top of page

Call for papers

IFABS 2021 Oxford Conference (ONLINE)

September 13-15, 2021

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (ONLINE)

This year’s IFABS annual conference (ONLINE) is organised in collaboration with the Bank of England, King’s College London, University of Oxford and the University of Nottingham on the overall theme of “Financial system(s) of tomorrow”. 


Keynote Speakers: 

  • Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University

  • Claudia Buch, Vice President, Deutsche Bundesbank

  • Willem Buiter, Visiting Professor, International and Public Affairs, Columbia University


Panel Sessions: 

  • Chair: Gareth Ramsay, Chief Data Officer Bank of England  "Big data in the time of Covid-19: Challenges, successes and lessons for the future"

  • Chair: Ralph De Haas, Director of Research EBRD  "How to empower markets and institutions to enable an orderly transition in the face of climate risk"

    • Panellists: 

      • John Ploeg (PGIM)

      • Imane Bakkar (Bank of England)

      • Sujit Kapadia (European Central Bank)

      • Ben Caldecott (University of Oxford)

Paper Submission​:

We welcome submissions of empirical and theoretical research in all areas of banking, finance and monetary economics. For this year’s conference, we particularly encourage papers on the following topics:

  • Systemic risk and financial market dysfunctionality

  • Central bank policy, including lender and market maker of last resort

  • The implications of Covid-19 on the financial system

  • Causes and implications of the low interest rate environment

  • Developments in financial technology

  • Central bank digital currency

  • Developments in big data and data analytics for finance and central banking

  • Implications of the transition to a low carbon economy for the financial system analytics in central banking and climate change and financial sector.

Submission Details:

The deadline for submission of completed papers (preferably), or very detailed abstracts, is 25 June 2021. Kindly use the ConfTool system to submit your paper at

Special Sessions: 

The Conference Committee welcomes more proposals for special sessions, roundtables, and panels. Please email your proposals to by 25 June, 2021.


Best Paper Awards 

In line with the IFABS tradition, the IFABS Best Paper Award and the IFABS Best Ph.D. Paper  Award for the best research paper and the best Ph.D. paper drawn from the papers presented at the conference will be awarded.

Important Dates:

  • June 25th, 2021: Deadline for paper submissions

  • July 19th, 2021 Notification of acceptance

  • August 2nd, 2021: Deadline for early registration for presenters

  • September 13th-15th 2021: Conference dates (ONLINE)

Conference Chairs: 

  • David Aikman, King's College 

  • Meryem Duygun, University of Nottingham & President, IFABS

  • Eddie Gerba, Bank of England  & LSE

  • Thomas Noe, University of Oxford 

Special Issue:


Publication Opportunities with Journal of Financial Services Research (JFSR)

Selected papers will be invited for submission for a special issue of the JFSR, and submission fees for these papers will be waived. Papers will go through the regular JFSR review process that maintains the JFSR's high-quality publication standards.

Please see the procedure below for the JFSR special issue submission:

  1. The guest editors (Stephen G Cecchetti, Eddie Gerba and David Aikman) will invite papers among the accepted papers after the conference presentations for possible publication in the JFSR Special issue.

  2. The deadline for the invited papers to submit to the JFSR special issue is 15 November 2021

  3. While under consideration by the Conference and the JFSR, a paper may not be submitted to another journal (or the JFSR) until the author has been notified of the outcome.

  4. If an invited paper is subsequently rejected, the paper’s author(s) have the option to submit a future version of their paper to the JFSR without prejudice.

Best Paper Award Committee:

Chair: Professor Ania Zalewska, University of Bath, UK


  • Professor Mariassunta Giannetti, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden

  • Professor Massimo Guidolin, Bocconi University, Italy

  • Professor Matthew Gustafson,  Pennsylvania State University, USA  

  • Professor William Megginson, University of Oklahoma, USA

  • Professor Steven Ongena, University of Zurich, Switzerland 

  • Professor Raghavendra Rau, University of Cambridge, UK

  • Professor Russel Wermers, University of Maryland at College Park, USA

0.IFABS Corporate Finance.jpg
bottom of page