CEBRA’s mission is to encourage applied and theoretical research on topics relevant to central banks, financial regulators, international financial institutions, and fiscal authorities, as well as to connect the research staff of these institutions with academia. Currently, CEBRA connects researchers from around 60 central banks, IFIs, and academic institutions.

  1. CEBRA organizes an Annual Meeting:

The 2021 Annual Meeting of CEBRA will take place virtually on 7-9 July 2021, at the MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy (GCFP) Massachusetts, U.S. The meeting is co-organized with the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE.  The meeting will commence on Wednesday, 7 July 2021, 9 am (EST) with a high-level policy discussion, featuring a fireside talk with Ben Bernanke (former Chairman of the Federal Reserve). Further high-level panels will take place on 7th and 8th with confirmed participation by James Bullard (President, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis), Olli Rehn (Governor, Bank of Finland) and Eric Rosengen (President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston).  On Thursday and Friday, 8-9 July 2021, the main conference will take place. It will feature 35 contributed sessions on a wide variety of policy-relevant topics.  The Scientific Committee is chaired by Deborah Lucas (MIT), Loriana Pelizzon (SAFE), and Athanasios Orphanides (MIT).

  • The Call for Papers can be found here
  • The submission portal can be found here
  • Submission deadline: Tuesday, May 11

The 2020 Annual Assembly of the Central Bank Research Association took place virtually on 1st to 3rd September, 2020, as part of the virtual annual meeting, at the Center for Macroeconomics of the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and at the Bank of England. The meeting commenced with a high-level policy discussion on Payment Systems and the Future of the International Monetary and Financial System. Minouche Shafik (LSE) delivered welcome remarks and Hyun-Song Shin (BIS) the keynote speech. Gita Gopinath (IMF), Philip Lane (ECB), Ricardo Reis (LSE), Hélène Rey (LBS), and Andrès Velasco (LSE) participated in a high-level panel.   The subsequent keynote speech was delivered by Ben Broadbent (BoE) who further organized a high level policy panel chaired by Andrew Haldane (BoE) and including Viral Acharya (NYU Stern), Diane Coyle (Cambridge), Darrell Duffie  (Stanford), and Andrès Velasco (LSE).  The main conference commenced on Wednesday 02 Sept and featured 35 contributed sessions on a wide variety of policy-relevant topics, assembled from over 705 high-quality submissions, making the meeting one of the most selective large conferences in the field of economics.  The scientific committee was chaired by Charlie Bean (LSE), Michael Kumhof (BoE), and Ricardo Reis (LSE).  The full academic program can be accessed here

The 2019 annual meeting commenced on Thursday, July 18 with a high-level policy workshop at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, featuring presentations by Nellie Liang and Jeremy C. Stein and a keynote talk by John C. Williams. The over 30 contributed sessions and further high-level panels took place on Friday and Saturday, July 19-20 at the Kellogg Center, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. The program can be found here . The Bank for International Settlements and Columbia University organised high-level panels. Contributed sessions were organised by the Financial Stability Board, International Monetary Fund, Swiss National Bank, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Bank of Israel, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, European Central Bank, Sveriges Riksbank, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Norges Bank, Bank of Spain, Bank of Japan, Bank of Canada, Bank of Korea, Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Deutsche Bundesbank, Central Bank of Ireland, Columbia University, SAFE/Goethe University Frankfurt, Center for Economic Policy Research, Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research, and International Banking Research Network. The scientific committee was chaired by Patricia Mosser, Takatoshi Ito, Stefanie Schmitt-Grohé, and Michael Woodford (all Columbia University).

The 2018 annual meeting was co-organized with the Research Center SAFE at Goethe University Frankfurt and took place on August 20-21, 2018. The meeting featured a keynote speech by Jens Weidmann, as well as high-level panels organized by the International Monetary Fund, Deutsche Bundesbank, and the Financial Stability Board. The meeting was originally planned to have 20 contributed sessions (access the call for papers here) but due to high demand (there were 589 submissions), 5 sessions were added (see final program here).

The 2017 annual meeting was hosted by the Bank of Canada and took place during July 20-21 in Ottawa, Canada. The 2017 meeting featured six sessions jointly organized by CEBRA and the Bank of Canada. Further, the meeting featured special sessions organized by the Bank for International Settlements, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank, as well as an invited session organized by the National Bureau of Economic Research (see final program here).

The 2016 annual meeting was held at Norges Bank on August 16 and focused on macroprudential policies and financial stability (see final program here).

2. Second, CEBRA has developed Research Programs that foster interaction among researchers at central banks, academic institutions, and other organizations on specific areas of research that are both academically relevant and of high policy interest.  Each research program manages an annual conference that is hosted by a central bank within the CEBRA network.

At the current juncture, CEBRA hosts the following four Research Programs:

  1. International Trade and Macroeconomics Program (ITM) The ITM Program brings together researchers with interests at the intersection of international trade and international macroeconomics. The Program Directors are Julian di Giovanni (Federal Reserve Bank of New York / Universitat Pompeu of Fabra) and Andrei Levchenko (University of Michigan)
  2. International Finance and Macroeconomics Program (IFM) The IFM program brings together researchers with interests in international finance and monetary economics. It encompasses empirical and theoretical analysis of issues related to international financial markets and institutions, international capital flows, and monetary policy spillovers and coordination. The Program Director is Galina Hale (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)
  3. Monetary Policy and Macro Finance (MPMF) The MPMF Program covers topics ranging from classical monetary models to new macroeconomic models with a financial sector, focusing on implications of central bank policies and financial regulation.  The Program Director is JDavid Lopez-Salido (The Federal Reserve System)
  4. Inflation: Drivers & Dynamics (IDD) The IDD Program brings together researchers with interests in inflation and its underlying determinants. The Program Directors are Robert W. Rich (The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland) and Raphael Schoenle (The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland / Brandeis University).

Third, CEBRA also aims to host/co-organize academic sessions at the annual meetings of leading associations in economics and finance. Our current cooperation’s are with the Allied Social Science Association meetings (organized by the American Economic Association), the Asian Bureau of Economic and Finance Research (ABFER) and with the Western Economic Association International (WEAI). Each year, CEBRA is organizing:

  • One session at the ASSA
  • One session at ABFER’s annual meeting
  • A number of sessions at the WEAI annual meeting.

Please contact us in case you represent an association or organization and would like to partner with us.

Last, CEBRA hosts an information service collecting all research events that are of specific interest to the members of CEBRA (research conferences, calls for submissions on specific subjects by well-established journals, calls to participate in central bank research networks, and information on select courses). Posting on our list is free and open to everyone, but only postings that:
– are thematically of core relevance for CEBRA’s members,
– are non-commercial in nature,
– and have been posted by an institution with a well-established track record,
will be published and distributed.

CEBRA is an independent scientific organization open to academicians and practitioners working on topics of interest to central banks, financial regulators, international financial institutions, and fiscal authorities. CEBRA operates as a not-for-profit organization based in Switzerland, an association as defined by and subject to the Swiss civil code applying to associations (“Verein”); part one, title two, chapter two. Its bylaws can be accessed here.

CEBRA has been granted the status of Tax Exempt Association by the Canton of Basel City. Donations to CEBRA are thus tax-exempt under Swiss law (both at the Federal and Cantonal level).

CEBRA’s secretariat and research events are financed by voluntary contributions by central banks and international organizations. Our list of partners can be found here.

The secretariat of the Central Bank Research Association (CEBRA) is hosted by the Chair of Macroeconomics at the University of Basel and the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB).  The CEBRA postal address 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

Note that the neither University of Basel and the Oesterreichische Nationalbank, nor its staff assume any legal responsibility for the Central Bank Research Association, which is an independent organisation.