SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 30th, 2023

To submit a paper, please email a draft or extended abstract in PDF format, with writing “TRIO30 conference” in the subject line, to: [email protected]

The 30th TRIO conference, sponsored jointly by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the Tokyo Center for Economic Research (TCER), and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), will focus on digital economy and finance. 

Digitalization is now everywhere in business, finance, and public policies. It has lowered various costs and raised efficiencies. Payment technologies are especially advanced compared to a decade ago: FinTech, crypto-currencies, stable coins, CBDC, NFT, DeFi, DAO, are all relatively new words coined in the last 10 years or so. At the same time, a bit more traditional digitalization such as robots and AIs is increasingly penetrating broad industries, both manufacturing, services, and (even) agriculture. Recently, even more digitalization is called for, especially after experiencing lockdowns due to COVID-19, in not
only businesses but also in public policy areas, including ones related to medical practices.

Digitalization has brought benefits to society and will continue to do so. At the same time, some uneasiness is emerging. The trust on stable coins, crypto-currencies, and NFTs. Privacy issues and financial stability concerns related to CBDCs. The so-called digital divide within and across countries. Those growing concerns require a thorough examination of the rules of the game. Are prudential regulations, similar to the ones for traditional banks, needed for digital finance? How should society address inequality due to the differential access to digital technologies among people? Against this backdrop, the 30th TRIO conference focuses on the following topics, though not restricted to. The academic sessions will exchange views on recent research, both theoretical and empirical papers, on issues related to digital economy. Studies on digital currency and finance including central bank digital currencies (CBDC) are especially welcomed.

• Crypto-currencies
• Central Bank Digital Currencies
• International payment system, alternatives to SWIFT
• Distributed ledgers and optimal mechanism design
• Inequality in digital economy
• Other blockchain applications for business and finance
• Effects of AI and robots in labor markets
• Effects of AI on business and finance
• FinTech
• Digital finance and financial inclusion
• Digital divide within a country
• Digital divide across countries
• E-commerce
• Novel business models and automations in the digital economy
• Social impact and interactions in digital economy
• Sustainable supply chain in digital economy
• Modeling and simulation of digital economy.

A special issue of Journal of the Japanese and International Economies (JJIE) on the conference theme will be published under the Guest Editorship. Authors whose papers are presented at the conference are supposed to submit their papers to the JJIE special issue. Papers submitted for this special issue will undergo the normal journal reviewing process. Modest honorarium will be paid by TCER for authors who submit their papers to the JJIE special issue.

The deadline for submitting papers is January 30, 2023.

Both theoretical and empirical papers are welcome.

To submit a paper, please email a draft or extended abstract in PDF format, with writing “TRIO30 conference” in the subject line, to: [email protected]

Preference will be given to completed papers and to detailed drafts. The selected contributors will be notified as soon as possible. Workshop attendance is by invitation only.

Contact and questions: [email protected]


• NBER: Joshua Hausman
• CEPR: Kenichi Ueda
• TCER: Shin-ichi Fukuda