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The 19th CEPR/Study Center Gerzensee European Summer Symposium in Financial Markets (ESSFM) will take place in Gerzensee from 14 to 26 July 2008. The Organizing Committee for this conference consists of: Philippe Bacchetta (Université de Lausanne and CEPR), Per Strömberg (Swedish Institute of Financial Research and CEPR) and Pietro Veronesi (University of Chicago and CEPR).

The meeting will include daily seminars in the morning, in which participants present their work, as well as less formal evening seminars scheduled at the beginning of the Symposium. A substantial amount of time is reserved for independent work and collaborative research, which provides participants with a unique opportunity to interact and discuss each other's research.

In addition, four mornings will be devoted to 'focus sessions', each of which concentrates on some recent developments in corporate finance (week one) and asset pricing (week two). Focus sessions for the corporate finance week will be organized by Douglas Baird (University of Chicago Law School) and Thomas Hellmann (UBC). Focus sessions in the asset pricing week will be organized by Jonathan Berk (University of California at Berkeley) and Dimitri Vayanos (London School of Economics and CEPR).