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Call For Papers
Inflation: Drivers and Dynamics 2018

May 17-18, 2018, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland will host its 3rd research conference dedicated to inflation on May 17-18, 2018, in Cleveland. The conference will bring together top researchers from academia, central banks, and other policy institutions to present research findings related to inflation.

TOPICS: Some of the topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Inflation dynamics and monetary policy
- Determinants of inflation expectations and their relationship with observed inflation
- Input costs and their role in inflation dynamics
- Micro-level price dynamics and implications for aggregate inflation
- Inflation forecasting

The conference's invited participants include Klaus Adam, Stephanie Schmitt-Grohe, and Joseph Vavra. Each paper on the program will have an assigned discussant.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Authors interested in presenting research related to inflation at this conference should submit a PDF of their paper to inflation.conference@clev.frb.org. The deadline for submissions is January 12, 2018. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by January 31, 2018. The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland will pay reasonable travel and accommodation expenses for authors of accepted papers and for discussants.

Please feel free to circulate this call for papers to your colleagues.

Todd Clark
Ed Knotek


International Journal of Central Banking Call For Papers
Ten Years after the Global Financial Crisis: What Have We Learned about Ensuring Financial Stability?

June 25-26, 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Announcing the Annual International Journal of Central Banking Research Conference Hosted by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

OVERVIEW: The International Journal of Central Banking (IJCB) is organizing its 2018 annual conference, "Ten Years after the Global Financial Crisis: What Have We Learned about Ensuring Financial Stability?" The conference will be hosted by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on June 25-26, 2018, and is being organized by Tobias Adrian, Harrison Hong, Luc Laeven, and Loretta Mester.

Six to eight papers will be selected for presentation from among those submitted in response to this announcement. In contrast to previous years, there is no obligation for a paper submitted to the conference to be submitted to the IJCB. But, if at the time of submission to the conference, the authors indicate they would like their paper to be considered for publication in the IJCB, the submission will receive an expedited review process at the journal. (Note, as is standard practice, any paper submitted to the journal cannot be under review at another journal.)
June 25-26, 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

This conference aims to bring together leading economists from central banks, academia, and other research institutions to consider what we have learned in the ten years since the onset of the global financial crisis about ensuring financial stability, what open questions remain, and what policy lessons can be drawn.

TOPICS: We seek both empirical and theoretical policy-relevant papers. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:
- Evidence on whether changes to financial regulation and supervision have yielded a more resilient global financial system
- Frameworks for assessing and monitoring financial resilience and systemic risk
- The role of market discipline vs. regulation
- Interactions between liquidity and capital regulation
- Regulatory arbitrage across market segments and across countries
- Changes in underlying financial market structure as a result of policy actions taken to address the financial crisis and the Great Recession
- Corporate governance of financial institutions
- Financial resilience measurement and assessment
- Interactions between monetary policy, macroprudential policy, and microprudential policy
- Effectiveness of macroprudential policy and tools
- Evidence on "search for yield" behavior
- The governance of monetary policy and financial stability policy
- Trade-offs between financial resiliency and economic growth

- Complete manuscripts (not abstracts) in PDF format should be submitted using our online submission website at: https://editorialexpress.com/cgi-bin/conference/conference.cgi?action=login&db_name=IJCB2018
- Submitted papers must be received by December 15, 2017
- Authors must indicate (in the comment field when submitting online) whether they would like their paper to be considered for submission to the IJCB in addition to the conference. Authors submitting to the conference and to the IJCB must confirm that their submitted paper is not under review at another journal

The author(s) of each accepted paper will be notified by February 28, 2018. Presenters and discussants without access to their own funding will have reasonable travel and hotel expenses reimbursed.

FURTHER INFORMATION: If you have any questions, please contact Terri Bialowas at Theresa.Bialowas@clev.frb.org


Call For Papers
Jobs in Asia: How Technology is Shaping Asia's Quest for Good Jobs

29 November 2017, Manila

The Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will hold a workshop, Jobs in Asia: How Technology is Shaping Asia's Quest for Good Jobs, focusing on how new technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) are affecting employment, wages and other labor market outcomes in developing countries, especially those in the Asia-Pacific region. The workshop will inform a study on jobs and technology linkages that will be published in the 2018 Asian Development Outlook, an annual flagship publication of ADB.

TOPICS: We invite submissions of unpublished papers that examine the empirical or theoretical links between labor-saving technology and jobs. Papers in applied empirical economics, business, and related fields (e.g., labor economics, industrial organization, marketing, business economics, innovation studies, international economics, development economics, and country studies) using micro data or macro data as well as country and/or sector cases, and covering the following types of issues are especially relevant:
- Effect of labor saving technology on labor market outcomes (employment, occupation, wages)
- Impact of new technology on workers by skill-levels
- The effects of automation and robotics on employment and/or wages of less-skilled workers
- Job creation effects of new technology in manufacturing and services sectors and/or sub-sectors
- The effect of AI on service sector (e.g. business process outsourcing, knowledge process outsourcing, finance, health)
- Technology and global supply chains: what is the employment effect?
- The skill set for the jobs of the future

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Interested authors should submit a draft paper or a two-page proposal by 31 October 2017 to Ms. Elisabetta Gentile (egentile@adb.org) with "ADO2018_Submission_[your last name]" in the email's subject line. The proposal should include the title of the paper, author(s), affiliation, and contact information, and should address the main question(s) to be examined, relevant literature, unique contribution to the literature, and methodology to be employed.

Proposals will be evaluated in terms of originality, analytical rigor, and policy relevance in the Asian context. Authors of accepted proposals will be contacted by 10 November 2017. ADB will cover registration, flight and hotel costs for one presenter of every accepted paper.


Call For Papers
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth Eleventh Annual Conference on Innovation Economics

Matthew L. Spitzer, Director
Daniel F. Spulber, Research Director

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Friday, June 22, 2018, Chicago, IL

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is issuing a call for original research papers to be presented at the Eleventh Annual Conference on Innovation Economics. The conference will be held at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago, IL. The conference will run from approximately 9:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 21, 2018 to 3:00 P.M. on Friday, June 22, 2018.

The USPTO intends to co-sponsor this conference in conjunction with the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth.

The conference is organized by Daniel F. Spulber. The papers for this conference will be selected by a scientific committee that includes Justus Baron and Pere Arque-Castells.

The goal of this conference is to provide a forum where economists and legal scholars can gather together with Northwestern's own distinguished faculty to present and discuss high-quality research relevant to intellectual property (IP), technology standards, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

For information on previous conferences please see: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/faculty/programs/searlecenter/events/innovation

The conference welcomes both empirical and theoretical economic and legal analysis. This interdisciplinary conference will be composed of presentations by researchers in economics and law, and there will be discussants for the papers. In addition, the conference will draw audiences of academics in economics, law, and business, as well as legal and business practitioners, government officials, and public policy makers.

TOPICS: Topics of interest include:
- Antitrust and Intellectual Property (IP)
- Technology Standards
- Standard Setting Organizations
- Standard Essential Patents
- Innovation and Economic Growth
- Patent Licensing and Technology Transfers
- Incentives for Invention and R&D
- Incentives for Innovation
- Entrepreneurship
- Financing Invention and Innovation
- Venture Capital
- International Innovation
- Intellectual Property (IP) Rights and Public Policy

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Please note the following:
- Complete papers for the conference should be submitted to the following email address: searlecenter@law.northwestern.edu
- Abstracts, incomplete papers, or proposals will not be accepted. The papers should not be either published or forthcoming.
- The submitting author should be the one who intends to present the paper here in Chicago.
- Authors of each accepted paper will receive an allotted speaker fee of $1,500 per paper, regardless of the number of authors. If more than one author attends the conference, the honorarium or travel reimbursement can be divided equally between the attending authors.
- Due to potential funding sources for this event, the Searle Center reserves the right to structure the payment as either a speaker fee or a travel expense reimbursement up to the agreed upon amount.
- The Searle Center will also reserve and pay for hotel accommodations for attending authors and discussants for the nights of Wednesday, June 20, 2018 and Thursday, June 21, 2018. Authors are expected to attend and participate in the full duration of the conference.

Conference Papers Submission Deadline: Papers for the conference should be submitted to the following email address: searlecenter@law.northwestern.edu by February 5, 2018.
Notification Deadline: Authors will be notified of decisions on or around March 21, 2018.

Papers prepared for the conference will be permanently hosted on the Searle Center website: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/searlecenter

Independent of the conference, the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy (JEMS) continues to publish high-quality work in the area of innovation economics. JEMS welcomes both empirical and theoretical contributions. Submissions to JEMS are subject to the standard peer-review process. To submit a manuscript to JEMS, visit ScholarOne at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jems. To learn more, visit the journal website: http://editjems.org. If you have any questions about JEMS, contact the journal editorial assistant by e-mail: Elterman, Karenkelterman@hbs.edu

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law was established in 2006 to research how government regulation and interpretation of laws and regulations by the courts affect business and economic growth. Information on the Searle Center's activities may be found at: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/searlecenter


Call for Proposals
The Think Forward Initiative Research Challenge

Are you interested in joining an initiative committed to using research insights to make impact? Becoming part of a movement aimed at helping people make better financial decisions? If so, then this call for research proposals is for you.

WHAT: The Think Forward Initiative (TFI) is a multi-year movement bringing together experts representing governments, academics, consumers, and the financial and technology sectors. It revolves around identifying and resolving gaps in our understanding of decision-making, and then turning those insights into actual tools that will help people.

To be most effective, TFI is set up with a research hub that will "discover" issues, an accelerator that will use innovation to "solve" them and a community to support the process and share the solution.

We are now launching TFI's research challenges, where we'll award funding to research projects selected to deliver insights to be used in impact-driven innovation.

We conduct research and develop solutions in three areas: daily financial affairs, finance for the future, and financial literacy. You can find what TFI research teams have been up to by visiting the research section of our website (http://www.thinkforwardinitiative.com). We have two research tracks, one long-term and one for our quick-output research challenges.

PROCESS: Most of the time, researchers and academics present their ideas to other researchers. The TFI research challenge presents researchers with a set of problems and invites them to suggest how these can be solved.

Through the TFI accelerator, insights from the research challenge will be built into a proof of concept or validated by deeper research with consumers in a market setting. Authors of work completed in the research challenge and then adopted by an accelerator team may be invited to join that team. This opens the possibility of researchers helping bring their ideas to market.

All completed research from the TFI research challenge will become part of TFI's online collection of research. Your work will be read by the TFI network and beyond, freely accessible for all. We hope that people from a diverse range of organisations will use the unique TFI research to empower people in their financial decision-making.

Once the application period closes, a selection group consisting of the TFI Research and Innovation Board will discuss the feasibility of proposed projects in answering the challenge at hand, as well as the potential for solutions to be developed based on the research.

THE CHALLENGES: In our first research challenge we are sourcing proposals in three realms of inquiry:

Research challenge 1: Non cash payments - money relationships
Increasing use of non-cash payments changes people's relationship with money. Does this improve or impair people's ability to manage their financial future?

Challenge: Does the form of money change financial opportunities for people? Many people already use contactless payment systems rather than cash. Payments using mobile phones are becoming more common and voice activated payments are technically possible using existing technology (e.g. Amazon Alexa and Google Home). Will increasing adoption of non-cash payments improve access to loans for low income groups because information on their spending and income patterns can be understood more easily? Will people be more in charge of their finances or not?

Research challenge 2: Social warnings - links to consumer trust
Information from social media and other sources of information can be used to warn people of financial behaviour that carries a higher than usual risk to their financial wellbeing.

Challenge: Would this work? What are the ethical problems involved in using data / behaviour in this way? How could such information be mis-used by banks and other institutions? If a solution were to come from this research, would consumers trust it? What are the factors which influence consumer trust?

Research challenge 3: Financial vulnerability assessment
Can people see their own predisposed vulnerability in financial decision making? Can people readily identify or measure their capability to take risk? How financial risk is defined, can be subjective. Are there accurate ways to measure attitudes to financials that can be understood by and made useful for individuals? What are ways to empower people to assess their own risk tolerance and to find the most suitable financial products for them?

Challenge: Are some groups more vulnerable to taking risk? Would helping people have a better understanding of how much personal financial risk they have actually change their behaviour? Is there evidence that people who actively avoid financial risk damage their financial future, for example by being unwilling to invest using equities rather than bonds or leaving money in bank accounts? And the opposite - are three those who take too much financial risk?

* The TFI is open to wildcard submissions. Is there a realm of inquiry not mentioned that you believe has potential for impact? Please submit your proposal as a wildcard, clearly indicating so.

REQUIREMENTS: Research applications are due Monday, 6 November. Candidates will be contacted by 20 November about the status of their application. Please see the specific requirements of proposals in the following application form on the website. Research should be designed in such a manner than it can be completed in three months.

If awarded research funding from TFI, we would be eager to explore with you how you could update the TFI community on the status of your research mid-project - between November and January, and at completion in the form of a blog post or vlog.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If you have any enquiries about the aim or the application procedure, please contact Stefan van Woelderen by email at stefan.van.woelderen@ing.com, or Ian Bright at ian.bright@ing.com

If interested to apply, please complete the attached grant application form (link) by 6 November, 2017 and submit it to 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE LINK: http://a57a1cd126c772e3f65c-b8e01d380645fda9dfa9d12a21c5e59a.r46.cf3.rackcdn.com/downloads/Research-Proposal-Application-Form.pdf


Call For Papers
"Optimal Provision of Regional Public Goods in Asia and the Pacific: Implications for Supporting Sustainable Development"

14-15 November 2017, Manila, Philippines

The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department is organizing a one-day international conference to be held at the ADB, Manila, Philippines on 14-15 November 2017.

Globalization and the increased flows of goods, services, and factors of production across borders brought new challenges such as dealing with cross-border infrastructure, clean energy, environment, natural disaster response, communicable diseases, and governance in Asia and the Pacific. Tackling these cross-border challenges, the region has been benefitted from deepening regional cooperation and integration through promoting regional public goods (RPGs). The concept of RPGs draws on the rationale that regional economies share common challenges for development, which can be addressed more effectively and efficiently at a regional level through collective action and cooperation. For example, regionally shared infrastructure, power, water, and health care are essential for development but may not be adequately provided by national governments, given the nature of substantial cross-border externalities. The role of RPGs is also crucial in achieving sustainable and inclusive growth. RPGs generate economies of scale and have the potential to benefit economies involved with increased trade or investment as well as stable financial flows. Well-established RPGs can help attract private and public investment to the region as a whole.

TOPICS: Amid the increasing importance of RPGs, there is growing demand for comprehensive studies on RPG provision and institutional arrangements that can be delivered in the region. This conference will gather leading academics, policymakers, and international organizations to discuss the theory, practice, and policy implications of RPGs provision. The topics of discussion include the following subtopics, but not limited to:

1) Optimal levels of RPG provision: Conceptual Framework and Empirical Approaches
- What is the role of RPGs in promoting inclusive growth and sustainable development? How do we ensure that RPGs are provided adequately?
- What is the optimum level of RPG provision? What are the determining factors? How can it be measured (e.g. a (computable) general / partial equilibrium model or a regression model)?
- What is the RPG gap between the optimal level and the current level of RPG provision in Asia and the Pacific?

2) Benefits and costs of RPGs: Evidence and Implications
- What are the determining factors in allocating benefits and costs of RPGs across countries?
- Case studies of benefits and costs of RPGs and implications/lessons in areas including cross-border infrastructure, trade and investment, climate change, air pollution, natural disasters, and the control of infectious health epidemics.

3) Towards sustainable development through promoting RPGs: Lessons and Policy Options
- What policy measures and tools can be suggested at national and regional levels to facilitate adequate level of RPG provision to contribute to sustainable development? What is the role of RPG in promoting regional cooperation and integration in Asia and the Pacific?
- Roles of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and their policy considerations, including operational and institutional approaches, in addressing issues of RPGs such as underprovisioning.

The Selection Committee for the conference program consists of senior researchers of the ADB. Submitted papers will go through a blind process of review. Authors who wish to send their research papers to the conference should send two versions of their papers in pdf format (one version of the paper should not have the names and affiliations of the authors). The first page of the paper should only contain the abstract.

Deadline for submission of draft papers: 20 November 2017
Notification of acceptance: By 31 October 2017
Conference date: 14-15 December, 2017 

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Please send your response to this Call for Papers to:

Kijin Kim (Email: kijinkim@adb.org)
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank


Paulo Halili (Email: phalili@adb.org)
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

All submissions should be forwarded via email with the subject line "ADBrpg_{your last name}_{paper title}". Only selected manuscripts will be notified. For each accepted manuscript, the ADB will cover the cost of one round trip, economy class airfare, hotel accommodation, and daily subsistence allowance for the duration of the conference. Selected papers presented in the conference could be considered for publication in a special issue of the Asian Development Review based on the interest of the author/s.