2nd Annual OTC Markets and Securities Conference October 13-14, 2017

posted Aug 22, 2017, 12:08 PM by Dalton Marks   [ updated Sep 12, 2017, 11:50 AM by LAEF null ]


The Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance (LAEF) at the University of California, Santa Barbara is pleased to announce the second LAEF OTC Markets and Securities Conference. The meeting will take place at The Upham Hotel in Santa Barbara, Friday October 13, and Saturday October 14, 2017.

The conference theme will be on three sets of topics: (1) over-the-counter (OTC) markets, market-microstructure, and networks; (2) "corporate finance" issues related to OTC traded securities (e.g. the treatment of derivative and repo contracts in bankruptcy, their effective seniority in bankruptcy, or any other contractual issues surrounding OTC traded securities); (3) the relationship between these topics with the financial crisis and macroeconomics.

Why the Government Does Whatever It Is That The Government Does October 6-7, 2017

posted Aug 22, 2017, 12:04 PM by Dalton Marks   [ updated Sep 22, 2017, 2:16 PM by LAEF null ]


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In 2017, the federal government budgeted $4.1 trillion for expenditures, or roughly 22% of GDP. The goal of this conference is to bring researchers together to discuss the effects of such a large and expanding fiscal budget. How should these expenditures be financed? Should fiscal policy have a role in short-term macroeconomic stabilization? Is there a link between budget deficits and inflation? Broadly, we seek to ask “why the government does whatever it is that the government does (and should they be doing it)?”



Money, Banking, and Asset Markets in Madison, WI on September 22-23, 2017

posted Aug 22, 2017, 12:03 PM by Dalton Marks   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 3:46 PM by LAEF null ]


The Puelicher Center for Banking Education and the Wisconsin School of Business invite you to attend a conference on Money, Banking, and Asset Markets in Madison, WI on Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd. This event is co-sponsored by the Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance (LAEF). Sessions will be held Friday afternoon beginning at 1:30 pm, and all day Saturday. 

Advances in Macro-Finance VIII - September 22-23, 2017

posted Aug 22, 2017, 11:58 AM by Dalton Marks   [ updated Aug 22, 2017, 11:59 AM ]


The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and the Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance at the University of California Santa Barbara will hold the 8th conference on Advances in Macro-Finance, designed to bring together leading scholars in the field. This year, the conference will be held in Pittsburgh on Friday September 22 and Saturday September 23, 2017. The conference will consist of selected papers with a formal discussant for each paper.

The focus of the conference is on research at the intersection of macroeconomics and finance. We welcome both theoretical and empirical research on topics including, but not limited to: impact of financial and investment frictions; labor markets; credit risk and corporate financing; models of risk premia; determinants of income and wealth inequality; household finance; and taxation. Preference will be given to recent papers that have not previously been presented at major conferences

4th Annual Workshop of the Australasian Macroeconomics Society - August 17-19, 2017

posted Aug 22, 2017, 11:56 AM by Dalton Marks   [ updated Aug 22, 2017, 11:56 AM ]

Welcome to the 4th Annual Workshop of the Australasian Macroeconomics Society (WAMS). The 2017 edition of the WAMS will be held in Canberra, Australia, and it is jointly organized with the Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance. Invited Speakers: Stephen D. Williamson (St Louis Fed), John Rust (Georgetown University), Greg Kaplan (University of Chicago), Marco Bassetto (Chicago Fed)

Macro and Micro Economics of Climate Change - May 22-23, 2017

posted Aug 22, 2017, 11:52 AM by Dalton Marks   [ updated Aug 22, 2017, 11:55 AM ]


The overall goal of the workshop is to bring together micro economists and macroeconomists working on all aspects of the economics of climate change and to encourage dialogue and exchange of ideas between these two communities. The two-day conference will feature 12 one-hour presentations with no discussions, taking place at the UCSB Mosher Alumni House on Mesa Road. There will be both macro and micro papers on climate economics.


The academic organizers of the conference are Tony Smith, Professor of Economics, Yale University and Kyle Meng, Assistant Professor of Environmental Management and Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Fourth Annual Macroeconomics and Business CYCLE Conference - May 8-11, 2017

posted Aug 22, 2017, 11:34 AM by Dalton Marks   [ updated Aug 22, 2017, 11:39 AM ]


In the tradition that began in 2014, The Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance is pleased to sponsor the Fourth Annual Macroeconomics and Business Cycle Conference May 8 -11, 2017 at the Upham Hotel Garden Room at 1404 De La Vina Street in Santa Barbara. http://www.uphamhotel.com/.

The objective of the workshop is to combine recent developments in quantitative macro with frontier theoretical research. The conference will feature about 16 talks over four mornings, with ample time for informal discussion among the participants in the afternoons.

The conference organizers are Carlos Garriga (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis) and Peter Rupert (UCSB).

Bubbles - February 24-25, 2017

posted Aug 22, 2017, 11:23 AM by Dalton Marks   [ updated Aug 22, 2017, 11:28 AM ]


Many popular accounts of the economy assign an important role to bubbles, but the exact meaning of this term is unclear; it seems to mean simply a large increase in, for example, an asset price. In contrast, in the academic literature a bubble is a deviation from the fundamental equilibrium, but that leaves open the issue of what the right fundamentals are -- that uncertainty means it is difficult to spot a bubble in the data. Related to bubbles are other expectations-driven deviations from fundamental outcomes, including sunspots, self-fulfilling prophecies, and animal spirits, that involve agents making choices based on beliefs that end up justifying the beliefs. The goal of this conference is to bring together researchers working on many aspects of these economic phenomena to explore questions including (i) how one identifies a bubble or other non-fundamental equilibria in the data, (ii) whether non-fundamental equilibria can help us understand the dynamics of asset markets, and (iii) what governments should do about them.

The conference organizers are Zachary Bethune, Assistant Professor of Economics, Ana Fostel, Associate Professor of Economics, and Eric Young, Professor of Economics, all from the University of Virginia.

What We Know About Information in Financial Markets - November 18-19, 2016

posted Aug 22, 2017, 11:10 AM by Dalton Marks   [ updated Aug 22, 2017, 11:21 AM ]


The Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance (LAEF) at the University of California, Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a conference entitled "What We Know About Information in Financial Markets" at The Upham Hotel in Santa Barbara, Friday November 18, and Saturday November 19, 2016.

The recent financial crisis featured unprecedented disruptions in financial markets. The volume of trade fell across a broad array of assets classes and eventually led to significant effects on the balance sheets of banks, firms and households. In many of these markets, assets are traded in opaque, over-the- counter markets in which participants may be unaware of all the information or prices in the relevant for trade. The focus of this conference is to bring together researchers working at the forefront of understanding the effects of incomplete information in financial markets and how regulation can be designed to improve welfare.

The academic organizers of the conference are Eric Young, Professor of Economics, and Zach Bethune, Assistant Professor of Economics, both at the University of Virginia.

OTC Markets and Securities Conference - November 4-5, 2016

posted Aug 22, 2017, 10:57 AM by Dalton Marks   [ updated Aug 22, 2017, 11:08 AM ]


The Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance (LAEF) at the University of California, Santa Barbara is pleased to announce the first LAEF OTC Markets and Securities Conference. The meeting will take place at The Upham Hotel in Santa Barbara, Friday November 4, and Saturday November 5, 2016.

The conference theme will be on three sets of topics: (1) over-the-counter (OTC) markets, market-microstructure, and networks; (2) "corporate finance" issues related to OTC traded securities (e.g. the treatment of derivative and repo contracts in bankruptcy, their effective seniority in bankruptcy, or any other contractual issues surrounding OTC traded securities); (3) the relationship between these topics with the financial crisis and macroeconomics.

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