EUROPEAN SUMMER SYMPOSIUM IN FINANCIAL MARKETS

Generously hosted by Study Center Gerzensee

Monday 15 July - Friday 26 July 2013

The 24th CEPR/Study Center Gerzensee European Summer Symposium in Financial Markets (ESSFM) will take place in Gerzensee from 15 to 26 July 2013. The Organising Committee for this symposium consists of: Dirk Niepelt (Study Center Gerzensee and CEPR), Adriano Rampini (Duke University and Harvard University) and Anna Pavlova (London Business School and CEPR). This call for papers invites you to express your interest in attending this symposium, or to submit a paper proposal in any area of financial economics and related fields.

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 organised by Patrick Bolton (Columbia University and CEPR) and Amit Seru (University of Chicago). The focus sessions for the asset-pricing week are organised by Bruno Biais (Toulouse School of Economics and CEPR) and Arvind Krishnamurthy (Northwestern University).

To foster the desired interaction, we ask participants to spend one working week at the Symposium. Committing to attend for only two or three days is not fair to the speakers, to all those who spared the time to attend, and especially to the many researchers whose applications were turned down.

A number of places at the symposium are specifically reserved for younger European scholars (based in Europe or overseas), who are especially encouraged to apply. Senior researchers are therefore requested to pass this information on to junior colleagues working in finance and related fields. Accommodation (checking in on Sunday and checking out on Friday) and food are provided free of charge to participants thanks to the generosity of the Swiss National Bank. Please note that additional nights are at the participantsí own cost and that no meals are provided over the middle weekend. There is limited travel funding available, but we encourage participants to use their own grants to cover such costs. Please indicate on your reply whether you will be able to cover your own travel costs, or whether you will require funding from CEPR (if there are insufficient funds to cover all travel expenses, we will attach priority to funding junior participants). If you are allocated travel funding, this will be covered according to the CEPR travel guidelines.

If you would like to submit a paper proposal, please visit www.cepr.org/YourProfile/Meetings and upload a one-page abstract or provisional draft. You will also be asked to indicate which week you would like to attend and whether you would be interested in attending even if your paper was not selected. We also ask that you submit a link to your current CV, or send a copy by email to avincentrous@cepr.org. Note that it may not be possible to accept all applications to attend this conference as demand always exceeds the space available. We would thus like you to simply submit a paper for, and/or express your interest in attending, the meeting at this stage. Note that only electronic submissions will be considered. If you wish to attend please do ensure that your application and paper reach CEPR by 18 March 2013. We cannot accept submissions received after this date. You may like to read our Guidelines on how to register online for CEPR Meetings at www.cepr.org/meets/emo/Guidelines.htm.

If you have any difficulties registering for this meeting, please contact Amanda Vincent-Rous, Events Manager, at avincentrous@cepr.org or +44 20 7183 8808.