solved as systems of partial differential equations. The emphasis of the training course will be on providing the necessary background for participants to apply these tools in practice, with particular focus on numerical solution techniques using finite difference methods.

The training course will cover the following applications:

  • General equilibrium models with incomplete markets and uninsured idiosyncratic labour income risk as in Aiyagari (1994), Bewley (1986) and Huggett (1993) that are widely used to study the role of income and wealth distribution in the macroeconomy
  • Heterogeneous agent models with both idiosyncratic and aggregate risk as in Den Haan (1997) and Krusell and Smith (1998)
  • Heterogeneous Agent New Keynesian (HANK) models
  • First attempts at Bayesian estimation of HANK models
  • (Time permitting) Theories with multiple assets and non-convexities as well as stopping time problems

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The Euro at 20

25-26 June 2018

The Central Bank of Ireland, the International Monetary Fund, and the IMF Economic Review are inviting paper submissions for a conference on “The Euro at 20” to be held in Dublin on June 25-26, 2018.

Since its launch in January 1999, the euro project has received much praise as well as criticism. As the currency is about to turn twenty, the conference will take stock of the euro’s performance. The conference organisers seek both theoretical and empirical research contributions on topics of central importance to currency areas in general, and the euro area in particular. 

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Asset Prices and the Macro Economy

31 August-1 September 2018

The financial crisis and the subsequent economic recovery were associated with spectacular price movements in a number asset markets. Understanding these fluctuations and their interactions with the macro economy remains challenging. The conference seeks to bring together innovative work advancing our knowledge of macro-financial linkages. Theoretical and empirical contributions are both welcome. The program of the first conference in this series is available here.

The following participants have confirmed to be keynote speakers at the conference:

Nicola Gennaioli (Bocconi University & CEPR)

Stefan Nagel (Booth School of Business, University of Chicago & CEPR)

The conference organisers are Klaus Adam (University of Mannheim, CEPR and EABCN) and Elisa Faraglia (Cambridge University, CEPR and EABCN).

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