Submissions sought for Dec. 2-3 bank research conference

With a flicker of hope that it could be a “physical” event (that is, one in which people gather together in one place), the 20th Annual Bank Research Conference, scheduled for Dec. 2-3, announced Wednesday it was accepting submissions.

The event, sponsored by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) and the Journal of Financial Services Research (JFSR), is seeking theoretical and empirical papers on issues related to the performance and regulation of the financial sector on a wide variety of topics, including 13 listed in the release from the FDIC. Among the topics listed: deposit insurance, banking and the COVID-19 pandemic, risk measurement and management, and capital and liquidity requirements.

Deadline for papers is June 28; those whose papers are selected for presentation will be notified in September.

“Due to the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will only be held physically if it can be done safely,” the agency said. “The event may be held virtually or as a hybrid to accommodate participation, as necessary.”

The FDIC said papers will be selected for presentation based on reviews by a group of agency economists and the conference’s organizing committee. Final selections will be made by a committee consisting of associate editors of JFSR and external reviewers. Selected papers may also be invited for submission to the JFSR for a special conference issue.

Expenses for travel, food, and lodging will be reimbursed for paper presenters, the agency said.

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