PhD Symposium: Financial Market Research and Policy Developments

August 11-12, 2021; 9:00 AM CDT


The Salem Center for Policy at the McCombs School of Business is pleased to host its second doctoral student symposium designed for Ph.D. candidates in finance, accounting, economics, and related disciplines, who are in the process of developing a financial markets research program. Students will engage researchers from leading universities, industry, and regulatory agencies to learn how academic research influences policy decisions. A series of panel discussions will introduce students to active policy issues, open research questions, and how current developments can motivate and shape a research agenda, including through the lens of journal editors. Selected students will be invited to present their working papers and research ideas to program participants, and uniquely receive combined feedback from academics, practitioners, and regulators. 


The program is comprised of four plenary sessions and eight special tracks centered on areas of financial market regulation. Each track will host a 90-minute student paper presentation session and a 60-minute panel discussion on current industry trends and potential regulatory issues/considerations.  Details on the paper submission proces at bottom.

Plenary 1. Revisiting the role of academic research in navigating the pandemic
Plenary 2. Journal Editors on policy considerations in the editorial process
Plenary 3. Measuring Social Equity
Plenary 4. Economics and Market Effects of Climate Risk

Track 1. FinTech
Track 2. Banking
Track 3. Fraud and Misconduct
Track 4. Standard Setting, ESG, and Climate
Track 5. Asset Management
Track 6. Corporate Governance and Disclosure
Track 7. Raising Capital
Track 8. Technology and Trading

For the full program information, to see panel and track speaker participation, and to register for the event please see the event webpage here.