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5th South Asian Economic Policy Network Conference: State Intervention in the Financial Sector

February 26-27, 2020

Mumbai, India

  • CALL FOR PAPERS: The Centre for Advanced Financial Research and Learning (CAFRAL) and the World Bank invite papers for the 5th South Asia Economic Policy Network conference on “State Intervention in the Financial Sector”

    Please submit unpublished papers related to the theme above. Some suggested topics for the conference are:

    • What is the rationale and impact of state intervention in the financial sector in South Asia? Are state ownership of banks and other direct approaches appropriate and successful? Do state-owned banks deploy the best instruments and governance structures?
    • The financial systems in Pakistan and India differ in terms of state ownership of banks, but both channel substantial shares of lending to finance the government. Is there any effect of less state-ownership on lending to private borrowers and financial stability?
    • How do publicly- and privately-owned commercial banks differ in terms of assets, liabilities, and efficiency? How do state-owned banks differ from other state-owned enterprises?
    • How are financial sector reforms and macroeconomic developments related in South Asia?
    • What is the role for state owned firms in insurance and asset management markets?
    • Is market efficiency impacted by state involvement in financial firms via insurance and asset management firms?
    • Does the presence of a large state-owned banking and insurance sector impact the development of local corporate bond markets? Does it impact entrepreneurship?

    While extended abstracts will be accepted, the submission of full papers is strongly encouraged.

    Round-trip airfare and accommodation for up to three nights will be fully covered for presenters from South Asia. Limited funding will be available for speakers from other regions.

    For participants unable to attend in person, video conferencing will be made available.

    The conference will feature academic sessions, as well as special lectures, and a policy panel.

    Last Updated: Nov 26, 2019

  • Please submit papers or extended abstracts at: https://www.cafral.org.in/call_for_papers.

    The deadline for submission is December 15, 2019.

    If you have any technical problems during the submission process, please email Mr. Anup Sonawane, IT Manager, CAFRAL at anup.sonawane@cafral.org.in. For any other queries, please contact Rucheta Singh at rsingh33@worldbank.org and Dr. Urvi Neelakantan at urvi.neelakantan@cafral.org.in.

    Selected speakers will be notified by the end of December.

  • Hans Timmer

    Chief Economist for South Asia, World Bank

    Marius Vismantas

    Lead Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank

    Robert Beyer

    Economist, South Asia Chief Economist's Office, World Bank

    Dr. Urvi Neelakantan

    Senior Research Director, CAFRAL

    Dr. Kaushalendra Kishore

    Research Director, CAFRAL

    Dr. Anand Srinivasan

    Additional Director (Research), CAFRAL


  • Topic: State Intervention in the Financial Sector
  • Deadline for Submission: December 15, 2019
  • Submit papers through website below : https://www.cafral.org.in/call_for_papers
  • CONTACT: Rucheta Singh
  • rsingh33@worldbank.org