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Call for applications: Research Unit Visiting Scholars Programme at the Bank of Finland, Monetary Policy and Research Department, Fall/Winter 2017

The Bank of Finland’s Research Unit (RU) invites applications for the Visiting Scholars Programme in the areas of macroeconomics, monetary policy, financial stability and financial markets. More information are available under
The application deadline is April 30, 2017.


Call: Understanding inflation: lessons from the past, lessons for the future?

Frankfurt am Main, 21-22 September 2017

Many countries have seen low inflation in recent years, and both structural and cyclical factors seem to have contributed to this. The aim of the conference is to enhance our understanding of the drivers and dynamics of inflation and of inflation expectations, to draw conclusions from the most recent low inflation environment as well as from earlier episodes, and to discuss lessons for the future. The conference is intended to provide a forum for discussing innovative research and to facilitate exchanges of views between researchers and policymakers.

Submission Deadline: 31 May 2017

For further information, please visit the website.

Call: Joint European Central Bank and Magyar Nemzeti Bank research workshop on “Macroprudential instruments: effectiveness and interactions”

10 July 2017, Budapest

In the recent years, policymakers have made significant progress in applying macroprudential instruments, particularly in the banking sector. This invites us to evaluate the effectiveness of macroprudential policies and how the different tools designed to mitigate systemic risks interact with each other. Strong interlinkages between European economies and cross-border banking groups mean that particular care must be taken in the implementation of macroprudential measures. In this complex institutional and legal set-up one of the key challenges is to develop a holistic assessment of the macroprudential stance. This requires both an understanding of whether an instrument is appropriate with respect to a particular systemic risk and an understanding of how the macroprudential instruments applied interact with each other. With the objective of enhancing its assessment of macroprudential policies, the Macroprudential Policy Group (MPPG) of the European Central Bank’s Financial Stability Committee (FSC) is organising its second research workshop entitled “Macroprudential policies: effectiveness and interactions”, to be held in Budapest on 10 July 2017 and hosted by the Magyar Nemzeti Bank.

The workshop aims to facilitate a dialogue between policymakers and researchers in order to better assess the adequacy of macroprudential policies. The workshop will review empirical results, as well as state-of-the-art models and tools currently being developed in academia and policy institutions for the assessment of macroprudential policies. The review is intended to shed further light on possible complementarities, interactions and spillover effects created by the application of macroprudential measures.

Submission deadline: 18:00 CET on 19 May 2017

For further information about the research workshop, please visit the webiste.

Course on Firm Level Analysis at the Tinbergen Institute

Amsterdam, July 3-7, 2017

The Tinbergen Institute (a member of the CompNet network) will hold a 4-days course on the theory and practice of the analysis of firm level data for the study of productivity, trade and growth. The course, taught by Bartelsman, De Loecker and Van Biesebroeck, will blend together theory, application to data and practical, hands-on, econometric analysis.

For further information about the course, please visit the website.

Registration is open. Institutions members of CompNet will be entitled to send two staff free of charge.

Call: Rethinking Competitiveness, Structural Reforms, and Macro Policy. Annual conference of the International Trade and Macroeconomics Program @ Bank of Italy, Rome, October 5-6, 2017

Papers (drafts or extended abstracts) should be submitted through Conference Maker® ( no later than Sunday April 30, 2017.
When submitting the paper, please indicate whether you are willing to act as a discussant. Decisions will be notified by Wednesday May 31, 2017.


University of Basel to host CEBRA secretariat, Rahel Braun appointed as General Manager and Andreas Freitag appointed as Research Program Manager & Associate Treasurer

It is a great pleasure to announce that since 01.01.2017, the secretariat of the Central Bank Research Association (CEBRA) is hosted by the Chair of Macroeconomics at the University of Basel.

Founded in 1460, the University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland. The Chair of Macroeconomics is part of the Faculty of Business and Economics, which was established in 1995. It is currently held by Prof. Dr. Sarah Marit Lein. She holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Konstanz, and a PhD from the University of Zurich and also completed the doctoral program at the Study Center Gerzensee. Her research interests include monetary policy, business cycles, empirical macroeconomics and applied econometrics.

The new postal and physical address of CEBRA is:

Central Bank Research Association

University of Basel, Faculty of Business and Economics,

Chair of Macroeconomics, Office 4.38,

Peter Merian-Weg 6

4002 Basel, Switzerland

Along with the establishment of the Secretariat, we are further happy to announce the following appointments:

Rahel Braun appointed as General Manager

Rahel Braun holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Berne and started her PhD at the University of Basel in 2015. Currently, she is attending  the doctoral Program held at the Study Center Gerzensee. Her research interests are empirical macroeconomics.

Andreas Freitag appointed as Research Program Manager & Associate Treasurer

Andreas Freitag holds a MSc in Economics and Finance from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and started his PhD at the University of Basel in 2015. He is currently working at the Bank for International Settlements as a PhD research assistant and is completing the Swiss Program for Beginning Doctoral Students in Economics held at the Study Center Gerzensee. His research interests are in macroeconomics, macro-financial linkages and regulation.

Call: IBEFA Summer Meeting @ WEAI, San Diego, June 25 – 29, 2017

Access the full call here.

IBEFA Summer Meeting, San Diego, California June 25 – 29, 2017.
Held concurrently with the Western Economic Association International Conference. For sessions on macro-oriented topics, see the call for CEBRA’s sessions at the same event.

Submission Deadline: January 27, 2017

The International Banking, Economics, and Finance Association (IBEFA) will hold its next Summer Meeting in San Diego, California during the 92nd Western Economic Association International Conference Sunday – Thursday, June 25-29, 2017 – Marriott Marquis & Marina. Members and others are encouraged to submit papers.

IBEFA seeks conference paper submissions that contribute to its goals of furthering the study of banking and financial systems around the world. We encourage submission of high-quality papers on topics related (but not limited) to:

  • Asset valuation
  • Banking theory
  • Capital management and regulation
  • CEO compensation
  • Competition and innovation in financial services
  • Credit risk measurement and management
  • Securization
  • Derivatives markets and exchanges
  • Empirical studies of financial intermediation
  • Finance-growth nexus
  • Financial stability indicators
  • Household borrowing behavior
  • Liquidity management and regulation
  • Macroprudential supervision
  • Markets for fixed income securities
  • Monetary policy transmission mechanism

We are also open to proposals for complete sessions (including discussants) on policy-relevant topics.


To submit a paper, you must first register at the conference planning website: or go to the IBEFA website ( and follow the link to the paper submission site under the heading “Call for Papers – WEAI.” If you experience any submission difficulty, please contact Niki Maas (


Please note that there is no paper submission fee. However, at least one author from each accepted paper must be an IBEFA member as of March 15, 2017. Authors of (provisionally) accepted papers, who are not members, will be given the opportunity to join before the program is finalized.

The presenting author of an accepted paper must also register to attend the WEAI Conference. Because IBEFA is an allied society, registration is available at the WEAI member rate after joining IBEFA; for information see

The presenting author will be required to discuss a paper if asked to do so by the Program Chair. The overall quality of our conference is greatly enhanced when presenting authors also provide a high quality discussion of another scholar’s work.

Luisa Lambertini
Program Chair, IBEFA
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Call: “Firms in the Global Economy”, June 12-13, Barcelona, GSE

We would like to invite you to submit a paper to the Firms in the Global Economy workshop that will take place in Barcelona, on June 12-13, 2017. This workshop is part of the fifth Barcelona GSE Summer Forum.

The workshop will bring together applied economists working in the fields of global linkages, international economics, firm dynamics, productivity growth, and managerial practices to discuss the most recent academic research.

The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2017. To submit a paper, please use the link Authors chosen to present papers will be notified by the end of March 2017. A preliminary program will be announced by the end of April 2017.

Please note that Barcelona Summer Forum is a series of independent workshops. When you submit your paper, you will be able to see the topics and dates of other workshops that will take place within the Summer Forum. The same paper cannot be submitted to more than one workshop, but you are welcome to submit a different paper to another workshop.