2022 GSU-RFS FinTech Conference Call for Papers

Conference dates

18 Feb 2022 - 19 Feb 2022


Atlanta, GA


In recent years, FinTech, or financial technologies, have been rapidly developing and reshaping business practices and the financial services industry. In parallel, emerging technologies, e.g., machine learning and big data methods, have also been increasingly applied in the study of financial economics. Such developments have generated considerable interests in the new and important research area of FinTech and emerging technologies.

Following the success of the first two FinTech conferences, the Department of Finance in the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and the Georgia FinTech Academy, together with the Review of Financial Studies will jointly host a third annual FinTech conference. The conference will be held on February 18-19, 2022 at the Buckhead Center of Georgia State University in Atlanta. The conference is highly selective. We received around 300 high-quality submissions in total for the past two conferences and 12 papers are selected each year for the program.

To optimize interactions among researchers, we plan to hold the conference in person. Nonetheless, we will keep safety in mind and follow the guidance provided by the government at the time.

We invite submission of theoretical and empirical papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:
- Emerging technologies and methods in corporate finance and investment research
- Machine learning and AI applications in financial economics
- Analysis of big data (e.g., alternative, unstructured, and high-dimensional data)
- Textual analytics
- Big data applications in novel topics such as climate finance, ESG, and the Covid-19 pandemic
- Blockchain technology, smart contracts, and digital currencies
- Alternative lending technologies/models in FinTech
- Financing innovations (e.g., crowdfunding, ICOs)
- Disruption by FinTech on traditional financial services and implications for the digital economy
- Regulatory issues and challenges in FinTech

The submission deadline is October 25, 2021. Co-sponsorship with the Review of Financial Studies offers authors a dual submission option. The authors are encouraged to choose to submit to both the conference and the Review of Financial Studies but can also choose to submit to the conference program only. The RFS will make dual submission decisions prior to the conference dates in February.

Review of Financial Studies Sponsoring Editors: Itay Goldstein (University of Pennsylvania) and Manju Puri (Duke University)

Program Chairs: Baozhong Yang, Sean Cao, and Zhen Shi (Georgia State University)
Keynote Speaker: Itay Goldstein (University of Pennsylvania)

Program Committee:
External Members
Lauren Cohen (Harvard University)
Will Cong (Cornell University)
Zhi Da (University of Notre Dame)
Ed deHaan (University of Washington)
Joseph Engelberg (University of California at San Diego)
Vincent Glode (University of Pennsylvania)
John Griffin (University of Texas at Austin)
Umit Gurun (University of Texas at Dallas)
Campbell Harvey (Duke University)
Jie He (University of Georgia)
Zhiguo He (University of Chicago)
Gerard Hoberg (University of Southern California)
Jiekun Huang (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
Byoung-Hyoun Hwang (Cornell University)
Wei Jiang (Columbia University)
Kose John (New York University)
Suraj Srinivasan (Harvard University)
Kai Li (University of British Columbia)
Ye Li (Ohio State University)
Tim Loughran (University of Notre Dame)
Gustavo Manso (University of California at Berkeley)
Maureen O’Hara (Cornell University)
Markus Pelger (Stanford University)
Christine Parlour (University of California at Berkeley)
Uday Rajan (University of Michigan)
Alberto Rossi (Georgetown University)
Kelly Shue (Yale University)
Ilya Strebulaev (Stanford University)
Neng Wang (Columbia University)
Michael Weber (University of Chicago)
Russ Wermers (University of Maryland)
Andrew Wu (University of Michigan)
Wei Xiong (Princeton University)
Mao Ye (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
David Yermack (New York University)
Xiaoyan Zhang (Tsinghua University)
Guofu Zhou (Washington University at St. Louis)
Haoxiang Zhu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Internal Members at GSU
Vikas Agarwal
Hamed Amini
Rasha Ashraf
Hadiye Aslan
Sean Cao
Mark Chen
Matt DeAngelis
Lixin Huang
Omesh Kini
Scott Murray
Chip Ryan
Zhen Shi
Yusen Xia
Baozhong Yang
Vincent Yao

Submission Guidelines
Authors should submit an electronic version of the paper in PDF format no later than October 25, 2021. There is a submission fee of $50. Submission information is at the conference webpage:
Paper selection will be finalized by early January 2022. The RFS dual submission decisions will be finalized before the conference dates in February.

Review of Financial Studies Dual Submission Option

Submissions to the conference can also be submitted to the Review of Financial Studies under its dual review system (free of charge), with the same submission deadline of October 25, 2021. Authors must indicate on the conference submission website whether they are interested to have their paper considered under this dual review option with the RFS. For more details about the dual submission policy of the RFS please see http://sfs.org/dualsubmissionpolicy/