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33rd SUERF Colloquium and Bank of Finland Conference, Helsinki on 14–15 September 2017: Shadow Banking: Financial Intermediation beyond Banks. 
Shadow banking is a broad concept. A possible definition is that is comprises non-bank institutions which do bank-like activities. Another characteristic, which the word “shadow” refers to, is that the sector is less regulated. Shadow banks can increase competition and spur innovation in the financial sector. The benefits could come in the form of i) improving efficiency and quality of financial services, and ii) offering better returns and risk diversification opportunities, especially for institutional investors and wealthy individuals. Markets may also become more liquid. On the downside, opacity and risks may increase. The lack of regulation implies that it is difficult to monitor and prevent the build-up of leverage and concentrated risks in the shadow banking sector. Hence, the sector can be a source of systemic risks. Further, traditional banks may utilize the shadow banking sector for regulatory arbitrage. Hence, a big question is whether regulation should be extended to the shadow banking sector, to make it come “out of the shadows”. Will new regulatory loopholes between banks and non-banks develop? Will risks simply pile up in the shadow banking sector now that banks are more heavily regulated? Or will market discipline suffice to do the job of regulation in this sector? Or is the growth of shadow banking this time more about FinTech; the provision of financial services making use of technological innovations. What are the fundamental problems of financial frictions they might have solved differently? Are new digital technologies key to finding solutions to the traditional financing frictions? Or are we experiencing just another boom in novel-looking financial services which ultimately share similar – or even additional - problems and risks compared to traditional banks?
We welcome papers on the above mentioned topics, and contributions on the following, non-exhaustive list:
- What are the roles in the realm of shadow banking of different types of institutions, such as insurers, pension funds, plain vanilla mutual funds, ETFs, hedge funds, and real estate funds?
- There have been recent performance problems in hedge funds, pension funds, and life insurers. What strategies for survival and adaptation do they have? Is the business model of hedge funds: sophistication, high fees, and active management still viable?
- What are the systemic risks created by the shadow banking sector? How should regulators and supervisors respond?
Papers selected via this call will be presented in a poster session. Interested authors are kindly invited to submit their abstract/papers to Ms. Popovic at by 30 April, 2017. The full call can be found here


5th Workshop in Macro Banking and Finance, September 14-15, 2017, Department of Economics and Finance, Complexity Lab in Economics, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy.
This workshop (sponsored by UniCredit & Universities Foundation and the Complexity Lab in Economics), continues the sequence of the four previous editions and  aims at establishing a tradition of a yearly workshop among macro-monetary, banking and finance economists. The final goal is to promote synergies, foster interaction and the development of joint research projects between researchers and institutions. Participation by young researchers and Ph.D students close to thesis completion is particularly encouraged. 
Keynote speakers: Cars Hommes (University of Amsterdam); Gianluca Violante (New York University); Tao Zha (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta).
Submissions should be sent to: by June 15, 2017.


CIRET/KOF/WIFO Workshop with a special focus on Economic tendency surveys and financing conditions, Vienna, October 13-14, 2017
The financial crisis and the European debt crisis in the euro have increased the interest in the early detection of financial constraints, as credit crunches affect investment decisions of firms and saving decisions of households. Economic tendency surveys and surveys in general are one instrument to measure financial conditions and the threat of financial crises in a timely manner. Submissions on these and other topics broadly related to this special focus theme or to Economic Surveys (and thereby the aims of CIRET in general) are welcomed.
The deadline for paper submissions is June 15, 2017. Submissions have to be addressed in MS Word or PDF format to Authors will be notified in July as to whether their paper has been accepted for presentation at the workshop.
The workshop will take place at Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO), Vienna, Austria (Arsenal Objekt 20). The registration fee for the workshop will be € 100.00. A dinner, two lunches and coffee breaks are included.
Participants will be invited to make their own arrangements regarding their accommodation. Further information on this workshop will be made available on Questions regarding scientific content or organizational aspect are to be addressed to


(Introduction to) Practical CGE Modelling: Online Course, October 31 to December 10 2017
The target audiences for this course are model users, potential model developers, and commissioners of policy studies seeking to develop a basic understanding of CGE models. On completing the course graduates should be able to use simple single country CGE models (in GAMS) to run and interpret ‘standard’ policy experiments.
The course uses simple closed economy and open economy models. The 6 modules cover theory, techniques, policy experiments and interpretation and conclude with a project. Each module requires the participants to submit an assignment; this allows the tutor to monitor progress and understanding. There are also two open source modules about GAMS and Social Accounting Matrices that need completing before starting the online course.
The course is designed to take participants between 60 and 90 hours for 5 weeks. A ‘short’ version, over 2 weeks, is available. Both versions allow for 1 week of ‘slippage’.
Course Fees
Developed country: Professional - £900; Student - £600
Developing country: Professional - £750; Student - £450; Scholarship - £100
Details and registration here. Further information: Yontem Sonmez


2017 Annual Workshop on Search & Matching Models in Macroeconomics, November 13 - 15, 2017 in Santiago, Chile
The research group at SMAUG (Search and Matching, Assets, Unemployment, and Governance) invites academics to submit their papers for the 2017 Annual Workshop on Search & Matching Models in Macroeconomics (SM3). Every year, the workshop brings together academics from all over the world to discuss new work in the field of Macroeconomics, with a special focus on Search and Matching Models. This year’s participation list includes professors Guido Menzio (U. Penn), Thepthida Sopresauth (Cergy-Pontoise) and Cyril Monnet (Bern), among others.
We welcome theoretical, empirical, and mixed contributions in a variety of topics, including, but not limited to, labor, monetary, financial, housing, product, and marriage markets. To be considered for inclusion in the program, please submit a copy of your completed work (in PDF format) to no later than September 15th, 2017. Preliminary papers will be considered but abstracts will not.
Authors of accepted papers will be notified by October 5th, 2017. Partial or full funding for travel expenses will be available subject to budgetary constraints. Earlier notification is possible depending on individual needs.
For further information, please visit here


2018 Annual Conference of the Royal Economic Society, Monday 26 March to Wednesday 28 March 2018, University of Sussex
Papers must be submitted by 8 October 2017 (midnight, GMT) via Conference Maker.
Special Sessions: Proposals for special sessions must be sent by 29 October 2017 to the Programme Chair ( and should comprise a short description of the proposed session, names of contributors (typically three/four), paper titles and indicative session costs.
Notification of acceptance will be by the end of December 2017. Online registration will open in January 2018 and the deadline for early bird registration will be 8th February.
Conference Website and contact e-mail:


SGF Conference 2018, April 6, 2018, SIX ConventionPoint, Zurich
We would like to invite both academics and practitioners to submit papers on all topic areas of financial market research. Papers must be in English. For online paper submission please visit our website When submitting a paper to the conference, you may also choose to directly submit to the journal “Financial Markets and Portfolio Management (FMPM)”.
Submission Deadline: October 31, 2017, 24.00 CET
Registration for Participation
There is no deadline for registration. The conference fee is 200 CHF. PhD students can be granted a reduced fee of 120 CHF. In case you have not registered for conference participation by April 5, 2018, the walk-in rate amounts to 250 CHF. Furthermore, there will be a pre-conference dinner in Zurich on April 5, 2018. The fee for this dinner amounts to 120 CHF. For registration, please refer to our website
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