Fourteenth Annual VSB Mid-Atlantic Research Conference in Finance Program

Mid-Atlantic Research Conference in Finance Program

The Villanova School of Business invites finance researchers to attend the Fourteenth Annual Mid-Atlantic Research Conference in Finance (MARC).  This 1-day, 1-track MARC meeting on Friday, March 22, 2019, will be held at Bartley Hall, Villanova University, from 8:15 am until 5:00 pm.  We will be sharing high quality research papers in all areas of finance through a 1-day conference which will include Prof. Laura Starks of U. of Texas as our keynote luncheon speaker. Also, we will have two additional distinguished speakers, Allen Berger(U. of South Carolina) and Russ Wermers (U. of Maryland).

In previous conferences, we have benefited from presentations by keynote speakers such as Professors Viral Acharya, Franklin Allen, David Denis, Darrell Duffie, Mark Flannery, Andrew Karolyi, “Pete” Kyle, Michael Lemmon, Robert Stambaugh, Phil Strahan, Rene Stulz, Anjan Thakor, and Ingrid Werner.

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.  If accepted, authors will present their research at the conference which is scheduled for Friday, March 22, 2019.  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.

This year, we will also be co-hosting a second day of conference programming with the addition of The Let’s Democratize Quant Conference, which will be held the day prior to the MARC conference on March 21, 2019 and 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. Please see this site: to learn more about this additional 1-day event.

Paper Submission Process

Electronic submissions, along with a $25 submission fee, should be uploaded via the below link. This year the submission process will be handled by To submit a paper, you will need to have a SSRN account (or create a new one for free at and enter your password for this account when prompted.

You can also contact Professor Michael Pagano at: if you have any questions about the submission process.

The deadline for submission is December 17, 2018.  Authors will be notified on or before February 1, 2019, and authors of accepted papers will be expected to present their papers during the conference on March 22, 2019.  If you have questions about the conference or need further information, please contact Mike Pagano at the above email address.  You can also register for the MARC event at the above conference link after December 17, 2018.


The MARC Conference is organized by Michael Pagano and John Sedunov

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Daniel Cashion, '92 CLAS