IESE hosts European Finance Association Annual Meeting

Some 600 people to attend Aug. 24-27 event, school’s largest academic conference to date

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The 49th Annual Meeting of the European Finance Association takes place Aug. 24-27, 2022, on IESE's Barcelona campus.

July 27, 2022

IESE will host the 49th Annual Meeting of the European Finance Association (EFA) at the end of August, bringing nearly 600 participants to campus to discuss the most crucial issues facing the financial sector, from climate change and artificial intelligence, to inflation and digital currencies.

“The European Finance Association Annual Meeting brings together the highest-level academics as well as policymakers and practitioners of finance. Over three days, we will share new research and insights, discuss and debate different ideas and learn from our experiences,” said Prof. Xavier Vives, who is the EFA program chair.  “It’s an honor for IESE to host this very prestigious event.”

The largest academic conference that IESE has organized and hosted, the EFA annual meeting will feature 72 parallel sessions in which research papers will be presented. More than 1,900 papers were received for consideration, requiring the involvement of 790 reviewers. The event kicks off on Aug. 24 with doctoral tutorials and workshops for PhD students in finance. It finishes Aug. 27.

Seven IESE professors – Mireia Giné, Valentina Raponi, Nuno Fernandes, Carles Vergara, Christian Eufinger, Gaizka Ormazabal and Stefano Sacchetto – will serve as session chairs, and Prof. Giné will also present a paper during the event.

Other noteworthy features:

  • Five special sessions by the European Central Bank, Bank of Spain, Bank for International Settlements, Catalana Occidente Insurance Group and Norges Bank Investment Management.
  • A keynote address by Prof. Laura Veldkamp of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business on valuing data and data-intensive firms.
  • A plenary panel on the financial consequences of the war in Ukraine, featuring Elena Carletti of Bocconi University, Princeton’s Harold James, Lucrezia Reichlin of London Business School and Nicolas Véron of the Peterson Institute for International Economics & Bruegel. Prof. Vives will serve as moderator.
  • A Women in Finance networking breakfast, aimed at supporting diversity in the field.
  • A Prize Ceremony, which will give seven prizes, in categories from the best paper in responsible finance to work done by young researchers.

The annual EFA meetings are hosted by a different university each year. The previous two years – hosted by Italy’s Bocconi University and Aalto University School of Business of Finland — have been virtual, so the 2022 conference also marks the return to in-person meeting.

Organization of the event has been spearheaded by IESE’s Banking Initiative,  which produces yearly reports on the future of banking, written by leading global experts in the field. The reports, published by the Centre for Economic Policy Research, are available for download.