The Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) at Essex Business School and the Laboratory of Bank, Business, Finance and Ethics (BifeLab) are jointly organising the seventh edition of the EFiC Conference in Banking and Corporate Finance that will take place in person on 6-7 July 2023 in Gaeta, Italy.

The objective of the Conference is to bring together leading academics, practitioners and policymakers and give them the opportunity to present state-of-the-art research in the broad areas of banking and corporate finance.
The Conference will feature a keynote speech and a ‘Meet the Editors’ session. It will also include a dedicated PhD session to give research students the opportunity to present their work and receive developmental feedback from expert PhD mentors.
We solicit papers in the following areas, in alphabetic order, but other related areas may also be considered:
• Alternative finance

• Entrepreneurial finance

• Banking and financial services

• Fintech and financial innovation

• Behavioural finance

• Green finance

• Big data applied to banking and finance

• International finance

• Corporate finance

• Monetary policy and central banking

• Corporate governance

• Political economy of central banking

• Digital finance

• Portfolio and risk management

• Diversity and women in finance

• Rethinking of financial regulation and supervision

• Financial crisis and resolution

• SMEs financing

This year’s keynote speaker is Professor Viral V. Acharya (New York University Stern School of Business). The Conference will also feature a special “Meet the Editors” session and a dedicated PhD session.

Special issues

The Conference will include special issues with the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development (JSBED), Research in International Business and Finance (RIBAF), and the Review of Corporate Finance (RCF).

The special issue of the JSBED will be themed “Digital Entrepreneurial Finance and New Approaches to Venture Financing”. The special issue of RIBAF will be themed “Access to Finance and Fintech”.

The special issue of the RCF will be themed “International Corporate Finance and Governance”.

Participation in the Conference will not be mandatory for submissions to the special issues.

The Organising Committee, in liaison with the Editor-in-chief of Bancaria, the scientific Journal of the Italian Banking Association, will select high quality papers from the Conference to be considered for a special Fast Track. These papers will then go through a blind review process.

For further details please see the call for papers at the conference web page.

Link Conference web page: Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) 2023 Conference in Banking and Corporate Finance | University of Essex

Important dates

Submission deadline             Sunday 30 April 2023

Acceptance notification        Monday 15 May 2023

Accommodation booking     Wednesday 31 May 2023

Registration deadline            Monday 12 June 2023

Conference dates                  Thursday 6 July – Friday 7 July 2023