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Australian School of Business > Schools > Banking & Finance > News & events > Australasian Finance & Banking Conference (AFBC) > 26th Australasian Finance & Banking Conference

26th Australasian Finance & Banking Conference


Tuesday 17 December – Thursday 19 December, 2013

PhD Forum – Monday 16 December, 2013

Sydney, Australia


Call for papers

The Australasian Finance and Banking Conference, organised by the Institute of Global Finance and School of Banking & Finance at the Australian School of Business at UNSW, will converge in Sydney in December 2013. This conference provides international academics and industry with the opportunity to meet and share their research and interest in finance related fields. The conference would like to invite all academics and practitioners to participate. The conference is the most prestigious finance conference in the Asia-Pacific region, and brings together the world's foremost leaders of thought from the financial community.




Registration for the 26th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference will open later in the year. Please keep checking back.

PhD forum

As part of the annual Australasian Finance and Banking Conference, UNSW will host a forum for advanced Finance Doctoral Students who are currently working on their dissertation. The one day forum will offer 10 accepted students the unique opportunity to present their papers and have their work discussed by distinguished members of the finance profession. The students will also have the opportunity to receive feedback and comments related to their research work. Throughout the seminar, students will take valuable advice from leading scholars on issues such as career development and discuss recent developments in finance literature with fellow students and faculty members.

When: Monday, 16 December 2013

Where: UNSW 


Airfare and accommodation assistance

There will be airfare and accommodation assistance of AUD $2000 for PhD candidates from Asia, Europe and North America (provided that their papers are accepted to be included into the PhD forum).



Prizes will be awarded for the top three papers presented at the PhD Forum.


  • AUD $1500 will be awarded to the best paper presented at the forum
  • AUD $1000 will be awarded to the second best paper presented at the forum
  • AUD $500 will be awarded to the third best paper presented at the forum


How to submit a paper for the PhD Forum

Authors should follow the normal submission procedure to the conference and ensure they assign their paper to the PhD forum when selecting a topic area. Please also select the relevant topic area/s for your paper. Authors will have their submissions confirmed by separate email once all submissions have been received. If your paper is not selected for this special forum, it will still be under consideration for inclusion in the conference. Submission deadline as per conference.


Having trouble submitting your paper? Click here for detailed instructions on submitting your paper via SSRN.




  • Submission Deadline: Monday 19 August 2013: Submission deadline 
  • Mid-Late September: Review decisions - All papers are subject to a blind referee process to judge their suitability for inclusion in the conference program 
  • Monday 7 October 2013: Early bird registration cut-off - Register before this date for reduced rate
  • Monday 4 November 2013: Registration deadline for accepted authors - Authors who want their paper to be included in the schedule of the conference must have finalised and paid for their registration by this date


Delegates not presenting papers may register until the conference date.





If you wish to submit a paper for consideration to the 26th AFBC or to volunteer as a chairperson, please click on the submission link.


Please note, authors may only present ONE paper at the conference, hence, there is a limit of one paper submission per presenting author.


One submission per person

Only one presentation may be made per person. Authors submitting more than one paper should ensure a co-author is available and willing to present the paper at the conference should it be accepted for presentation.



All papers presented at the conference will be discussed and in turn, all authors accepted for presentation are asked to discuss a paper. A submission to the conference indicates an acceptance of this condition. Your willingness to act as a discussant provides invaluable feedback to another author, whilst your own research will be similarly benefited through the shared opinions and expertise of others.


Conference proceedings

SSRN produces online post conference proceedings that are sent to all FEN subscribers. If you wish to be included in these proceedings, your paper must be available for public view on SSRN. Only papers that are accepted and presented at the AFBC may be included in these proceedings.


Selection Committee

The Chairman of the Selection Committee is Fariborz Moshirian from UNSW.


Members of the Selection Committee included:


  • Renee Adams, University of New South Wales

  • Allen Berger, University of South Carolina

  • Michael Brennan, University of California LA

  • Stijn Claessens, International Monetary Fund

  • J. David Cummins, Temple University

  • Asli Demirguc, Kunt World Bank

  • Robert Faff, University of Queensland

  • Mark Flannery, University of Florida

  • Kenneth French, Dartmouth University

  • Bruce Grundy, University of Melbourne

  • Steven Kaplan, The University of Chicago

  • Andrew Karolyi, Cornell University

  • Larry H. P. Lang, Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Florencio Lopez De Silanes, EDHEC Business School

  • Ike Mathur, Southern Illinois University

  • Ronald Masulis, University of New South Wales

  • Maureen O'Hara, Cornell University

  • Jay Ritter, University of Florida

  • Richard Roll, UCLA

  • Anthony Saunders, New York University

  • Henri Servaes, London Business School

  • Andrei Shleifer, Harvard University

  • Tom Smith, University of Queensland

  • Bruno Solnik, HEC School of Management

  • Avanidhar Subrahmanyam, UCLA

  • Paul Wachtel, New York University

All submitted papers undergo a peer review process before being accepted for presentation at the AFBC. Full papers undergo a blind review process by a selection committee independent of the author. Conference proceedings are via SSRN.


Journals and prizes

Only papers presented at the conference are eligible for prizes. Authors will be prompted for their prize preferences on the first submission screen. Authors who wish to be considered for prizes or journal inclusion must specify so during their initial submission. Prizes will be judged based on the paper version available at the submission deadline. Subsequent paper revisions, or later changes to prize choices will not be considered.


Journal of Banking & Finance
A special issue of the Journal of Banking and Finance on "Financial Innovation, Governance and Global Financial Stability" will include selected papers presented at the 26th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference. Authors who are pre-selected will be notified of the appropriate procedure for inclusion.


BlackRock Research Award
AUD$10,000 will be awarded for the best paper presented on Capital Markets/Funds Management/Mutual Funds.


SIRCA Research Prize
AUD$5,000 will be awarded for the best paper which has used SIRCA Data (this includes ASX intraday tick data and regulatory disclosures, and Thomson Reuters intraday tick data and news). Please note that the use of SIRCA data must be acknowledged in the paper. Further details about Sirca's data sources are available at

BankScope Prize
AUD$2,500 will be awarded for the best paper in Banking. Authors whose institutions subscribe to BankScope data are eligible. 


Zephyr Prize
AUD$2,500 will be awarded for the best Corporate Finance paper. To be eligible for the award the university you attend will have to subscribe to the global M&A deal database, Zephyr by Bureau van Dijk.

Australian Securities Exchange Prize
Awarded for the best paper presented on derivatives/quantitative finance.

Conference fees


Early bird fee (payment received before Monday 7 October 2013) 


  • Standard Registration: AUD$750 (incls GST/VAT)
  • PhD students: AUD$600 (incls GST/VAT) 


Full fee (payment received after Monday 7 October 2013)


  • Standard Registration: AUD$800 (incls GST/VAT)
  • PhD students: AUD$650 (incls GST/VAT) 


Please note: presenting authors must be registered by Monday 4 November 2013 to facilitate scheduling.


Additional guest ticket to the conference dinner are AUD $140 each.


Conference venue


The Shangri-La Hotel

176 Cumberland Street
The Rocks, Sydney
NSW 2000 Australia

To make a reservation at the Shangri-La for the conference period, you can do so under the AFBC group accommodation block.



The registration does not include accommodation; however, it does make you eligible for a discounted group rate at the Shangri-La Hotel as part of the conference.  


Shangri-La discount prices 


  • Deluxe Darling Harbour AUD $290.00 room only incl. GST per room per night
  • Deluxe Opera House AUD $300.00 room only incl. GST per room per night
  • Deluxe Grand Harbour AUD $320.00 room only incl. GST per room per night


Alternative accommodation

For alternative accommodation options around Circular Quay please book via the Lido Group website. (Please check back later for link to Lido Group).


Further enquiries

For any further information or questions please check the FAQ page or email us at bankconf@unsw.edu.au.








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