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Chicago Financial Institutions Conference

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Chicago Financial Institutions Conference
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The annual Chicago Financial Institutions Conference (CFIC) provides an open environment for scholars to share new working papers on topics related to financial institutions. In this day-and-a-half event, academics present their research findings during panel discussions in downtown Chicago. Growing to more than 150 attendees, the conference is hosted by the John L. Keeley Jr. Center for Financial Services and the Department of Finance at DePaul University.

Save the Date

The fifth annual conference will take place on April 16-17, 2020. Thursday afternoon sessions (April 16) will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Friday sessions (April 17) will be at the Union League Club of Chicago. Both locations are within one block in Chicago's financial district.

Submitting Research

The submission deadline for papers is Friday, Nov. 1.

We welcome submissions of high-quality research on all topics related to financial institutions. The range of topics includes, but is not limited to:

The theory of financial intermediation; banking and the real economy; nonbank financial institutions; fintech and blockchain; deposits and liquidity; relationship lending and small business finance; consumer finance and payment systems; syndicated lending and securitization; bank performance and risk; central banks and monetary policy; financial markets and market-making; financial crises and systemic risk; governance of financial institutions; international banking; and financial regulation.


Conference Organizers:

  • Lamont Black – DePaul University
  • Elijah Brewer – DePaul University

Advisory Committee:

  • Allen N. Berger – University of South Carolina
  • Charles Calomiris – Columbia University
  • Robert DeYoung – University of Kansas
  • Mark J. Flannery – University of Florida
  • Iftekhar Hasan – Fordham University
  • Joseph G. Haubrich – Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Randall Kroszner – University of Chicago
  • Steven Ongena - University of Zurich
  • Greg Udell – Indiana University
  • Larry Wall – Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta