Conference on “The Yield Curve and New Developments in Macro-finance: What have we learnt from the 2007-2010 financial crises?”
Cambridge, 1-2 September 2011

Programme (pdf)
Registrations close on 25th July 2011

Monetary policy before, during and after the crisis
Conference at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
29- 30 September 2011

This conference brings together a group of academic and central bank economists to review the issues around monetary policy before (did it contribute to the crisis, if so how?), during (how and how well have the various measures of 'unconventional monetary policy' worked?) and after (how has the experience of the crisis changed the environment for monetary policy in the future? what lessons should be learned?) the crisis, and to produce a set of papers which will be a key reference on the topic for future researchers. The conference is sponsored by the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE) and the Money, Macro & Finance Research Group (MMF).

This is a two-day conference, in which Thursday 29 September is a training day for PhD students and young researchers, while Friday 30 September is the full conference. Everyone is welcome, to attend one or both days, but please register (for one or both days) with Yuka Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Participants from Scotland will be able to claim travel expenses from SIRE, participants from the rest of the UK will be able to claim travel expenses from the MMF.

Further information can be found at

28th GdRE Annual International Symposium on Money, Banking and Finance
23-24 June 2011
University of Reading, UK Keynote speaker: Marvin Goodfriend, Carnegie Mellon University Keynote speaker: Paul De Grauwe, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Round table panel: Re-regulating banking in the UK and the EU Gala Dinner, 23 June, Greenlands Campus, Henley-on-Thames Selected papers: The Review of International Economics
For further information go to:

“Banking and Finance Post-Crisis” 
Conference Announcement 17 June 2011University of Leicester
Institute of Finance, University of Leicester & Money, Macro and Finance Research Group

The University of Leicester, in association with the Money, Macro and Finance Research Group, is delighted to announce a one-day conference to inaugurate the Institute of Finance at the University.  Invited speakers include: Charles Calomiris (Columbia University (USA)), Charles Goodhart (LSE), Alan Morrison (Oxford University) and Peter Rousseau (Vanderbilt University (USA)).
All welcome.  Travel expenses for UK-based academics and PhD students for travel within the UK for the conference on 17th June will be reimbursed in accordance with the MMFRG travel policy.
Prior to the start of the conference, on the afternoon of Thursday 16th June the Institute of Finance is holding a research workshop.  All are welcome to attend, although MMFRG does not reimburse overnight accommodation expenses for participants wishing to take part at both events.     

Further Details

One-Day Conference on 'Household Behaviour, Household Finance, Housing, and Macroeconomics' 
at the University of Nottingham, 
6 May 2011

Organised by the Centre for Finance and Credit and Macroeconomics, Nottingham. If you have further enquiries and to indicate your interest in attending please contact the organiser Christos KoulovatianosThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The conference is organised with the support of the Money, Macro and Finance Research Group and the School of Economics, Nottingham.

Location: Willoughby Hall, Machicado Suite, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD.

Reminder: MMF will refund the reasonable travelling expenses of UK-based academics and PhD students to attend this meeting. In most cases we expect to refund the equivalent of Saver train tickets.

Programme (doc)

MMF Workshop on Empirical Finance: Some Recent Methodological Developments and Applications 
hosted by the Centre for Empirical Finance, Brunel University 
organised by Professor GM Caporale (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
to be held in the Darwin Room, Hamilton Centre, Brunel University, West London on 25 May 2011

10.00 Registration and coffee 
10.30-11.30 Karim Abadir, Imperial College
"Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics? Examples From Finance and Economics" 
11.30-12.30 George Kapetanos, Queen Mary, London
Forecasting financial distress in emerging markets: a dynamic probit
12.30-13.30  Lunch 
13.30-14.30 Walter Distaso, Imperial College
Conditional Alpha and Realized Betas
14.30-15.30 Luis Gil-Alana, University of Pamplona
Fractional Integration and Cointegration in US Financial Time Series Data
15.30-16.00 coffee break
16.00-17.00 Michael Funke, Hamburg University
Off-the-record target zones: Theory with an application to Hong Kong's currency board
17.00-18.00 Carlo Altavilla, University of Naples Parthenope 
Monetary Policy Analysis in Real-Time. Vintage Combination from a Real-Time Dataset
18.30 Dinner

Reminder: MMF will refund the reasonable travelling expenses of UK-based academics and PhD students to attend this meeting. In most cases we expect to refund the equivalent of Saver train tickets.

Scottish Economic Society 
2010 Annual Conference
Monday, April 4th - Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Perth & Castle Menzies, Aberfeldy

Call for papers & proposals for organised sessions

The Society invites submissions of papers for presentation and proposals for dedicated paper sessions at its Annual Conference in Perth. Papers and proposals for organised sessions from all areas of Economics, Economic Policy and Econometrics are invited from academics and practitioners in government, local authority, NDPBs, private sector and charitable organisations. The Society places particular emphasis on the application of economics to policy and there will be invited sessions in separate policy and pedagogy streams. Please see below for submission details and deadlines. Further details will be made available at the society's web site:

Submission of papers & proposals

  1. Abstracts must be submitted electronically via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 14th January 2011. Please use an open file format, such as PDF or LaTeX, for your submission. All abstracts must contain the corresponding author's full address. Contributors will receive e-mail notification as to whether their papers have been accepted by Friday January 28th.
  2. Full papers must be submitted by Friday 4th March 2011 so that they can be included on the Conference CD and in the Conference Book of Abstracts. Full papers should be submitted in PDF format, and should include (i) a brief abstract of 100-200 words and (ii) where relevant, JEL classification numbers.
  3. Cairncross Prize applicants must submit full papers by Friday 14th January 2011 - such that the competition can be decided prior to the conference -, and should indicate that they wish to be considered for the prize in their e-mail.
  4. Proposals for organised sessions should include the title of the proposed session, the name of the chair and a set of three or four abstracts in either PDF, RTF or LaTeX format. Proposals should be submitted via e-mail to the e-mail address above, by Friday 14th January 2010. Full papers for Organised Sessions must be submitted by the session organiser by Friday 4th March 2011.

An outline of conference events

The Sir Alec Cairncross Memorial Dinner will be on Monday.
This will be preceded by a Civic Reception hosted by John Hulbert, Provost of Perth and Kinross Council. At the dinner the Cairncross Prize will be awarded The Conference Dinner will be held on Tuesday at Castle Menzies, Aberfeldy. This will be preceded by a visit to Dewars' World of Whisky. The traditional Economics Network Workshop will take place at Castle Menzies. The 2011 SES President's Lecture will be held by George Alogoskoufis, Professor of Economics at the Athens School of Economics and former Finance Minister of the Government of Greece. The topic for the SES Policy Forum in 2011 will be "Energy and Scotland's Future". In parallel with the Annual Meeting, there will be a workshop of the Health at Work working group, which includes organised sessions open to the public.

Sir Alec Cairncross Prize 
The Scottish Economic Society will award a prize of £1000 for the best paper presented at the 2011 annual conference by an economist currently registered for a PhD or who has successfully completed a PhD within the last five years. Consideration for the prize presupposes conference attendance and society membership.

Support for PhD students 
The Scottish Economic Society will continue its policy of promoting conference participation by young economists and supporting PhD students. Details of the programme as well as the number of places available will announced in December.

Maxwell Fry Financial Sector Development Workshop

Date: Friday 21 January 2011 Time: 11:00 – 15:00 
Venue: University of Birmingham, Birmingham Business School, University House, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham B15 2TT (

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee (Room G13) 
11:30 – 12:15 “Bank Intermediation and Risk Taking in Africa: Does the Protection of Creditor Rights Matter?” presented by Victor Murinde, University of Birmingham
12:15 – 13:00 “The African Credit Trap” presented by Sevtlana Andrianova, University of Leicester
13:00 – 13:30 Lunch (G13) 
13:30 – 14:15 “Why are loan default rates so high in Africa?” presented by Panicos Demetriades, University of Leicester 
14:15 – 15:00 “Do better institutions matter for microfinance profitability? - Evidence from Sub-Sahara Africa” presented by Peter Muriu, University of Birmingham

Please contact Gabrielle Kelly (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to register for this Workshop and also for catering purposes.


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Further information

Further information about membership of the MMFRG can be obtained from the secretary:

MMF Secretary
Fax: 01904 433759

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