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Banking and Finance Conference

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August 31, 2017 September 2, 2017


Ningbo, China [Map it]


We are very pleased to invite you to the IFABS Asia 2017 Ningbo Conference, which is jointly organised by the University of Nottingham Ningbo and the New York University Shanghai in the vibrant city of Ningbo, China on August 31 to September 2, 2017.

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

Innovation is often regarded as one of the most powerful forces shaping human society by bringing significant improvements in material standards of living. It may seem obvious that if innovation promotes economic growth, financial innovation must also promote economic growth but this does not necessarily follow. There has been a great deal of financial innovation in the past twenty years but its social value remains unclear.

Major economic benefits can flow from a healthy and innovative financial sector. Greater sophistication and depth of financial markets can promote economic growth by allocating capital where it can be most productive. A broader dispersion of risk across the financial system can increase the resilience of the system and the economy to shocks. Financial innovation, however, can also lead to excessive risk taking. Today, financial innovation stands accused of being complicit in the recent financial crisis of 2007-2008 that has created the first global recession in decades. Recent innovations that were once celebrated, such as negative-amortization mortgages, debt obligations (CDOs) and synthetic CDOs, credit default swaps, etc., are often accused of having either amplified or caused the crisis.

How does financial innovation affect concentration and risk in financial systems?

Does financial innovation promote excessive financial intermediation by inducing investors to underestimate the risk of the investments they make?

How to accurately incorporate this underestimated risk into pricing and asset allocation strategies? Are the incentives of the financial sector biased in favour of too much innovation?

How can financial regulation account for the increase in transaction costs, the ongoing costs of effective oversight, and the risk of unanticipated consequences resulting from financial innovation?  

Can higher capital requirements reduce the incentive for some of the most controversial kinds of financial innovation without increasing social costs and slowing economic growth?

The conference and the JBF special issue welcomes papers on financial innovation that contribute to reassessing the benefits as well as the potential and realized costs and risks of recent financial innovation and make recommendations to ensure that financial innovation does not impede on the stability of financial systems and the sustainability of economic growth.

The conference committee would also like to invite submission of papers relating to all aspects of banking and finance for presentation at the conference. Theoretical and empirical papers are encouraged in areas, which include, but are not limited to:

• Asset Pricing
• Capital Markets
• Financial Crises
• Financial Regulation
• Emerging Markets
• Macro-financial Linkages           
• Behavioral Finance
• Mathematical Finance
• Computational Finance
• Computational Finance
• Banking
• Financial Intermediation
• Corporate Governance
• International Finance
• Corporate Investment Decision
• Efficiency & Productivity Analysis           
• Financial Integration
• Mergers & Acquisitions
• Money and Liquidity
• Financial Econometrics
• Corporate Finance
• Market Microstructure
• Risk Management
• Global Risk Markets
• Securitization
• Financial Policy
• Derivatives
• Internet Finance


The deadline for submission of completed papers (preferably), or very detailed abstracts, is June 30, 2017. Kindly use the ConfTool system to submit your paper.


Special Issue in Journal of Banking and Finance

The JBF special issue will only consider papers accepted for presentation at the conference and directly related to the theme of “Financial Innovation, Stability and Sustainable Growth”.

Submitted papers that have little direct relationship to this theme, even if such papers are good, are likely to be desk rejected as 'out of scope'. Papers submitted to the JBF special issue will go through the same rigorous review process as papers submitted to regular JBF issues. The journal currently strives for a 10% acceptance rate, the same acceptance standards and peer review criteria will apply for this Special Issue.

Papers submitted to the special issue should be submitted through the JBF website between 15 September and 15 October, 2017. The journal’s usual submission fee will apply. Papers should be original work not previously published and not being considered for publication elsewhere. Acceptance to the conference does not guarantee publication in the JBF special issue.  


Best Paper Award

The best paper drawn from the papers presented at the IFABS Asia 2017 Ningbo 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. 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 by June 30, 2017.


Important Dates
June 30, 2017
    Deadline for Paper Submission
July 15, 2017
    Notification of acceptance
July 31, 2017     Early Registration Deadline
August 31-September 2, 2017     Conference Dates
September 15-October 15, 2017     Deadline for submission to Journal of Banking Finance special issue


We look forward to seeing you in Ningbo, China.

IFABS Asia 2017 Ningbo China Conference Executive Committee:

Meryem Duygun, University of Nottingham United Kingdom & President, IFABS
Manfred Kremer, European Central Bank, Conference Chair
Chee Kwong Lau, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Conference Chair
Sergio Mayordomo, Bank of Spain, Conference Chair
Ke Tang, Tsinghua University, Conference Chair
Yongmin Zhang, University of Nottingham Ningbo, Conference Chair
Xin Zhou, NYU Shanghai, Conference Chair