Eleventh Conference of the ECB-CFS Research Network on "The Market for Retail Financial Services: Development, Integration, and Economic Effects"
Date: 20 - 21 October 2008
Venue: Czech National Bank, Prague
The European Central Bank (ECB), the Center for Financial Studies (CFS), and the Czech National Bank are inviting submission of papers to the 11th conference of the ECB-CFS Research Network on “Capital Markets and Financial Integration in Europe” (see: http://www.eu-financial-system.org).
The objectives of the conference are:
to present state-of-the-art international research on major issues regarding development in the market for retail financial services, its integration across the euro area/European Union, and its role in financial and economic efficiency;
to provide a forum for debate among market participants, policy makers and researchers. Relevant empirical, policy-oriented and theoretical research will be considered.
Zdeněk Tůma (Governor Czech National Bank), Andreas Treichl (CEO Erste Bank), Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell (Executive Board Member European Central Bank), Professor Roman Inderst (University of Frankfurt). A policy panel on issues regarding the further integration of banking supervision chaired by Lucas Papademos (Vice President European Central Bank, TBC) is also planned.
The submission of research papers in the following fields is especially encouraged:
The Evolution of Retail Finance
Trends in retail banking, retail payments (incl. SEPA), mutual fund, insurance, venture capital and start-up financing business in Europe
The mortgage market: Development and stability
Retail finance in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe
Financial Retail Services Integration and Regulation
The role of laws, regulations and their coordination in retail finance in a European context
Language barriers, culture, diversion in consumer protection rules and taxation as obstacles to retail market integration
Cross-border activities in different retail financial services and local information
The Real Effects of Retail Financial Services
Retail finance, consumer credit, and growth
Venture capital, innovation, and industry dynamics, including SME financing
National and community effects of retail banking: unemployment, inequality, and economic development
Submission of papers on other topics falling within the scope of the network, as described in the December 2004 report (see: http://www.eu-financial-system.org/report2004en.pdf), is also welcome. Selected papers will have a discussant and will be placed on the network website.
Travel (economy class round-trip) and accommodation expenses will be covered for academic speakers.
Research papers should be sent electronically (MS Word or pdf versions only) to Sabine Wiedemann at the ECB (see: firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, 20 June 2008. The authors of selected papers will be informed by early July.
The 2nd Symposium of the Network is hosted by the ECB in Frankfurt on 13 and 14 February 2008 addressing all priority areas.