Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) 2023 Conference in Banking and Corporate Finance

  • Thu 6 Jul 23

    08:00 - 23:00

  • Off Campus

    Gaeta, Italy

  • Event type

    Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) Conference in Banking and Corporate Finance

  • Event organiser

    Essex Finance Centre

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    Essex Finance Centre (EFiC)

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.               


The EFiC 2023 Conference in Banking and Corporate Finance 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.

EFiC 2023 Conference Details


We solicit papers in the following areas, in alphabetical order, but other related areas may also be considered:

  • Alternative finance
  • Banking and financial services
  • Behavioural finance
  • Big data applied to banking and finance
  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Digital finance
  • Diversity and women in finance
  • Financial crisis and resolution
  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Fintech and financial innovation
  • Green finance
  • International finance
  • Monetary policy and central banking
  • Political economy of central banking
  • Portfolio and risk management
  • Rethinking of financial regulation and supervision
  • SMEs financing

Keynote speaker

Viral V. Acharya)
Viral V. Acharya

Viral V. Acharya 

Viral V. Acharya is the C.V. Starr Professor of Economics in the Department of Finance at New York University Stern School of Business (NYU-Stern). He was a Deputy Governor at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) during January 2017 to 23 July 2019 in charge of Monetary Policy, Financial Markets, Financial Stability, and Research. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in Corporate Finance, a Research Affiliate at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and Research Associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI). He has been an Academic Advisor to the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago, Cleveland, New York and Philadelphia, and the Board of Governors, and provided Academic Expert service to the Bank for International Settlements, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. He is a (conditional) member of the Climate-related Financial Risk Advisory Committee (CFRAC) of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. His primary research interest is in theoretical and empirical analysis of systemic risk of the financial sector, its regulation, and its genesis in government- and policy-induced distortions, an inquiry that cuts across several other strands of research – credit risk and liquidity risk, their interactions and agency-theoretic foundations, as well as their general equilibrium consequences, as well as climate-change related risks.

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 governance ethics and social responsibility”.

Participation in the Conference will not be mandatory for submissions to the special issues. Further details will be provided in due course.

In addition, 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.


Programme committee

Stefano Filomeni, Claudia Girardone, Sotirios Kokas, Anna Sarkisyan (Essex Business School)

Giuliana Birindelli (Bifelab, University of Chieti and Pescara), Vincenzo Formisano (Bifelab, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio), Carmen Gallucci (Bifelab, University of Salerno), Michele Modina (Bifelab, University of Molise)


Local organising committee

Helen Chiappini (Bifelab, University of Chieti and Pescara), Maria Fedele (Bifelab, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio),  Anna Vittoria Formisano (Bifelab, University of Molise), Rosalia Santulli (Bifelab, University of Genoa)


Scientific committee

Rym Ayadi (Bayes Business School and EMANES)

Elena Beccalli (Catholic University of Milan)

Mascia Bedendo (University of Bologna)

Diana Bonfim (Banco de Portugal)

Udichibarna Bose (Essex Business School)

Fabio Braggion (Tilburg University)

Barbara Casu-Lukac (Bayes Business School)

Jerry Coakley (Essex Business School)

Paolo Coccorese (University of Salerno)

Douglas J Cumming (Florida State University)

Claudia Custodio (Imperial College London)

Manthos Delis (Montpellier Business School)

Luísa Farinha (Banco de Portugal)

Franco Fiordelisi (Essex Business School)

Ralph de Haas (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

Vasso Ioannidou (Bayes Business School)

Neil Kellard (Essex Business School)

Alexandros Kontonikas (Essex Business School)

Thomas Lambert (Erasmus University)

Angela Maddaloni (European Central Bank)

Alexander Michaelides (Imperial College London)

Philip Molyneux (Bangor University)

Ekaterini Panopoulou (Essex Business School)

George Panos (University of Glasgow)

Fotios Pasiouras (Montpellier Business School)

Simon Price (Essex Business School)

Farzad Saidi (University of Bonn)

Michael Straughan (Bank of England)

Ian Tonks (University of Bristol)

Serafeim Tsoukas (University of Glasgow)

John O.S. Wilson (University of St Andrews)

Geoffrey Wood (Western University London Ontario)

Eliza Wu (University of Sydney Business School)

José Liñares-Zegarra (Essex Business School)


How to submit

Interested authors should submit their paper by email to EFiC Organisers by Monday 3 April 2023.

Papers should be submitted using the following format for the file name: EFiC_SubmittingAuthor_PaperTitle.pdf.

PhD students should indicate if their submission is for the PhD session, otherwise it will be considered for the main session. 

Authors interested in a special issue should indicate the Journal in their submission.

Early submissions are highly encouraged.

Authors will be notified of the decision by Monday 24 April 2023.

Registration fees



 Business & Policymakers €300
 Students €100

 Conference dinner

Thursday 6 July 2023



The Conference will take place at Castello Angioino in Gaeta, Italy. The airports closest to Gaeta are Rome Fiumicino, Rome Ciampino, and Naples International.

Accommodation for conference participants has been reserved at Hotel Gajeta, Hotel Mirasole International, Residence Punta Stendardo, and Villa Irlanda Grand Hotel – booking must be confirmed by Monday 15 May 2023 with accommodation allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Further details will be provided in due course.

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


For all enquiries please contact the conference organisers by email.

Also see Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) on Twitter @EFiC_EBS 

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