2014 Conference

 The 12th INFINITI Conference on International Finance

A Trinity College Dublin & Monash University Event

9-10 June 2014 at Monash University Prato Centre, Prato, Italy

“Global Finance – Integration or Mere Convergence?”



Best Paper Award:

Does Financial Integration Increase Welfare? Evidence From International Household-Level Data

Christian Friedrich, Bank of Canada, Canada


Best Paper in Precious Metals Award:

Exchange-Traded Funds on Gold – A Free Lunch?

Dirk Baur, University of Technology Sydney, Australia


Best Student Paper Award:

On the relation between currency and banking crises in developing countries, 1980-2010

Zhongbo Jing



Keynote Speakers:

 Dirk Schoenmaker, Duisenberg School of Finance, The Netherlands

“How Can We Save International Banking?”

Dirk Schoenmaker is dean of the Duisenberg School of finance. He is also a professor of Finance, Banking and Insurance at the VU University Amsterdam and a member of the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board at the ECB. He is a renowned expert in the areas of (inter)national banking, financial supervision and stability, and European financial integration. He is author of ‘Governance of International Banking: The Financial Trilemma’ (Oxford University Press) and co-author of the textbook ‘Financial Markets and Institutions: A European Perspective’ (Cambridge University Press). He earned his PhD in economics at the London School of Economics.

He is a visiting scholar at the IMF, OECD and the European Commission. Before joining the Duisenberg school in 2009, he had served at the Ministry of Finance in the Netherlands. In the 1990s he served at the Bank of England.


Fabio Canova, European University Institute, Italy

“Using external information to sharpen inference about prediction and policy analysis models”

Fabio Canova obtained his PhD from the University of Minnesota He has been Assistant Professor at Brown University and University of Rochester; Associate Professor at EUI and Brown University; and Full Professor at the Universities of Catania, Modena and Southampton, as well as Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He has held a Chair in Monetary Economics at the University of Bern, has been ICREA Research Professor, and currently holds the Pierre Werner Chair in Monetary Union and is Professor of Econometrics at the EUI. He has been an associate researcher with CREI, CREMeD and Eprism, and is currently a researcher with the CEPR.

Fabio has has taught classes in numerous universities around the world and given professional courses at the Bank of England, Riksbank, Bank of Italy, Bundesbank, ECB, Bank of Spain, Bank of Portugal, Bank of Hungary, Bank of Argentina, Banco do Brazil, Banco de Peru, South African Central Bank, Central Bank of Indonesia, Swiss National Bank, Banco de Mexico, Banco de La Republica de Colombia, Banco de Venezuela, Banco de Chile, Bank of Israel, Monetary and Banking Institute of Iran, Waifem, Cetral Bank of Chile, Central Bank of Korea, Bank of Albania, at the EABCN, at the Central Bank course in Genzersee, the EU commission, the UK Foreign Office and UK treasury, among others. He has held consultancy positions with the Bank of England, the ECB, the Bank of Italy and the Bank of Spain and the IMF.

He is also Program Director of the Budapest School of Central Bank Studies, Director of the International Association of Applied Econometrics, member of the scientific committee of the EABCN, program chair for the European Meetings of the Econometric Society 2014, panelist of ANVUR and a referee for ERC, NSF, ESRC among others.

He is currently coeditor of the Journal of the European Economic Association and of the Journal of Applied Econometrics. He has published over 80 articles in international journals and his graduate textbook, Methods for Applied Macroeconomic Research, was published in 2007 by Princeton University Press.


Download a copy of the programme here: INFINITI 2014 Programme