Thirteenth Annual Mid-Atlantic Research Conference in Finance Program

Mid-Atlantic Research Conference in Finance Program

This year marks the Thirteenth Annual Mid-Atlantic Research Conference in Finance (MARC). The Villanova School of Business invites finance researchers to submit their research for possible inclusion in this increasingly popular MARC event. We are looking to continue our tradition of sharing high quality research papers in all areas of finance through a 1-day conference which will also include a distinguished keynote luncheon speaker.

This year, we will be co-hosting a new, second day of conference programming with the addition of The Democratize Quant Conference, which will be held the day prior to the MARC conference on March 22, 2018and will be more practitioner-oriented, while still maintaining a high degree of depth and an intimate atmosphere that facilitates networking and discussion among practitioners and academic researchers. The program is a joint effort between Alpha Architect and the Villanova School of Business that seeks to turn academics insights into investment performance.  While not required, Democratize Quant attendees, as well as the 2018 MARC attendees, are encouraged to attend both the 1-day practitioner-conference and the 1-day academic-conference.  If you plan to attend both days, then please indicate this when you register for either one of these events.  For those interested primarily in The Democratize Quant Conference, then please click here to learn more and register for this event.

In previous conferences, we have benefited from presentations by keynote speakers such as Professors Viral Acharya, Franklin Allen, David Denis, Mark Flannery, Andrew Karolyi, “Pete” Kyle, Michael Lemmon, Robert Stambaugh, Rene Stulz, Anjan Thakor, and Ingrid Werner. Numerous papers presented at prior conferences have also been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Banking & Finance, and other high quality finance journals.

There will be several sessions during the day, with each session including 2-3 papers that are selected, after peer review, for inclusion in the conference. There will also be an Outstanding Paper Award. This is a selective and competitive process but we look for broad participation among the many excellent academic institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region and around the world. All topics in finance will be considered.

If accepted, authors will present their research at the conference which is scheduled for Friday, March 23, 2018. This is a selective and competitive process but we look for broad participation among the many excellent academic institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region and around the world. All topics in finance will be considered. Possible session topics could include (but are not limited to):

  • Corporate Finance
  • Investments
  • Market Microstructure
  • Derivatives
  • International Finance
  • Financial Institutions
  • Corporate Governance
  • Socially Responsible Investing

Paper Submission Process

This year the submission process will be handled by SSRN.com. To submit a paper, you will need to have a SSRN account (or create a new one for free at SSRN.com) and enter your password for this account when prompted.

You can also contact Professor Michael Pagano at: michael.pagano@villanova.edu if you have any questions about the submission process.

The deadline for submission is December 16, 2017.  Authors will be notified on or before February 1, 2018, and authors of accepted papers will be expected to present their papers during the conference on March 23, 2018. If you have questions about the conference or need further information, please contact Mike Pagano at the above email address.

Organizers

The MARC Conference is organized by Michael Pagano

Finance Seminar Series

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Co-Sponsors

S&P Capital IQ
Wharton

We also appreciate the generous support of
Daniel Cashion, '92 CLAS