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Financial market development goes hand-in-hand with economic growth. The development of China’s capital markets in terms of size, regulations, capability, and efficiency has been impressive. China may now even lead globally in some dimensions, notably e-payments systems. Yet, China’s capital markets are still a work-in-progress facing both generic and unique challenges. Other Asian capital markets have even greater uneven development. Some in advanced Asian economies have acquired globally acclaimed reputation and capabilities while various regulatory and structural weaknesses dwarf others. Corporations and investors have been inclined to arbitrage cross-border regulatory and developmental gaps; so the very uneven status of capital markets across Asia is a policy issue for the governments in the entire region and perhaps globally. Analyzing the positive and negative lessons in the functioning of Asia’s capital markets, and identifying reforms and applications of technology that could further improve Asian capital markets’ allocation efficiency, financial inclusion, and forewarning against reforms that might cause problems can benefit practitioners, policymakers and researchers, and can contribute significantly to overall prosperity.

The ABFER and the University of Chicago’s Becker Friedman Institute China (BFI-China), in collaboration with National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School, Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Department of Economics, CUHK-Shenzhen and Tsinghua University PBC School of Finance (Tsinghua PBCSF), hope to provide a virtual network to benefit researchers, policymakers, and practitioners from Asia and beyond.

All times are listed in Central Standard Time. A unique Zoom webinar link will be sent to you two days before the event. 


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Each session lasts for an hour (30 minutes for the author, 15 minutes for the discussion, 15 minutes for participants’ Q&A).

 

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
An Overview of China's Financial System and Current Challenges
Wei Xiong, Trumbull-Adams Professor of Finance, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Bendheim Center for Finance, Princeton University
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
An Overview of Asia's E-currency, Related Development, and Pending Intellectual Puzzles
Darrell Duffie, The Adams Distinguished Professor of Management and Professor of Finance and Professor of Economics (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences Stanford University
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The SOE Premium and Government Support in China's Credit Market
Zhe Geng, Shanghai Jiao Tong University - Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance
Jun Pan, Professor of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University - Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance
Zhiguo He (Discussant), Fuji Bank and Heller Professor of Finance, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago; Director, BFI-China
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Going Bankrupt in China
Bo Li, Assistant Professor, Tsinghua PBCSF
Jacopo Ponticelli, Associate Professor of Finance, Northwestern University
Yueran Ma (Discussant), Assistant Professor of Finance and Liew Family Junior Faculty Fellow, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
FinTech Adoption and Household Risk-Taking
Claire Yurong Hong, Assistant Professor of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University - Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance
Xiaomeng Lu, Assistant Professor of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University - Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance
Jun Pan, Professor of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University - Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance
John Campbell (Discussant), Morton L. and Carole S. Olshan Professor of Economics, Harvard University

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