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SUERF/UniCredit Foundation Research Prize

The SUERF/UniCredit Foundation Research Prize was inaugurated in 2013, and rewards outstanding papers, up to two prizes, submitted on a specific topic. The prize is open to papers completed within 12 months of the entry deadline by authors and co-authors who are citizens or residents/students in the EEA, Switzerland or other countries in which UniCredit is present, aged under 35 by the closing date of the competition. The winning papers are presented at a joint workshop. www.unicreditfoundation.org

6th SUERF/UniCredit Foundation Research Prize

Call for Papers
Deadline for Submissions: 15 October 2018

Green finance

Motivation
Green finance has become a much discussed topic over recent years. Important initiatives and reports have been put on the table. Central banks and financial firms have formed networks on green finance, think tanks have specialized on the subject, and events on the topic are numerous. But the markets are still in their infancy and volumes compared to overall financial markets are small. This call for papers offers young researchers to present their work on this relatively new and promising field of research.

Content of submissions
This call for papers invites original research – theoretical, empirical or policy-oriented – on aspects relevant for the above topic. Some examples of fields of research include:

  • Development of markets for green finance – What volumes are needed? What drives supply and demand of green finance instruments?
  • Impediments for green finance, and how to overcome them
  • Pricing of green financial instruments, risks embedded in them
  • Metrics to classify financial instruments as “green”
  • Data gaps and requirements, use of big data and AI to generate new relevant data related to green finance
  • Role of regulation for green finance
  • Climate stress testing: methods, data, experience, results, implications for financial firms, markets, regulators and supervisors
  • Role and activities of central banks with respect to green finance
  • Effectiveness/efficiency of green finance to support decarbonisation, compared to other measures
  • Evaluation of existing initiatives and reports towards greening the financial system
  • Case and pilot studies of specific countries, central banks, financial firms

This list is non-exhaustive, other contributions fitting into the overall topic are welcome.

Formal Requirements and Procedure for Submissions
The SUERF/UniCredit Foundation Research Prize is open to authors and co-authors who are citizens or residents/students in the EEA, Switzerland, and other countries in which UniCredit is present (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Serbia, Turkey) and born after 30 September 1983. Prizes of EUR 2,500 gross will be awarded to up to two outstanding papers on topics related to this call for papers. The winning papers will be presented at a SUERF/UniCredit Foundation Workshop to be held at Vienna University of Economics and Business in December 2018 or January 2019 (date to be confirmed). Subject to agreement by the authors, SUERF and the UniCredit Foundation, the papers and/or policy-oriented shortened versions (e.g. SUERF Policy Note) may be published on the organisers’ respective websites.

Applications should be submitted through the online submission form on the UniCredit Foundation website at https://www.unicreditfoundation.org/en/proposals/SUERF-UniCredit.html in PDF format by 15 October 2018, in English. Applications should be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae including the candidate’s date of birth and a copy of current identity documents that confirm the author’s/authors’ date of birth(s) and eligibility. The prize is open to papers that have been finalised within the last 12 months prior to the deadline for submissions. Full terms and conditions of entry can be downloaded from the SUERF and UniCredit Foundation websites.

Document: CfP - Green Finance

 

2017 Prize Winners

The 5th SUERF/UniCredit & Universities Foundation Research Prize was awarded to two outstanding papers (each of EUR 2,500) submitted to a Call for Papers on the topic of  “Current and future topics in sovereign debt markets": Sergio de Ferra, Stockholm University, for his paper "External Imbalances, Gross Capital Flows and Sovereign Debt Crises", and Malin Gardberg, Erasmus University Rotterdam, for her paper "Linking net foreign portfolio debt and equity to exchange rate movements".

The papers were presented in a workshop at WU Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business) on 25 January 2018. 


Previous Awards

2016 Prize Winners
The 4th SUERF/UniCredit & Universities Foundation Research Prize was awarded to two outstanding papers (each of EUR 3,000) submitted to a Call for Papers on the topic of  “Asset management at crossroads”. Heiko Jacobs (University of Mannheim) with the paper "Beta and Biased Beliefs" and  Mancy Luo (Ph.D. candidate in finance at Tilburg University) with the paper "Financial Product Design and Catering: Evidence from the Global Mutual Fund Industry were awarded at a  SUERF/UniCredit & Universities Foundation workshop held in Vienna on 26 January 2017, at WU University (Vienna University of Economics and Business).


2015 Prize Winners
Given the technical complexity of the issue, "The future of retail banking", the Scientific Committee has selected only one prize. The winner is Miguel Faria-e-Castro with the paper "Central Bank Interventions, Demand for Collateral, and Sovereign Borrowing Costs" co-authored by Matteo Crosignani e Luis Fonseca. The winning paper will receive €5,000 gross and will be presented during the annual UniCredit & Foundation Award ceremony in June 2016, in Milan.


2014 Prize Winners
2nd SUERF/UniCredit & Universities Foundation Research Prize on the topic of "Reregulation of the financial sector – economic consequences, costs and benefits":
Ettore Panetti
, Banco de Portugal, and Elena Mattana, Université catholique de Louvain-CORE, were awarded for their paper on "A dynamic quantitative macroeconomic model of bank runs".
Roberto Robatto, University of Wisconsin Madison, was awarded for his paper on "Financial crises and systemic bank runs in a dynamic model of banking".



2013 Prize Winners
1st SUERF/UniCredit & Universities Foundation Research Prize on the topic of "Banking and Financial Markets between Integration and Segmentation after the Crisis":
Jean-Edouard Colliard
, ECB, was awarded for his paper on "Monitoring the supervisors: optimal regulatory architecture in a banking union".
Lena Tonzer, European University Institute and Manuel Buchholz, IWH Halle and University of Tübingen, were awarded for their paper on "Sovereign credit risk co-movements in the Eurozone: Simple interdependence or contagion?".




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