The 13th Biennial ATHENIAN POLICY FORUM CONFERENCE

In the wake of the 2008 U.S. financial crisis, the current European sovereign debt crisis, and the recent political and social turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa Region, the 13th biennial APF conference will address those asymmetries in post financial, political and debt crises. Interestingly enough, while some developed and emerging economies have weathered well the consequences of those crises, others were severely negatively affected by those crises. If so, this APF-Lebanese joint conference hopes to bring many North American, Mediterranean, and European scholars together to share their experiences with one another. Especially, in light of the current slow and uneven global economic recovery, the scholars and practitioners at this conference should discuss all aspects of global economic, political and financial asymmetries, with emphasis on appropriate economic policies needed to address the sovereign debt crisis of the EU, the persistently social and political unrest in the Middle East, the quantitative easing measures in the US and the EU and their implications on exchange rates, growth and unemployment.
Economic, political, and institutional asymmetries, however, have far greater reach, going beyond just financial and debt crises. Many general topics in macroeconomics, development and finance touch on political and social asymmetries. For example, developmental issues on growth, production and the inefficient allocation of resources, pricing inefficiencies in commodity and energy markets, and frequent market failures are all current issues of interest. Similarly, macroeconomic issues on persistent high unemployment, global monetary and fiscal stability, the future of the euro, and the role of China and India in the global economy are also important. Furthermore, financial issues on macro-prudential regulation via Basel III, the Dodd-Frank Act, sovereign debt management, banking and corporate deleveraging, regulation on money management, and future of investment banking and universal banking are major topics of interest as well.

Authors are invited to submit an abstract or completed papers (in English) in WORD/PDF files, no later than, March 15, 2016, to bitros@aueb.gr. Submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. No submission fee is required. General inquiries regarding the call for papers should be directed also to any member of the local organizing committee.
Notification of acceptance/rejection of submissions will be e-mailed by early April along with a Tentative Program. Authors of accepted papers must commit to attending the conference by May 15, 2016. There will be a registration fee of 100 euros per participant to cover the cost of coffee breaks and a luncheon, payable at the beginning of the conference.