2019 Conferences and Workshops
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RCEA Conference on Growth, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

20-21 September, 2019, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

10th RCEA Macro-Money-Finance Conference

13-14 September 2019, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

4th Workshop on Spatial Dimensions of the Labour Market

11-12 July 2019 Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Marseille, France

6th RCEA Time Series Econometrics Workshop

22-23 June 2019, University of Cyprus, Larnaca, Cyprus

13th RCEA Bayesian Econometrics Workshop

22-23 June 2019, University of Cyprus, Larnaca, Cyprus

Financial econometrics: a session in honour of Ramo Gencay; Canadian Economic Association 53rd Annual Conference

31 May-2 June, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Alberta, Canada

2nd RCEA Warsaw Money-Macro-Finance Conference

10-11 May 2019, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

5th International Conference on Applied Theory, Macro and Empirical Finance (AMEF2019)

22-23 April 2019, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

 

2019 Conferences and Workshops

RCEA Growth, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference

September 20-21, 2019, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Keynote Speakers

John Haltiwagner

University of Maryland, College Park, NBER and IZA

Josh Lerner

Harvard Business School and NBER

With recent slowdown in economic growth, innovation and enterprneurship became one of the leading areas of economic and management research. Growth results from the effort of innovative entrepreneurs, with new technologies replacing old ones. This trend is expected to accelerate with adoption of artificial intelligence, robotics and machine learning. The goal of the conference is to bring together leading researchers and policymakers to discuss and contribute to the understanding of issues related to economic growth, innovation and entrepreneurship. We welcome theoretical, empirical and policy – oriented papers in all areas of economics and finance related to the overarching theme of the conference.

10th RCEA Macro-Money-Finance Conference
Is a Recession Coming?

September 13-14, 2019, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Keynote Speakers

Emmanuel Farhi

Harvard University, NBER and CEPR

Enrique Mendoza

University of Pennsylvania and NBER

The current macroeconomic situation indicates a growing possibility of the next recession. Economic growth has slowed down in Europe and China and is likely to slow down in the US once the stimulative effect of tax cuts passes. Combined with tariff war between US and China, erratic economic policies in some countries and financial markets volatility, a recession in the next two years is more likely than it appeared to be a year ago. The current situation makes dealing with the next recession a formidable challenge: interest rates are low, public debts are high and some macroprudential reforms introduced in the wake of the Great Recession have been rolled back.

The goal of the conference is to assemble a group of leading researchers in macroeconomics, monetary economics and finance to present and discuss their recent work. While the focus of the conference is on theoretical and empirical work related to macro prospects, we welcome papers in all areas of economics and finance related to the overarching theme of the conference.

4th Workshop on Spatial Dimensions of the Labour Market

11-12 July 2019, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Marseille, France

Keynote Speakers

Alan Manning

London School of Economics

Frederic Robert-Nicoud

Geneva School of Economics and Management

The 4th Workshop on “Spatial Dimensions of the Labour Market” focuses on topics concerning regional labour markets. This year, a special focus is placed on the causes and consequences of agglomeration effects, and on local labour markets. The workshop aims to bring together frontier researchers from the areas of labour economics, regional economics, geography and other related fields. Theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented contributions are welcome.

6th RCEA Time Series Econometrics Workshop

22-23 June, 2019, Larnaca, Cyprus

Keynote Speakers

Alexey Onatskiy

University of Cambridge

P. C. B. Phillips

Yale University, University of Auckland, University of Southampton & Singapore Management University

Peter Robinson

London School of Economics

The 6th RCEA Time Series Econometrics Workshop will take place in association with the University of Cyprus on 22-23 June 2019 in Larnaca, Cyprus. We are grateful to the International Association for Applied Econometrics  and the University of Cyprus for generous support.

Venue: Palm Beach Hotel

13th RCEA Bayesian Econometrics Workshop

22-23 June, 2019, University of Cyprus, Larnaca

Keynote Speakers

Gianni Amisano

Federal Reserve Board and RCEA

Gary Koop

University of Strathclyde and RCEA

The 13th RCEA Bayesian Econometrics Workshop will take place in association with the University of Cyprus on 22-23 June 2019 in Larnaca, Cyprus. We are grateful to the International Association for Applied Econometrics and the University of Cyprus for generous support.

Financial econometrics: a session in honour of Ramo Gencay
Canadian Economic Association 53rd Annual Conference

May 31-June 2, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Alberta, Canada

RCEA has organized a session: Financial econometrics: a session in honour of Ramo Gençay, at the Canadian Economic Association Conference in Banff, Alberta, May 31-June 2, 2019.

Ramo died tragically in Colombia in December. He was a Senior Fellow and member of the RCEA Scientific Committee from the outset. His contributions were fundamental to the RCEA’s launch and its subsequent success. Ramo organized and managed the RCEA financial study group. He was an agent of continuous inspiration, commitment and enthusiasm. He understood and personified RCEA’s spirit of intellectual independence and informal, but earnest scholarship.

Istanbul Bilgi University organized a conference in honor of Ramo. He was appointed as the head of a finance institute at Bilgi University and he had many friends and collaborators there.

Ramo will be greatly missed and will remain an inspiration to the colleagues and students who had the good fortune of meeting him.

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2nd RCEA Warsaw Money-Macro-Finance Conference

May 10-11 , 2019, University of Warsaw, Poland

Keynote Speakers

Florencio López de Silanes

SKEMA Business School, France

Richard Baillie

Michigan State University

The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis – Poland and the Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw invite papers to be considered for the 2nd RCEA Warsaw Money-Macro-Finance Conference (WMMFC 2019). The Conference will assemble a group of applied and theoretical economists to present and discuss their work on all areas of macroeconomics, monetary economics, finance and related fields.

5th International Conference on Applied Theory, Macro and Empirical Finance (AMEF2019)

April 22-23, 2019, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

Keynote Speakers

Harris Dellas

University of Bern

Thanasis Stengos

University of Guelph

Brian Lucey

Trinity Business School

The Department of Economics of the University of Macedonia organizes the 5th International Conference on Applied Theory, Macro and Empirical Finance (AMEF), which will be held at the Department of Economics, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. The aim is to bring together researchers, young scholars, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students that are working on the areas of Economics and Finance. 

Past Conferences and Workshops

Rimini Conference in Economics and Finance (RCEF2018)

14-15 June 2018, Rimini Palacongressi, Italy

Keynote Speakers

Michael B. Devereux

University of British Columbia, NBER and RCEA

Lawrence Schembri

Bank of Canada and RCEA

The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA) invites papers to be considered for the RCEF2018: the Rimini Conference in Economics and Finance. RCEF is our main biennial conference, assembling a group of leading economists to present and discuss their work at the cutting edge of economic research.

The Centre welcomes submissions for the contributed sessions in all areas of economics and finance, including monetary and fiscal policies, experimental economics, business cycles analysis, international trade and finance, public economics, public finance, general equilibrium, game theory, environmental economics, industrial organization, labour economics, health economics, economic geography, regional development and economics of tourism.  RCEF2018 will run will run in parallel to the 5th RCEA Time Series Econometrics Workshop and the 12th RCEA Bayesian Workshop, all held at Rimini Palacongressi. Papers in all areas of econometrics should he submitted to one of these workshops. Participants to RCEF2018 will have access to all sessions of the Bayesian and Time Series Workshops, and vice versa.

12th Annual RCEA Bayesian Workshop

14-15 June 2018, Rimini Palacongressi, Italy

Keynote Speaker

Mike West

Duke University

The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis invites papers to be considered for its 12th RCEA Bayesian Workshop. 

The Centre welcomes submissions for the contributed sessions. While the workshop is intended for theoretical work or applied work with methodological contribution in Bayesian Econometrics, any Bayesian paper with an econometric focus will be considered. Quality papers in all areas in relation to the overarching theme of the workshop are welcome.

5th RCEA Time Series Econometrics Workshop

14-15 June 2018, Rimini Palacongressi, Italy

Keynote Speaker

André Lucas

Vrije Universiteit
Amsterdam

The 5th RCEA Time Series Econometrics Workshop will take place at Rimini Palacongressi (http://www.riminipalacongressi.it/), Via della Fiera 23, Rimini, Italy, 14-15 June 2018, with keynote speaker André Lucas (Free University of Amsterdam). In addition, we will run a full set of contributed sessions. Papers in all areas of Time Series econometrics are welcome.

1st RCEA Warsaw Money-Macro-Finance Conference

25-26 May 2018, Warsaw, Poland

Keynote Speakers

Stephen G. Cecchetti

Brandeis International
Business School

Ryszard Kokoszczynski

Warsaw University
National Bank of Poland

The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis – Poland (RCEA-Poland) and the Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw invite papers to be considered for the 1st RCEA Warsaw Money, Macro Finance Conference (WMMF2018).

WWMF2018 is the first meeting organized by newly established RCEA-Poland in cooperation with the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Warsaw (WNE). RCEA is an is a private, non-profit international organization dedicated to independent research in applied and theoretical economics and related fields. Originally established in Rimini, Italy in 2007, it is headquartered in Canada and has a branch in Italy and now in Poland. WNE is the top-ranked Polish institution on RePEc and one of only two economic faculties ranked A+ by the Polish education ministry.

4th International Conference in Applied Theory, Macro and Empirical Finance

April 02-03, 2018, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

Keynote Speakers

Harris Dellas

University of Bern

Evi Pappa

European University Institute

Thanasis Stengos

University of Guelph

Konstantinos Theodoridis

University of Cardiff

Department of Economics of the University of Macedonia organizes the 4th International Conference in Applied Theory, Macro and Empirical Finance (AMEF), which will be held at the Department of Economics, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. The aim is to bring together researchers, young scholars, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students that are working on the areas of Economics and Finance. Selected papers will be included in special issues of (1) Journal of Economic Asymmetries, (2) Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance and (3) Review of Economic Analysis.

11th Annual Bayesian Econometrics Workshop

July 3-4, 2017, University of Melbourne, Australia

Keynote Speakers

Sylvia Frühwirth-Schnatter

Institute for Statistics and Mathematics,
Vienna University of Economics and Business

Sylvia Kaufmann

Study Center Gerzensee,
Foundation of the Swiss National Bank

This is the first time the RCEA Bayesian workshop was held in Australia. It is the result of a partnership with the Bayesian Analysis and Modeling Research Group at the University of Melbourne. Papers in all areas of Bayesian econometrics were presented.

9th RCEA Macro-Money-Finance Workshop
Monetary and Fiscal Policy in the Next Recession

June 23-24, 2017, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, On. Canada

Keynote Speakers

Laurence M. Ball

Johns Hopkins University and NBER

Angelo Melino

University of Toronto, RCEA and C.D.Howe

The current macroeconomic situation will make it more difficult than ever for policymakers to stimulate economies in the next recession.  Policy interest rates cannot be reduced much  since they are at record lows; public debt is, in most countries, at record high, and the new US administration is promising to roll back some of macroprudential reforms introduced in the wake of the Great Recession. The current situation makes dealing with the next recession a formidable challenge. The goal of the workshop is to discuss what can be done to prepare for the next cyclical downturn, and what to do when the next recession starts, as it inevitably will.

Two Dynamic Paths on a Shared Road: Canadian-Italian Cooperation at 150 and 156

June 17, 2017, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Keynote Speakers

Luigi Bruti-Liberati

Università degli Studi di Milano

Kenneth Bartlett

University of Toronto

The conference is organized on the occasion of Canada’s sesquicentennial,  with the support of the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto and Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto.

Unlike other RCEA meetings, this is an interdisciplinary conference, which will include participants from social sciences and humanities. It has two goals. The first is to celebrate 150 years of Canada and the contribution of Italian-Canadians to Canada’s economic, political, social and cultural development. The second goal is to bring together academics and policymakers from both countries to spur cooperation between Canada and Italy. Canada’s sesquicentennial year, coming only a few years after Italy’s 150th anniversary as a unified state, provides a timely opportunity to strengthen these historic bonds.

8th RCEA Macro-Money-Finance Workshop

May 18-19, 2017, Rimini, Palacongressi, Italy

Keynote Speakers

Karim Abadir

Imperial College London

Guido Ascari

University of Oxford

The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA) invites papers to be considered for its 2017 RCEA Macro-Money-Finance Workshop. While the workshop is intended for theoretical work or applied work in Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, Finance and Public Finance, papers in any area of Economics and Finance in relation to the overarching theme of the workshop are welcome.

3rd International Conference in Applied Theory, Macro and Empirical Finance (AMEF)

April 21-22 , 2017, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki , Greece

Keynote Speakers

Gikas Hardouvelis

University of Pireus

Elias Papaioannou

London Business School

Konstantinos Theodoridis

Bank of England

Thanasis Stengos

University of Guelph

The Department of Economics of the University of Macedonia organizes the 3rd International Conference in Applied Theory, Macro and Empirical Finance (AMEF). The aim is to bring together researchers, young scholars, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students that are working on the areas of Economics and Finance. Selected papers will be included in special issues of (1) Applied Economics Quarterly, (2) Review of Economic Analysis and (3) South Eastern Europe Journal of Economics. 

3rd Workshop on Spatial Dimensions of the Labour Market
Spatial Dimensions of Inequality

March 30-31, 2017, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, Germany

Keynote Speakers

Gilles Duranton

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and RCEA

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

London School of Economics, President of the RSAI

Jens Südekum

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

The workshop on “Spatial Dimensions of the Labour Market” focuses on topics concerning regional labour markets. This year, a special focus is placed on inequality across space. The workshop is  jointly organised by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), the Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA) and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW).  

For earlier events please click the Colloquium tab at the top of the page

RCEA-Poland

We are pleased to announce the establishment of RCEA-Poland.

The director of RCEA-Poland is Joanna Siwińska-Gorzelak. RCEA-Poland is located at the Faculty of Economic Sciences (WNE), Warsaw University. In 2019 RCEA-Poland held the second RCEA Warsaw Money-Macro-Finance Conference. The plenary speakers were Florencio López de Silanes (SKEMA, France) – one of the most cited economics and finance researchers (over 100 000 cites in Google Scholar), and Richard Baillie (Michigan State and RCEA) – a leading resercher in time series analysis, econometrics, empirical international finance.

WNE is the top-ranked Polish institution on RePEc and one of only two economic faculties ranked A+ by the Polish education ministry.

RCEA is headquartered in Canada, with branches in Italy and now in Poland. Poland has some excellent economists, including many young researchers, and we hope to contribute to the development of academic research there.


Stephen G. Cecchetti
Honorary Senior Fellow

Stephen G. Cecchetti is Rosen Family Chair in International Finance at the Brandeis International Business School. Before rejoining Brandeis in 2014, he completed a five-year term as Economic Adviser and Head of the Monetary and Economic Department at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland where he participated in post-crisis global regulatory reform initiatives,  with both the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and the Financial Stability Board in establishing new international standards.
Cecchetti’s academic appointments include Stern School of Business at NYU (1982-1987) and the Department of Economics at Ohio State (1987-2003). He has served as Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1997-1999) and Editor, Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking (1992-2001).  In 2016, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Economics from the University of Basel.


RCEA Fellow News

Apostolos Serletis, RCEA Senior Fellow and Professor at the University of Calgary was elected the President of the Society of Economic Measurement


Christopher Ragan, RCEA Senior Fellow, Associate Professor at McGill University and Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, was appointed the inaugural Director of the Max Bell School of Public Policy, a new school at McGill University.


Joseph Zeira, RCEA Senior Fellow and Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was elected the President of the Israeli Economic Association.


Philippe Aghion, RCEA Honorary Senior Fellow and Professor at the College de France and at the London School of Economics was elected President of the European Economic Association and of the French Economic Association.


Michael Devereux, RCEA Senior Fellow and Professor at the Vancouver School of Economics was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his contributions to the international macroeconomics and international finance.


Laurence Ball, RCEA Honorary Senior Fellow and Professor at Johns Hopkins University has written a book on the Lehman Brothers’ collapse. The book The Fed and Lehman Brothers: Setting the Record Straight on a Financial Disaster was published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press.


Steve Ambler, RCEA Senior Fellow and Professor at the Université du Québec  á Montréal, has been re-appointed for multiple roles at the C.D. Howe Institute: as a Fellow-in-Residence, the David Dodge Chair in Monetary Policy, and a member of the National Council at the Institute.


Recent working papers

In WP 19-07: Another Look at Calendar Anomalies, Evanthia Chatzitzisi, Stilianos Fountas and Theodore Panagiotidis employ daily aggregate and sectoral S&P500 data to shed further light on the day-of-the-week anomaly using GARCH and EGARCH models. Using rolling-regressions, they find that significant seasonality represents a small proportion of the total sample. Within a logit setup, they find that recessions and uncertainty have explanatory power for anomalies whereas trading volume does not.

In WP 19-06: What is the Investment Loss due to Uncertainty?, Theodore Panagiotidis and Panagiotis Printzis investigate the effect of uncertainty on investment. They employ a unique dataset of 25000 Greek firms’ balance sheets for 14 years covering the period before and after the eurozone crisis. A dynamic factor model is employed to proxy uncertainty. Overall uncertainty affects negatively investment performance and this effect substantially increased in the years of crisis.

In WP 19-05: Shooting down the price: evidence from mafia homicides and housing market volatility, Michele Battisti, Giovanni Bernardo, Andrea Mario Lavezzi and Giuseppe Maggio assess how Camorra killing may influence housing choice. Using housing data from the city of Naples they find a negative and significant impact of murders on house prices in the relevant territory and a positive effect in neighboring districts. This effect raises within-city inequality.

In WP 19-04: Explaining and measuring tolerant behavior, Caterina Liberati, Riccarda Longaretti and Alessandra Michelangeli develop a model to explain individual’s tolerant attitudes without necessarily resorting to altruistic preferences. They propose a new measure of tolerance, which is able to capture multiple facets of tolerance when Likert-scale data are available.

In WP 19-03: Commodity Price Uncertainty as a Leading Indicator of Economic Activity, Athanasios Triantafyllou, Dimitrios Bakas and Marilou Ioakimidis examine the impact of commodity price uncertainty on US economic activity. The empirical analysis indicates that uncertainty in agricultural, metals and energy markets depresses US economic activity and acts as an early warning signal for US recessions with a forecasting horizon ranging from one to twelve months.

In WP 19-02: Not all price endings are created equal: Price points and asymmetric price rigidity, Daniel Levy, Avichai Snir, Alex Gotler, and Haipeng (Allan) Chen find asymmetry in the rigidity of 9-ending prices. Consumers have difficulty noticing higher prices if they are 9-ending, or noticing price-increases if the new prices are 9-ending. Sellers set 9-ending prices more often after price-increases than decreases. 9-ending prices, therefore, remain 9-ending more often after price-increases than decreases, leading to asymmetric rigidity: 9-ending prices are more rigid upward than downward.

In WP 19-01: New testing approaches for mean-variance predictabilityGabriele Fiorentini and Enrique Sentana propose tests for smooth but persistent serial correlation in risk premia and volatilities that exploit the non-normality of financial returns. The proposed parametric tests are robust to distributional misspecification, while the semiparametric tests are as powerful as if  the true return distribution was known.  The tests are applied to quarterly returns on the five Fama-French factors for international stocks. The results highlight noticeable differences across regions and factors and confirm the fragility of Gaussian tests.


2018

In WP 18-42: Twitter versus Traditional News Media: Evidence for the Sovereign Bond Markets, Costas Milas, Theodore Panagiotidis and Theologos Dergiades compare news on Twitter with traditional news outlets and emphasize their differential impact on Eurozone’s sovereign bond market for a homogeneous news topic. The authors find a two-way information flow between Twitter’s “Grexit” tweets and the respective mentions in traditional news outlets. The effect of Twitter on the Greek sovereign spread is positive and of higher magnitude than that of traditional news outlets.

In WP 18-41: Decomposing global bank productivity growth: the role of non-performing loans, equity and technology, Emmanuel Mamatzakis and M. Tsionas propose a flexible functional form for estimating productivity, which allows for endogeneity of the underlying inputs and outputs. The authors argue that the model estimates of bank productivity better measure bank performance compared to efficiency. In the empirical section, they show the destructive effect of nonperforming loans on bank-specific TFP growth in advanced, emerging and developing economies.

In WP 18-40: Does Corporate Governance add value to Islamic banks? A quantitative analysis of cost efficiency and financial stability, Christos Alexakis, Khamis Al-Yahyaee, Emmanuel Mamatzakis, Asma Mobarek, Sabur Mollah and Vasileios Pappas examine the interplay between Islamic banks corporate governance, efficiency and financial stability, using a panel VAR. Differences between Islamic and conventional banks indicate that the former should be caurtious about adapting international binding corporate governance practices.

In WP 18-39: The effects of markets, uncertainty and search intensity on bitcoin returns Theodore Panagiotidis, Thanasis Stengos and Orestis Vravosinos assess the effects of factors such as stock market returns, exchange rates, gold and oil returns, FED’s and ECB’s rates and internet trends on bitcoin returns. The results reveal (i) a significant interaction between bitcoin and traditional stock markets, (ii) a weaker interaction with FX markets and the macroeconomy and (iii) an anemic importance of popularity measures.

In WP 18-38, Multivariate Stochastic Volatility with Co-Heteroscedasticity, Joshua Chan,  Arnaud Doucet,  Roberto León-González and  Rodney W. Strachan propose a multivariate stochastic volatility inverse Wishart process that decomposes shocks into homoscedastic and heteroscedastic components and is invariant to the ordering of the variables. Linear combinations of heteroscedastic variables are homoscedastic (co-heteroscedasticity). We provide two empirical applications. A reparameterization and novel particle filter algorithm substantially improve algorithmic convergence

In WP 18-37, Reducing Dimensions in a Large TVP-VAR,  Eric Eisenstat , Joshua C.C. Chan and  Rodney W. Strachan impose an empirically supported rank reduction in the covariance matrix of the state equation to reduce the dimension of the state space for high-dimensional TVP-SVAR models. They generalize the recentering approach to obtain efficient and simple computation of a high dimensional model.

In WP 18-36, Public Debt Frontier. A toolkit for analyzing fiscal policy and debt sustainability, Gonzalo F. de-Córdoba, Benedetto Molinari  and José L. Torres propose a synthetic and visual indicator to assess public debt sustainability. They develop stand-alone software that analyzes public debt sustainability in response to variations of fiscal policy.

In WP 18-35:  Property Heterogeneity and Convergence Club Formation among Local House Prices Mark J. Holmes, Jesús Otero and Theodore Panagiotidis investigate the extent of convergence club formation in local house prices. Using a very large panel dataset from England and Wales spanning over 2 decades, they find the presence of divergence or multiple house price convergence clubs rather than a single club.

In WP 18-34: Simulating financial contagion dynamics in random interbank networks John Leventides, Kalliopi Loukaki and Vassilios Papavassiliou assess the resilience of financial systems to exogenous shocks using techniques drawn from the theory of complex networks. They use a default model of contagion applied on interbank networks of varying sizes and analyze the interplay of several crucial drivers of interbank contagion, such as heterogeneity and interconnectedness.

In WP 18-33: 18-33 Are China’s “Leftover Women” really leftover? An investigation of marriage market penalties in modern-day China Loren Brandt, Hongbin Li, Laura Turner and Jiaqi Zou study the widely cited phenomenon of “leftover women” in urban Chinese marriage markets. They  find higher-educated women marrying later, but ultimately at slightly higher rates, than their less-educated peers. Using Choo’s (2015) dynamic estimator, they project these high completed marriage rates to continue among university-educated women.

In WP 18-32: Caught in the Cycle: Economic Conditions at Enrollment and Labor Market Outcomes of College Graduates, Alena Bicakova, Guido Matias Cortes and Jacopo Mazza present robust evidence that cohorts of graduates who enter college during worse economic times earn higher average wages than those who enter during better times. They graduate with higher college grades, and earn higher wages conditional on their grades. The results suggest that these cohorts exert more effort during their studies.

In WP 18-31: Variational Bayes inference in high-dimensional time-varying parameter models, Gary Koop and Dimitris Korobilis propose a mean field variational Bayes algorithm for efficient posterior and predictive inference in time-varying parameter models. Their approach involves: i) computationally trivial Kalman filter updates of regression coefficients, ii) a dynamic variable selection prior that removes irrelevant variables in each time period, and iii) a fast approximate state-space estimator of the regression volatility parameter.

In WP 18-30: Machine Learning Macroeconometrics: A Primer, Dimitris Korobilis reviews econometric methods that can be used to deal with the challenges of inference in high-dimensional empirical macro models with possibly “more parameters than observations”. These methods broadly include machine learning algorithms for Big Data, but also more traditional estimation algorithms for data with a short span of observations relative to the number of explanatory variables.

In WP 18-29: The Rise and Fall of the Natural Interest Rate, Gabriele Fiorentini, Alessandro Galesi, Gabriel Pérez-Quirós and Enrique Sentana document changes in the natural interest rate in several advanced economies. It starts increasing in the 1960s and peaks at the end of 1980s.  An estimated Panel ECM suggests that the temporary demographic effect of the young baby-boomers mostly accounts for the rise and fall.

WP 18-28: Economic Policy Uncertainty Spillovers in Booms and Busts, Giovanni Caggiano, Efrem Castelnuovo and Juan Manuel Figueres quantify the impact of economic policy uncertainty shocks in the US on the unemployment rate in Canada. They identify a novel “economic policy uncertainty spillovers channel”: jumps in US policy uncertainty foster uncertainty in Canada and lead to temporary increase in Canadian unemployment rate.

In WP 18-27: The Monetary Dimension of Arbitrage. A Brief Note Andrea Mantovi extends the principle according to which financial frictions give rise to the value of money. The role of arbitrageurs of interacting with financial frictions is connected with the secular economic drive to liquidity transformation, and the macroeconomic relevance of such an approach is discussed in terms of “friction setting” and shadow banking.

In WP 18-26: Modeling Euro STOXX 50 Volatility with Common and Market–specific Components, Fabrizio Cipollini and Giampiero M. Gallo address long memory features in the Euro-area volatility. They model the Euro-STOXX 50 and show that the HAR terms are no longer significant when a common and several market-specific components are used as regressors. These components are derived with an extension of the Component GARCH of Engle and Lee (1999) to a multivariate MEM.

In WP 18-23: A Bayesian dynamic model to test persistence in funds’ performance, Emmanuel Mamatzakis and Mike Tsionas develop a Bayesian model for (dynamic) panel data to take into account persistence in US funds’ performance. The model detects previously undocumented striking variability in terms of performance and persistence across funds categories and over time, and in particular through the financial crisis

In WP 18-22: Specification tests for non-Gaussian maximum likelihood estimators, Gabriele Fiorentini and Enrique Sentana propose generalised DWH specification tests which simultaneously compare three or more likelihood-based estimators of conditional mean and variance parameters in multivariate conditionally heteroskedastic dynamic regression models.

In WP 18-16:  Here Lives a Wealthy Man: Price Rigidity and Predictability in Luxury Housing Markets, Daniel Levy and Avichai Snir use study the effect of price changes in the market for luxury and middle class homes. They find that for luxury homes price elasticity is lower, prices persist and are sticker than for middle-class homes.

In WP 18-15: Tat will tell: Tattoos and time preferences, Bradley Ruffle and Anne Wilson find, on the basis of an incentivized experiment and self-reported behaviors, that individuals with tattoos, especially visible ones, are more short-sighted and impulsive than the non-tattooed. They present causal evidence that a short-sighted pre-disposition leads to getting a tattoo.

In WP 18-14: On the Determinants of Bitcoin Returns: a LASSO Approach, Theodore Panagiotidis, Thanasis Stengos and Orestis Vravosinos examine the significance of potential drivers of bitcoin returns for the period 2010 to 2017. Within a LASSO framework, they examine the effects of stock market returns, exchange rates, gold and oil returns, FED’s and ECB’s rates and internet trends.Search intensity and gold returns emerge as the most important variables for bitcoin returns.

In WP 18-13: Volatility Persistence and Asymmetry Under the Microscope: The Role of Information Demand for Gold and Oil, Georgios Bampinas, Theodore Panagiotidis and Christina Rouska explore the relationship between Google search activity and the conditional volatility of oil and gold spot market returns. They construct a weekly Searching Volume Index (SVI) for each market as proxy of households and investors information demand. They find that higher information demand increases conditional return volatility.

In WP 18-12: Bayesian Inference and Prediction of a Multiple-Change-Point Panel Model with Nonparametric Priors, Mark Fisher and Mark J. Jensen model the hierarchical prior nonparametrically by letting the hyperparameter’s prior be unknown and modeling it with a Dirichlet processes prior. They apply their model to a longitudinal data set of actively managed, US equity, mutual fund returns to measure fund performance and investigate what the chances are of a skilled fund being skilled in the future.

In WP 18-11: A Class of Model Averaging Estimators, Shangwei Zhao, Aman Ullah and Xinyu Zhang introduce a class of model averaging estimators. Model averaging aims to a trade-off between efficiency and biases. They establish its dominance condition over the ordinary least squares estimator. All theoretical findings are verified by simulations.

In WP 18-10: Has Monetary Policy Changed? How the Crisis Shifted the Ground Under Central Banks, Pierre Siklos examines the results of a survey begun in 2013, in cooperation with the BIS, to assess how and why central bank communication strategies have changed in light of the financial crisis of 2008-10. Inflation targeting central banks are more vocal in publicly explaining the role and function of macroprudential tools. Communicating in normal versus crisis times are not seen as being very different.

In WP 18-09: “Some Financial Implications of Global Warming: An Empirical Assessment”, Claudio Morana and Giacomo Sbrana assess global warming evidence, its implications for the natural environment and the drivers of catastrophe bonds risk premia. They report that rising natural disaster risk is not reflected in prices of catastrophe bonds and conclude that there is significant undervaluation of natural disasters risk.

In WP 18-08: “Economic Growth and the Public Sector: A Comparison of Canada and Italy, 1870-2013”, Livio Di Matteo and Thomas Barbiero investigate public sector spending of central governments and economic performance in Canada and Italy. They find the size of central government spending directly affects the performance of their economies in an inverse U-shaped relationship known as a Scully/BARS Curve. The results have implications for spending by both the central and other levels of government.

In WP 18-07: “On the Evolution of Individual Preferences and Family Rules”, Alessandro Cigno and Annalisa Luporini study the result of mixed marriages on the evolution of inherited traits. Under certain conditions, in the long run everyone has the same trait. The authors discuss the consequences for immigration and welfare policy if the trait is a person’s taste for receiving filial attention in old age.

In WP 18-06: “Consistent non-Gaussian Pseudo Maximum Likelihood Estimators”, Gabriele Fiorentini and Enrique Sentana characterize the mean and variance parameters that distributionally misspecied maximum likelihood estimators can consistently estimate in multivariate conditionally heteroskedastic dynamic regression models. They analyze the statistical properties of the proposed consistent estimators, as well as their efficiency relative to Gaussian pseudo maximum likelihood procedures.

In WP 18-05: “The Fama 3 and Fama 5 Factor Models Under a Machine Learning Framework”, Periklis Gogas, Theofilos Papadimitriou and Dimitrios Karagkiozis examine Fama – French 3 & 5 factors model, the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) and the Arbitrage Pricing Theory (APT) model. These models are used by investors and market professionals as an important part of the investment decision process and for the evaluation of the applied investment strategies.

In WP 18-04: “Aid to agriculture, Trade and Take-off”, Alessandra Pelloni, Thanasis Stengos and Ilaria Tedesco study the effect of foreign aid to agriculture on the industrialization process of developing countries. The theoretical analysis suggests a dichotomy between closed and open economies as regards the impact of aid given for productive purposes to the primary sector. Empirical results confirm this, as they find the effect is positive for landlocked countries only.

In WP 18-03: “Oil Price Shocks and Economic Growth: The Volatility Link”, John M. Maheu, Yong Song and Qiao Yang report a robust link between oil shocks and the volatility of economic growth. A new measure of oil shocks is developed and shown to be superior to existing measures.  It indicates that the conditional variance of growth increases in response to an indicator of local maximum oil price exceedance.

In WP 18-02: “Bayesian Parametric and Semiparametric Factor Models for Large Realized Covariance Matrices”, Xin Jin, John M. Maheu and Qiao Yang introduce a new factor structure suitable for modeling large realized covariance matrices with full likelihood based estimation. Due to the computational advantages of their approach, the factor can be modelled nonparametrically as a Dirichlet process mixture or as an infinite hidden Markov mixture which leads to an infinite mixture of inverse-Wishart distribution.

In WP 18-01: “The Shifting Scully Curve: International Evidence from 1870 to 2013”, Livio Di Matteo and Fraser Summerfield estimate the Scully curve predictions for growth-maximizing public sector sizea using panel data covering 17 industrialized nations from 1870-2013. The economic growth maximizing size shifted over time from 9% pre-WWI to 25% Post WWII. IV estimates suggest that the Scully curve may be subject to some reverse causality.


2017

In WP 17-31: “The Impact of Uncertainty Shocks on the Volatility of Commodity Prices”, Dimitrios Bakas and Athanasios Triantafyllou examine the impact of uncertainty shocks on the volatility of commodity prices. Their results indicate that a positive shock in both macroeconomic and financial uncertainty leads to a persistent increase in the volatility of the broad commodity market index and of individual commodity prices.  

In WP 17:30: “Structural Transformation and the Rise of Information Technology”, Giovanni Gallipoli and Christos A. Makridis ask whether the emergence of information technology changed the structure of employment and earnings in the US. The authors propose a new index of occupation-level IT intensity and document several long-term changes in the occupational landscape over the past decades,  using Census micro-data between 1970 and 2015: (i) the share of workers in IT-intensive jobs has expanded significantly, with little or no pause; (ii) IT jobs enjoy a large and growing earnings premium, even after controlling for general task requirements (e.g., cognitive, non-routine); and (iii) the rise of the IT employment share is closely associated with declines in the manufacturing employment share.

In WP 17-29: “Corruption and Economic Development”, Sule Akkoyunlu and Debora Ramella investigate the impact of openness to trade and corruption on economic development for a cross-section of 143 countries. They find that corruption negatively affects income per capita, productivity, and innovation, while it does not significantly impact income inequality (Gini). The control of corruption and the openness to trade affect output per worker through total factor productivity. These findings have important policy implications. For example, on the basis of the estimates, if Botswana improved its control of corruption to reach the level of Finland, its per capita income would rise almost threefold.

In WP 17-28: “Towards an understanding of credit cycles: do all credit booms cause crises?” R. Barrell, D. Karim and Corrado Macchiarelli analyze the practical side of the hypothesis that excessive credit growth leads to banking crises. They compare the performance of the HP filter to extract the cyclical indicator of excess credit with alternative measures of the credit gap. They find that, in some countries, and AR (2) smoother does a better job than the HP filter. They conclude that credit growth is sometimes a good indicator of potential problems but note that this is restricted to cases where excessive lending fuels a cycle of rising housing prices and hence collateral which in turn propagates further credit growth. Their results question the effectiveness of the macroprudential policy which links capital requirements to the measured level of excess credit in the economy.

In WP 17-27: “Nobel Beauty”, Jan Fidrmuc, Boontarika Paphawasit and Çigdem Börke Tunali consider the effect of physical attractiveness, assessed using publicly available pictures of top scientists, on their probability of winning the Nobel Prize. There is now an extensive body of literature that finds that physically attractive people receive non-negligible benefits in the labor market, marriage market and social life. In contrast, they find that attractiveness is negatively correlated with the probability of being awarded the Nobel.

In WP 17-26: “Technology-specific Production Functions”, Michele Battisti, Filippo Belloc and Massimo Del Gatto estimate technology-specific production functions avoiding any ex-ante assumption on the degree of technological sharing across firms. Their approach enables them to isolate the contribution to labour productivity stemming from technology (i.e. between-technology TFP) from the contribution associated to idiosyncratic productivity shocks not related to technology (i.e. within-technology TFP).