ABFER 9th
Annual Conference

The ABFER 9th Annual Conference will be held as a hybrid event at the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore on 23-26 May 2022.

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Conference Schedule

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration & Welcome (includes coffee/tea)

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

International Macroeconomics, Money & Banking
Corporate Finance
Real Estate and Urban Economics

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Investment Finance
Trade, Growth and Development
Real Estate and Urban Economics

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Registration

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

ABFER Welcome Dinner Keynote Speech
“Technological Disruption of Modern Financial Intermediation”
Prof Amit SERU (Stanford University)

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration & Welcome (includes coffee/tea)

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Investment Finance
International Macroeconomics, Money & Banking
Special Session: Sustainable and Green Finance (Joint with SGFIN)
Trade, Growth and Development

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Academic Luncheon Keynote
“The Status of Capital Market in China and Pending Issues"
Prof Zhiguo HE (University of Chicago)

2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Corporate Finance
Household Finance

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration & Welcome (includes coffee/tea)

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Corporate Finance
Trade, Growth and Development
Real Estate and Urban Economics

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Academic Luncheon Panel (Virtual)
“Population Aging”
Prof Yasuyuki SAWADA (University of Tokyo) &
Prof Yaohui ZHAO (Peking University)
Moderator: Prof Hanming FANG (University of Pennsylvania)

2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Special Session: Enhancing Market Transparency in Green and Transition Finance (Joint with CEBRA) (Virtual)

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration & Welcome (includes coffee/tea)

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Investment Finance
International Macroeconomics, Money & Banking

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Master Class
“Doing Research on Household Sustainability”
Prof Sumit AGARWAL (National University of Singapore)

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Registration

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Joint Dinner for ABFER & AMPF Keynote Speech
“Fed Normalization and the Emerging Markets: Is This Time (Really) Different?”
Prof Viral ACHARYA (New York University)

CONFERENCE ENDS

*All timings are in SG time (GMT +8)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Attendance is by invitation only and is non-transferrable. Only registered participants will be admitted to the conference. The conference is governed by the Chatham House Rule.

In support of global green initiative, there will not be printed conference materials. Presented materials will be linked to the program when they are available.

DISCLAIMER

The opinions and advice expressed in the conference are those of the speakers and will not represent the views and opinions of the organisers or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates.

The information provided in this conference is for general information purposes only as part of a general discussion.

All conference proceedings are intended for limited publication only, and all property rights in the material presented, regarding common-law copyright, are expressly reserved to the speaker or ABFER.

No statement or presentation meeting is to be regarded as dedicated to the public domain. Any sound reproduction, transcript or other use of the material presented at this course without the permission of the speaker or ABFER is prohibited to the full extent of common-law copyright in such material.

SPEAKERS

PROFESSOR AMIT SERU
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PROFESSOR BERNARD YEUNG
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PROFESSOR ZHIGUO HE
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PROFESSOR RANDALL MORCK
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PROFESSOR YASUYUKI SAWADA
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PROFESSOR YAOHUI ZHAO
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PROFESSOR HANMING FANG
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PROFESSOR SUMIT AGARWAL
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PROFESSOR WENLAN QIAN
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PROFESSOR VIRAL ACHARYA
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PROFESSOR ANDREW ROSE
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Topics of Interest
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For the program of International Macroeconomics, Money & Banking, we are interested in a variety of topics, including (but not limited to): central banking, exchange rates, financial crises, financial risk management, foreign direct investment, international capital flows, macroeconomic policy, monetary and fiscal policy, prudential regulation, systemic risk and other international macroeconomics and money & banking topics, particularly those of relevance to Asia.

Program Directors:
Antonio FATAS (INSEAD)
Takeo HOSHI (The University of Tokyo)

Conference Organizers:
Ippei FUJIWARA (Keio University and Australian National University)
Yi HUANG (Fudan University)
Helen POPPER (Santa Clara University)

For the program in Corporate Finance, we are interested in all topics relevant to Asian firms, markets, or regulators - even if Asian data are not used. Past years' presentation have explored behavioral corporate finance, business groups, capital investment, capital structure, comparative corporate finance, corporate governance, dividends, financial development, law and finance, mergers and acquisitions, multinationals, ownership structure, tunneling, corporate innovation, and other areas of research.

Program Directors:
Jun-Koo KANG (Nanyang Technological University)
Randall MORCK (University of Alberta)

Conference Organizers:
Angie LOW (Nanyang Technological University)
Johan SULAEMAN (National University of Singapore)
Alminas ZALDOKAS (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

For the program of Investment Finance, we are interested in a variety of topics, including, but not limited to: asset price fluctuations, asset allocation, behavioral finance, financial market microstructure, market efficiency, portfolio management, market timing, sovereign wealth funds, behavior investment finance, financial technology, and all other investment finance topics relevant to Asia.

Program Directors:
Allaudeen HAMEED (National University of Singapore)
Massimo MASSA (INSEAD)

Conference Organizers:
Roger LOH (Singapore Management University)
Wenlan QIAN (National University of Singapore)
Hong ZHANG (Tsinghua University)

For the program of Trade, Growth and Development, we will consider any paper under this general theme, which is broadly interpreted. For example, interesting papers related to labor, financial markets, and structural transformation in developing countries will also be considered. We welcome both applied theory and empirical papers.

Program Directors:
Ping WANG (Washington University in St. Louis)
Shang-Jin WEI (Columbia University)

Conference Organizers:
Pao-Li CHANG (Singapore Management University)
Davin CHOR (Dartmouth College)
Nancy QIAN (Northwestern University)
Michael SONG (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Heiwai TANG (The University of Hong Kong)

For the Accounting program, we are interested in accounting topics including but not limited to: the determinants and consequences of managers’ corporate financial reporting and disclosure decisions; the role of accounting information within organizations, including compensation; external auditing; the role of accounting in corporate governance; the effect of taxes on management decisions; the role of regulation in accounting and auditing practice. Ideally papers address these issues using data drawn from the Asia Pacific region or having direct relevance for this region.

Program Directors:
Qiang CHENG (Singapore Management University)
Douglas SKINNER (University of Chicago Booth School of Business)

Conference Organizers:
Allen HUANG (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Yupeng LIN (National University of Singapore)

Real Estate is closely intertwined with the disciplines of macro-economics, finance, banking and investment. For the program on Real Estate and Urban Economics , a variety of topics will be considered, which include, but are not limited to: ‘Big data’ in real estate finance, behavioural approaches in real estate, cross-border real estate investments, real estate portfolio management, changing demographics and its impact on real estate finance & investment decisions, housing market and housing affordability, the economics of sustainable living, structure finance and capital market, REIT, real estate risk management, asset price fluctuations and real estate investment management, e-commerce and innovations in the real estate space, etc.

Program Directors:
Yongheng DENG (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Sheridan TITMAN (The University of Texas at Austin)

Conference Organizers:
Stijn VAN NIEUWERBURGH (Columbia University)
Tien Foo SING (National University of Singapore)

Household Finance program encompasses topics on (1) how households make financial decisions relating to the functions of saving, consumption, investment, housing, payment, borrowing and risk management, (2) how organizations provide goods and services to satisfy these financial functions, and (3) how interventions by firms, governments and other parties affect the provision of financial services. The scope of household finance spans multi disciplines, embracing not just finance and economics but also industrial organization, law, psychology and sociology. We welcome both applied and theoretical papers in this area.

Program Directors & Conference Organizers:
Sumit AGARWAL (National University of Singapore)
Amit SERU (Stanford University & Hoover Institution)

Sustainable and Green Finance program encompasses various topics related to how sustainability has become an important issue for companies, investors, financial intermediaries, and capital markets. Climate change and the corresponding regulatory initiatives and frameworks pose serious challenges for commercial operations in many industry sectors, and consequently financial intermediaries and capital markets. Understanding the sustainability of businesses and industries in this dynamic environment is vital for financial entities in order to assess and efficiently price these exposures. Innovations in green finance can also play a role in enhancing the sustainability of commercial operations. The development in sustainable and green finance relies on various disciplines beyond finance and economics, including natural sciences, law, geography, design, engineering, and computing. We welcome both applied and theoretical papers in this area.

Program Directors:
Laura STARKS (The University of Texas at Austin)
Johan SULAEMAN (National University of Singapore & SGFIN)

Conference Organizers:
Hao LIANG (Singapore Management University)
Yu QIN (National University of Singapore)
Weina ZHANG (National University of Singapore & SGFIN)

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