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Conference in Survey Design and Measurement in Development Economics
Conference on Entrepreneurship and Growth 
Conference on
 The International Financial Crisis: Have the Rules of Finance Changed? 

Conference on Measurement, Promotion, and Impact of Access to Financial Services
Conference on Risk Analysis and Management
Small Business Finance–What Works, What Doesn’t?  
Conference on Measuring Bank Regulation and Supervision
Conference on Access to Finance
Conference on
 
 Bank Regulation and Corporate Finance: Challenges for the Future 
Conference on  The Financing of Corporations in Emerging Countries
Conference on Small and Medium Enterprises: Overcoming Growth Constraints
Conference on Bank Privatization
Conference on Bank Concentration and Competition
Financial Globalization: A Blessing or A Curse?
Workshop on Taxation of Domestic Financial Intermediation (TDFI)
Conference on Deposit Insurance
Does Financial Structure Matter?


Conference in Survey Design and Measurement in Development Economics  
December 10-11, 2009
This two day conference with seven sessions, each touching on a unique aspect of measurement. Scholars discussed topics including the reliability of recall and self-reported data, as well as methods for improvement such as the use of diaries and Personalized Digital Assistants (PDAs). Potential improvements in data quality, the speed of data delivery, and cost-effectiveness through alternative methods of survey were explored; the use of electronic questionnaires was examined and compared to traditional paper surveys. Sampling methods to reduce attrition in panel data and more effective follow-up strategies were evaluated.  Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Development Economics, co-edited by the conference organizers.

Conference on Entrepreneurship and Growth explored government regulations and reforms, private sector initiatives, and financial sector developments that affect the creation of new firms, the average size of firms, and the dynamism of incumbent firms on November 19-20, 2009 .

A conference on The International Financial Crisis: Have the Rules of Finance Changed?, co-sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the World Bank, took place on September 24, 2009 to September 25, 2009 to examine the recent global financial upheaval, whether financial principles seem to have shifted in recent years, and what that may mean for international financial markets and regulation. Agenda

Conference on Measurement, Promotion, and Impact of Access to Financial Services held in Washington, DC on March 12-13 2009.

Conference on Risk Analysis and Management  A conference on risk analysis and management, jointly with the IMF, was held on October 2-3, 2008. Also a special issue of the Journal of Banking and Finance Volume 33, Issue 11, Pages 1949-2174 (November 2009) was published on the same topic.Back to top



Small Business Finance–What Works, What Doesn’t? 
May 5-6, 2008, World Bank
The aim of the conference was to bring together academics, practitioners and policy makers to discuss (i) lending techniques and products for small enterprises, (ii) market structure and small enterprise financing, (iii) government role’s in fostering small firms’ access to finance and (iv) alternatives to bank finance.

 Conference on Measuring Bank Regulation and Supervision
On October 26, 2007 a half-day seminar discussed "Measuring Bank Regulation and Supervision"; strengths and shortcomings of this data, its analysis, and the resulting policy implications. 

Conference on Access to Finance
A joint conference with the World Bank Economic Review, was held on March 15 and 16, 2007 in Washington, DC. 

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Bank Regulation and Corporate Finance: Challenges for the Future (October 26-27, 2006)
World Bank conference on Bank Regulation and Corporate Finance: Challenges for the Future, was held October 26-27, 2006 at the World Bank in Washington, DC and included a Special Symposium for the Journal of Financial Intermediation.

The Financing of Corporations in Emerging Countries, March 28-29, 2006
Leora Klapper organized a conference on emerging market finance with Robert Bruner and Wei Li of the Darden Business School and Campbell Harvey of Duke University. The conference was held on March 28-29, 2006 at the World Bank in Washington, DC and included a Special Symposium for the Journal of Financial Economics. Topics were not limited to the internationalization of capital markets, role of foreign debt in emerging market financing, foreign bank entry and lending activities, exchange rate risk management and derivatives markets, venture capital, private equity financing and FDI, foreign institutional investors and ADRs, foreign investment and corporate governance. 

Please note that this conference replaces a previously announced World Bank conference "Foreign Lending and Investment in Emerging Markets", to have been held on May 25-26, 2005.

Conference on Globalization and Financial Services in Emerging Economies
Conference on Globalization and Financial Services in Emerging Economies sponsored by the Journal of Banking and Finance  and The World Bank, Washington DC, June 20-21, 2005.

Financial globalization has deepened in recent years, with emerging economies participating actively, but not always smoothly, in this process. Emerging countries have issued significant amounts of debt and equity in the international financial markets. There has also been a marked increase in trade and FDI in international financial services activities and a consolidation of financial institutions, with foreign banks playing a predominant role. This process has been aided by international policies (such as the General Agreement on Trade in Services) and by governments’ efforts to liberalize and deregulate the financial sectors, open the capital accounts, and emulate the performance of the financial systems in developed countries.

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The determinants of financial globalization and its effects on the financial systems of emerging economies have been studied from very different angles by the finance/financial development literature and the open macroeconomics/international finance literature. But the interaction between scholars in these two strands of the literature has been rather sparse. This conference will bring together researchers from the two disciplines, policymakers, and practitioners to present and discuss the challenges and opportunities that globalization poses to the financial services industry in emerging economies. The experiences of different regions of the world, in particular those of East Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, will be discussed and/or compared.

Workshop on Entry, Entrepreneurship and Financial Development Held January 10-11, 2005 in Washington D.C., this workshop was sponsored by the NYU Stern Global Business Institute and the Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and the World Bank's Financial Sector.  More...

Conference on Small and Medium Enterprises: Overcoming Growth Constraints
Held October 14-15, 2004 in Washington D.C., this conference included the following sessions: (i) SMEs and Economic Development (ii) Financing Constraints faced by SMEs (iii) Determinants of Firm Size and Growth (iv) Relaxing the Constraints: Country Cases (v) Firm Entry and Entrepreneurship (vi) Relaxing the Constraints: Case Studies (vii) Panel Discussion. More...

The availability of external finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is a topic of significant research interest to academics and an issue of great importance to policy makers around the globe. The conceptual framework to which most of the current research literature adheres has proven to be quite helpful to advancing our understanding of the markets for providing funds to SMEs in both developed and developing nations.

Conference on Bank Privatization
Held on November 20-21, 2003 in Washington D.C., this conference included sessions on (i) The Economics of Bank Privatization, (ii) Bank Privatization in Latin America, (iii) Bank Privatization in Africa and the Middle East, (iv) Bank Privatization in Asia, (v) Bank Privatization in Transition Countries, and (vi) Cross-Country Analysis. More...  

The empirical evidence clearly shows that state owned banks are far less efficient than privately owned banks, and that state domination of banking imposes increasingly severe penalties on those countries with the largest state banking sectors. On the other hand, there is little in the empirical record to suggest that privatization alone transforms the efficiency of divested banks, especially when these are only partially privatized. Privatization generally improves performance, but by far less than is typically observed in studies of non-financial industries.

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Conference on Bank Concentration and Competition
Held on April 3-4, 2003 in Washington D.C., this conference presented research that studied the impact of bank concentration, regulations, ownership and institutional development on (i) financial stability, (ii) bank margins, and (iii) firms’ access to financing. The objective was to better understand the different elements that contribute to the overall level of banking competition, benchmark bank competition/concentration around the world, and investigate the different trade-offs involved in decisions regarding regulatory interventions to alter market structure. More...  

Financial Globalization: A Blessing or A Curse?
Held on May 30-31, 2002 in Washington D.C., and co-sponsored by The Center for Financial Studies, the Elliott School for International Affairs at the George Washington University, and the World Bank, lthis conference addressed the mixed opinions on the outcome of financial globalization.   More...

Workshop on Taxation of Domestic Financial Intermediation (TDFI)
This workshop was held on April 8-9, 2002 to discuss the chapters of an upcoming volume on TDFI, resulting from a research project whose original proposal was the subject of a virtual conference within the Bank during the Summer of 2000.  More...

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Conference on Deposit Insurance
Held on June 8-9, 2000 in Washington D.C., this conference presented the results of a research project that empirically analyzes the impact of deposit insurance on banks, on the stability of the banking system, and on the way a country's financial system evolves. More...  

Does Financial Structure Matter?
Held on February 10-11, 2000 in Washington D.C., this conference addressed important issues such as the unresolved debate about whether markets or bank-based intermediaries are more effective at providing financial services. More...  

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