Boston Recap

The 80th International Atlantic Economic Conference held in Boston, Massachusetts, October 8-11, 2015 brought together economists and finance experts from all around the world to discuss the economic issues of the past, present and future. This year’s conference featured an amazing group of presenters, including Dr. Lee Alston who gave the 2015 William S. Vickrey Distinguished Address. If you attended the conference or you are curious about what you missed follow the links below to view photos taken throughout the conference  and videos of the highlighted events. Special thanks to all who attended!

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Highlights Included:

Lee Alston, 2015 William S. Vickrey Distinguished Address:

Lee Alston is Director of Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Ostrom Chair, Professor of Economics and Affiliated Professor of Law at Indiana University. He is a longtime Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and former President of the International Society for the New Institutional Economics. His research has focused on the important roles of institutions, beliefs and contracts in shaping economic and political outcomes. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, authored seven books, and published more than 70 articles.


Charles Calomiris, Presidential Address:

Charles Calomiris is Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, a Professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, and current President of the International Atlantic Economic Society. He is a member of the Shadow Open Market Committee and the Financial Economists Roundtable, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Calomiris holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. His research spans several areas, including banking, corporate finance, financial history, and monetary economics.


“How can Culture Improve Financial Stability?” Plenary Symposium:

calomiris2Chair: Charles Calomiris is Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions at Columbia Business School, Visiting Fellow at the International Monetary Fund, and current President of the International Atlantic Economic Society. His research includes banking, corporate finance, and monetary economics.



viralViral V. Acharya joined New York University Stern School of Business as a Professor of Finance in September 2008. Prior to joining NYU Stern, Professor Acharya was a Professor of Finance and Academic Director of the Private Equity Institute at the London Business School, a Research Affiliate of the Center for Economic Policy Research and an Academic Advisor to the Bank of England. He was appointed Senior Houblon-Normal Research Fellow at the Bank of England to conduct research on efficiency of the inter-bank lending markets for the summer of 2008.


Anjan Thakor is a Professor of Finance in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to taking this position he was the Edward J. Frey Professor of Banking and Finance at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, where he also served as chairman of the Finance area. He has served on the faculties of Indiana University, Northwestern University, and UCLA. He has worked with many companies, including Whirlpool Corporation, CIGNA, Reuters, AT&T and Tyson Foods. He also served as an expert witness in many federal cases involving banking litigation.


lynn paineLynn S. Paine is John G. McLean Professor and Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School. A member and former chair of the General Management unit, she currently teaches in the Senior Executive Program for China and the executive program on Leading Global Business.  Ms. Paine co-founded the School’s required course on Leadership and Corporate Accountability, which she has taught in both the MBA program and the Advanced Management Program.


Luigi Zingales is Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and President of the American Finance Association. Zingales’ research interests span from corporate governance to financial development, from political economy to the economic effects of culture. His research has earned him the 2002 Nasdaq Award for best paper in capital formation, the 2003 Bernacer Prize for the best young European financial economist, and in 2012 he was named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of FP Top 100 Global Thinkers. 


Best Undergraduate Paper Competition Finalist:


Hameem Raees Chowdhury, University of Warwick, Joint-liability in microcredit: Evidence from Bangladesh View Presentation

Virginia Minni, University of Warwick, Can greater bank capital lead to less bank lending? An analysis of the bank-level evidence from Europe View Presentation

Alexander Billy, St. Vincent College, Granger-causality testing within the Eurozone: Policy analysis of the efficacy of the European Central Bank’s policy tools View Presentation

Evelina Lazareva, Nottingham Trent University, Do rating agencies confirm or surprise the market? Market efficiency hypothesis vs conspiracy theory View Presentation


“Perspectives on Post-Crisis Financial Reform in the U.S. and Europe” Plenary Symposium:

Robert Eisenbeis is the Vice Chairman and Chief Monetary Economist of Cumberland Advisors. He is currently a member of the Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee and Financial Economist Roundtable, and a fellow member of both the Wharton Financial Institutions Center and the National Association of Business Economics. Prior to joining Cumberland Advisors, he was the Executive Vice-President and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, he has also held senior positions at the FDIC and Federal Reserve Board.


Richard Herring is Jacob Safra Professor of International Banking and Professor of Finance at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is also director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and Co-Director of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center. Outside of the University, he is Co-Chair of the U.S. Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee, Executive Director of the Financial Economist’s Roundtable, and a member of the FDIC Systemic Risk Advisory Committee. He has authored more than 100 articles, monographs and books on various topics in financial regulation, international finance, and international banking.


Chair and Organizer: Edward J. Kane is Professor of Finance at Boston College and a longtime Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also founding member of the Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee, a senior fellow in the FDIC’s Center for Financial Research, and consults for the World Bank. He is former President of the International Atlantic Economic Society and currently serves on six editorial boards, including the Atlantic Economic Journal. He has authored three books, and published widely in professional journals.

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