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A list of virtual conferences to learn about cool economics things without having to jump into a seething mass of plague vectors.

Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) (online training)

The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) will hold its next Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) on September 21-25, with sessions taking place 8–11:30 am PT (GMT-7) daily.

RT2 provides participants with an overview of tools and practices for transparent and reproducible social science research. The program is developed and delivered by leading academic researchers from across the social sciences and will provide participants with opportunities for collaborative work and skills-building. Participants will be able to exchange feedback and receive support from instructors through daily online discussion forums. Following the training, BITSS will also facilitate RT2 “office hours,” where participants will be able to meet individually with instructors and receive guidance on their own research questions and ideas.

Agenda: Available here

Tuition Fee and Assistance: $300 for participants affiliated with academic and non-profit institutions, and $600 for participants affiliated with for-profit, governmental, and other types of institutions. BITSS aims to select around 50 participants and offers tuition fee waivers for up to 40 participants.

Application: Available here**.

Timeline: Sunday, 11:59 pm PT August 16 for applicants who want to be considered for tuition fee waiver, and Sunday, 11:59 pm PT September 6, 2020 for self-funded participants.

The Frontier of Economics + Computer Science - UBC-HKU Summer Theory Conference

The UBC-HKU Summer Theory Conference is an annual event that alternates between Vancouver (University of British Columbia) and Hong Kong (University of Hong Kong). This year’s conference will be held virtually.

Dates: July 21st and 22nd 2020

Time: 8am-2pm PDT / 11am-5pm EDT

Program and other details: Available here

Registration: Coming soon!

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Canadian Economic Theory Conference 2020

This year’s conference is organized by the University of British Columbia.

Dates: May 8th-9th 2020

Time: 7am to 5:20pm PST

Program and instructions: Available here.

Access: Open to the public.

Registration: Please register here.

Organizing committee:

  1. Michael Peters
  2. Sergei Severinov
  3. Li Hao
  4. Li Wei
  5. Vitor Farinha Luz
  6. Shunya Noda

Virtual Finance & Economics Conference 2020

A fully remote conference for researchers in economics and finance. Contributions that highlight our changing times are welcomed.

Submission deadline: March 25th, 2020

Conference date: April 17th, 2020

Event location: Zoom

Program chair: Arpit Gupta, NYU. @arpitrage

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Date: Friday May 15, 2020

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Submissions are invited for the seventh annual Washington DC Industrial Organization Conference to be held via Zoom on Friday May 15, 2020. The conference seeks papers dealing with theoretical, policy or empirical topics related to Industrial Organization, broadly defined. A program committee will select papers and discussants.

Please submit .pdf copies of papers to by March 31st, 2020. Selected authors will be notified in April.

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HEC Paris Spring Finance Conference

Date: April 23rd, 2020

Registration: Register here

Session 1: Asset Pricing
Chair: Irina Zviadadze (HEC Paris)
10:00 am Micro Uncertainty and Asset Prices
Bernard Herskovic (UCLA), Thilo Kind (LBS), Howard Kung (LBS)
Discussant: Max Croce (Bocconi)
10:40 am Climate Regulation and Emissions Abatement: Theory and Evidence from Firms’ Disclosures
Tarun Ramadorai (Imperial), Federica Zeni (Imperial)
Discussant: Zacharias Sautner (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management)
11:20 am More Risk, More Information: How Passive Ownership Can Improve Informational Efficiency
Adrian Buss (INSEAD), Savitar Sundaresan (Imperial)
Discussant: Alexander Guembel (Toulouse School of Economics)
12:00 pm Break
Session 2: Corporate Finance
Chair: Johan Hombert (HEC Paris)
2:00 pm Firm Uncertainty and Household Spending
Ivan Alfaro (BI), Hoonsuk Park (NTU)
Discussant: Sylvain Catherine (Wharton)
2:40 pm Forced Entrepreneurs
Isaac Hacamo (Indiana), Kristoph Kleiner (Indiana)
Discussant: Hans Hvide (University of Bergen)
3:20 pm Trade Shocks and Credit Reallocation
Stefano Federico (Bank of Italy), Fadi Hassan (Bank of Italy), Veronica Rappoport (LSE)
Discussant: Melina Papoutsi (ECB)
4:00 pm Adjourn