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IFABS 2016 Barcelona Conference

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June 1, 2016 June 2, 2016


Barcelona, Spain [Map it]


Keynote Speaker:

Professor Viral Acharya, Stern School of Business, New York University


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are very pleased to invite you to the IFABS 2016 Barcelona Conference, which is jointly organised by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), University of Nottingham, University of Sheffield and University of Leicester in the beautiful city of Barcelona on 1-2 June, 2016.

The International Finance and Banking Society (IFABS) Conferences aim to provide a forum for discussion and critical analysis of the major financial and banking challenges and networking amongst academics, policy-makers, research students and practitioners.

Founded in 2008 in the United Kingdom, IFABS, with over 3,500 members from over 60 countries, is one of the world's leading organizations dedicated to the promotion of research in banking and finance. The Society is recognised for the top quality research meetings and conferences it organises throughout the world.

Conference Theme

Globalisation, financial and economic integration, financial crisis and the rapid changes in the global economic environment have changed perceptions of risk. The traditional Markowitz view of risk and diversification has been questioned as strategies that were previously thought to reduce risk have been demonstrated, in some circumstances, to have the opposite effect. Sophisticated instruments, new trading technologies and growing interrelations between capital markets have radically altered the landscape of risk in financial markets.

Whilst complex corporate structures, opaque balance sheets and the rise of shadow banks have added to the mix of risks faced by financial institutions. A constantly changing regulatory environment compounds these issues across both markets and institutions make the measurement and management of risk increasingly complex. The aim of the IFABS Barcelona conference in 2016 is to provide a platform for academics, practitioners and policy makers to share their views on the interrelated and complex risks that face financial institutions, and their implications for financial stability and economic growth.
The conference welcomes papers across broad areas that discuss systemic, systematic and idiosyncratic risk with a special focus on financial institutions and markets. In such an evolving global economic and financial environment where risks are becoming increasingly complex and entangled we are asking: How can we assess risk? How can we manage risk?

In addition to the papers directly related to the conference theme, the conference committee would like to invite submission of papers relating to all aspects of banking and finance. Both theoretical and empirical papers are encouraged in areas which include, but are not limited to:

• Asset Pricing
• Capital Markets
• Financial Crises
• Financial Regulation
• Corporate Finance
• Macro-financial Linkages
• Behavioural Finance
• Mathematical & Computational Modelling
• Financial Intermediation
• Corporate Governance
• Financial Econometrics
• Market Microstructure
• Performance Measurement and Analysis
• Securitization
• Money and Liquidity

The deadline for submission of completed papers (preferably), or very detailed abstracts, is 20th March, 2016. Kindly use the ConfTool system to submit your paper.

Special Issue in Journal of Banking and Finance

A special issue of the Journal of Banking and Finance on the conference theme “Risk in Financial Markets and Institutions: New challenges, New solutions” will be published under the guest editorship of Meryem Duygun (University of Hull), Dan Ladley (University of Leicester), Diego Prior (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and Mohamed Shaban (University of Sheffield).

Authors whose papers are accepted for presentation at the conference are encouraged to submit their papers to the Journal of Banking and Finance special issue. Papers submitted to the special issue should be submitted through the JBF website between 30 June - 30 September 2016. Authors should specify IFABS 2016 for "Paper Type" during the submission procedure. Papers should be original work not previously published and not being considered for publication elsewhere. Acceptance to the conference does not guarantee publication in JBF. The journal’s usual submission fee will apply.

Best Paper Award

The best paper drawn from the papers presented at the IFABS 2016 Barcelona Conference will be awarded the IFABS Best Research Paper Award. IFABS Best PhD Paper Award will be given to the best paper written by a PhD student. And IFABS Best Poster Award will be given to the best poster presented. All awards include an honorarium. 

Special Sessions

The Conference Executive Committee welcomes proposals from policy-makers and academics for special sessions, roundtables and panels. Please email to info@ifabs.org by 20th March 2016.

Important Dates
20 March 2016
    Deadline for Paper Submission
12 April 2016     Notification of acceptance
1 May 2016     Early Registration Deadline
15 May 2016     Final Conference Registration Deadline
1-2 June, 2016     Conference Dates
30 June - 30 Sep., 2016     Submissions to JBF special issue

We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona, Spain.

IFABS 2016 Barcelona Conference Executive Committee:

Meryem Duygun, President of IFABS, University of Hull

Dan Ladley, Conference co-chair, University of Leicester

Diego Prior, Conference co-chair, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Mohamed Shaban, Conference co-chair, University of Sheffield