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RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research

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The Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research (HKIMR) accepts applications for positions as  visiting Research Fellow on an ongoing and highly competitive basis under the two following programmes.

The HKIMR offers an attractive remuneration package, including travel and accommodation allowances. If you are interested and meet the specific requirements, please email a proposal of 3-5 pages together with your curriculum vita to Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research ( The Council of Advisors reviews proposals on a quarterly basis. Since the Council frequently requests clarifications of the proposed projects, applicants need to apply well in advance of their desired dates of visit.

Call: CEBRA Workshop for Commodities and Macroeconomics, September 28‐29, 2017 at the Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC, USA

CEBRA Workshop for Commodities and Macroeconomics

Thursday and Friday, September 28‐29, 2017

Hosted by the Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC, USA

Call for papers
The Federal Reserve Board will host a CEBRA workshop for Commodities and Macroeconomics in Washington DC on September 28‐29, 2017. The workshop will focus on the broad economic implications of commodity markets. We invite researchers to submit papers on any aspect of the economics of commodities (including energy, metals, and agricultural products) and their interaction with the broader economy.

Specific topics could be related (but not restricted) to:
 Modeling and forecasting commodity prices and quantities.
 Measure of expectations and their role in commodity price movements.
 The roles of demand, supply, and financial shocks in driving commodity prices.
 Speculation and commodity prices.
 Interactions between commodity prices and financial markets.
 Technological innovation and adoption in commodity markets.
 Analysis investigating commodity project investment and production decisions.
 Broad macroeconomic implications of commodity price fluctuations.
 The welfare effects of shocks in particular commodity markets, e.g., falling oil prices.
 Monetary or fiscal policy responses to commodity price fluctuations.
 Fiscal budgeting and hedging policies for commodity‐producing countries.
 Aggregate output and inflation responses to commodity price movements.
 Commodity price cycles’ effects on the global economy, emerging economies, or
commodity‐producing economies.
The submitting author must be a member of CEBRA. To join CEBRA free of charge, please
The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2017. Please send drafts of completed papers to Authors of accepted papers will be informed by July 31.
Please address any questions to
Scientific committee: Martin Bodenstein, Deepa Datta, Benjamin Johannsen, Maria Tito, and Robert Vigfusson

CEBRA Board Call for Papers Commodities and Macro


(updated) Program of the 2017 Annual Meeting at Bank of Canada, July 20-21, Ottawa, Canada

Program of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the

Central Bank Research Association

Hosted by the Bank of Canada

     July 20-21, 2017, Ottawa, Canada

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The annual meeting of the Central Bank Research Association (CEBRA) brings together policy-relevant research on topics of interest to central banks and international financial institutions. CEBRA’s 2017 Annual Meeting is organized jointly with the Bank of Canada (BoC) and takes place on July 20-21 2017 at the BoC’s conference center in Ottawa.

The 2017 meeting features six sessions jointly organized by CEBRA and BoC. Further, the meeting features special sessions organized by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Bank (WB), as well as an invited session organized by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Scientific committee:

 Chair: Rhys Mendes (BoC)

Members: Enrique Alberola (BIS), Marcus Brunnermeier (Princeton & NBER), Stephen Cecchetti (Brandeis & NBER), Giovanni Dell’Ariccia (IMF), Jean-Sébastien Fontaine (BoC), Galina Hale (FRBSF), Leonardo Gambacorta (BIS), Scott Hendry (BoC), Raju Huidrom (WB), Emanuel Kohlscheen (BIS), Ayhan Kose (WB), Oleksiy Kryvtsov (BoC), Sylvain Leduc (BoC), John Rogers (FRB), Georg Strasser (ECB), and Jing Yang (BoC).


Program CEBRA Annual Meeting 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

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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.

Call: CEBRA’s Sessions at WEAI, San Diego, June 25-29, 2017

On June 25-29, 2017 CEBRA is organizing four sessions at the 2017 annual meeting of the Western Economic Association International in San Diego.

Paper submissions should be sent to by 22.01.2017. Decisions will be made by 31.01.2017.

Also, CEBRA is inviting its members and its member central banks to submit further complete sessions. We need to negotiate additional sessions with WEAI, so we are asking potential session submitters to be in touch asap. Please contact, Anthony Landry ( and Martin Berka ( if you want to submit a complete session.

For information about the meeting, please consult



Title: The Future of Unconventional Monetary Policies

Organizer: Pau Rabanal, IMF

Participating: Pau Rabanal and Anthony Landry

Short Description: During the Global Financial Crisis, central banks in most advanced economies deployed new instruments, commonly known as unconventional monetary policies (UMP), once policy rates hit their effective lower bound. A key question going forward is whether these policies should be part of the central bank’s toolkit, or if they should only be deployed in a financial crisis. This session will seek contributions on the following questions: Should unconventional monetary policies still be deployed when interest rates and economic conditions normalize? What should be the optimal size of the central bank’s balance sheet? What should be the optimal policy mix between conventional and unconventional monetary policies, and other government policies such as fiscal, macroprudential and structural policies?


Title: Applied Macroeconomics and Time Series Econometrics

Organizer: Tatsuma Wada, Keio University

Participating: Tatsuma Wada and Martin Berka

Short Description: Time Series Econometrics has been a powerful tool for macroeconomic analysis. Recent developments such as non-linearity, structural breaks, and time-varying parameters are shown to be useful for some cases. But there are some problems yet to be overcome in these models: low (if any) forecasting power, intricacy in computing, and difficulties in model comparisons. This session looks forward to new ideas in macroeconomic modeling and time series econometrics.


Session title: The effects and transmission of monetary policy.

Organizers: Sami Alpanda (University of Central Florida) and Julien Champagne (Bank of Canada).

Participating: Julien Champagne and Johannes Wieland.

Short description: The pace of recovery following the Great Recession in the U.S. have been rather tepid, despite the significant amount of monetary stimulus provided to the economy. The transmission channels and the effects of monetary policy that are featured in policy models anticipated stronger effects on the real economy. In this session, we would like to showcase new contributions in the literature that focus on the transmission channels and the effects of monetary policy. In particular, contributions would revisit the issues regarding the identification of monetary policy shocks, and explore the possible state-dependent nature of the effects of monetary policy.


Title: Asset markets Linkages: Risks and Spillovers

Organizer: Yu-chin Chen, University of Washington

Participating: Mario Crucini and Yu-chin Chen

Short description: Understanding the interconnection between macro economy and various markets is crucial for risk management and policy design. This session looks to explore, both theoretically and empirically, information and risk-spillover between markets such as equity, bonds, commodity, FX, within and across countries.