IWFSAS 2017 Program

The workshop program will include formal discussions of all papers selected for presentation. The keynote address is delivered by Professor Anjan V. Thakor, John E. Simon Professor of Finance, Olin Business School, Washington University in St Louis.

Arrival of Participants

Opening Remarks

Session 1: Predicting Financial Distress and Macro-Prudential Policy
Chair: Paul Schure (University of Victoria)
Calibrating Macroprudential Policy To Forecasts Of Financial Stability
Scott A. BRAVE (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago) and Jose A. LOPEZ (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)
Discussant: Valerio PESIC (Sapienza University of Rome) 

Financial Stability, Growth And Macroprudential Policies
Chang MA (Johns Hopkins University)
Discussant: Sami BEN NACEUR (International Monetary Fund) 

How To Predict Financial Stress? An Assessment Of Markov Switching Models
Thibaut DUPREY (Bank of Canada) and Benjamin KLAUS (European Central Bank)
Discussant: Chang MA (Johns Hopkins University)

Coffee break

Session 2: Financial Institutions and Systemic Risk
Chair: Alina CARARE (International Monetary Fund) 
Complex Financial Institutions And Systemic Risk
Elisa LUCIANO (University of Torino) and Clas WIHLBORG (Chapman University)
Discussant: Thierry WARIN (HEC Montreal) 

Systemic Risk and Regulatory Compliance
Rym AYADI (HEC Montreal), Sami BEN NACEUR (IMF), Barbara CASU (City, University of London) and Barry QUINN (Queen’s University)
Discussant: Evren DAMAR (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) 

The Interlink Of Macro-Prudential Policy, Banking Characteristics, and the Lending Channel of Monetary Transmission
Elis DERIANTINO NAIBORHU (University of Warwick)
Discussant: Willem Pieter DE GROEN (Centre for European Policy Studies and Euro-Med Economists Association)

Lunch at Le Cercle

Session 3: Keynote Address
“The Role of Bank Capital and Culture in Financial System Architecture”
Speaker: Anjan THAKOR, John E. Simon Professor of Finance, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis

Coffee break

Session 4: Diversity, Sustainability and Social Responsibility in Banking
Chair: Basma MAJERBI (University of Victoria and CSSI)
Banks And Environmental Sustainability: Some Financial Stability Reflections
María NIETO (Banco de España)
Discussant: Marco BARDOSCIA (Bank of England) 

Are Mergers Among Cooperative Banks Worth A Dime? Evidence On Post-M&A Efficiency In Italy
Paolo COCCORESE (University of Salerno), Giovanni FERRI (LUMSA University, Rome) and Fabiola SPINIELLO (University of Salerno)
Discussant: Barry QUINN (Queen’s University) 

Determinants Of Failures Of Credit Unions And Commercial Banks: Similarities And Differences
Luis DOPICO (Macrometrix) and James WILCOX (University of California at Berkeley)
Discussant: Michel KEOULA (IRCCF, HEC Montreal)

Evening Program at Museum Pointe-à-Callière & Restaurant l’Arrivage

In celebration of the 375th anniversary of city of Montreal, our evening program (by invitation only) will take place at the “Musée Pointe-à-Caillière” (Montreal archeology and history complex). The Program includes a guided tour of the museum followed by dinner at the restaurant L’Arrivage overlooking the Old Port of Montréal.

Both the museum and the restaurant will be closed to the public during our visit.
A bus transfer will be offered to participants leaving HEC Montreal at 5:30pm.
More details on the evening program will follow.

Session 5: Contagion, Stability and TBTF Banks
Chair: Jean ROY (HEC Montreal) 
Ethics versus Ethos in US and UK Megabanking
Edward KANE (Boston College)
Discussant: Giovanni FERRI (LUMSA University, Rome) 

The Decline of Solvency Contagion Risk
Marco BARDOSCIA (Bank of England), Paolo BARUCCA (University of Zurich), Adam BRINLEY CODD (Bank of England) and John HILL (Bank of England)
Discussant: Jose A. LOPEZ (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco) 

A Theory of Endogenous Asset Fire Sales, Bank Runs, and Contagion
Zhao LI (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and Kebin MA (University of Warwick)
Discussant: Paul SCHURE (University of Victoria) 

Financial Volatility, Currency Diversification and Banking Stability
Justine PEDRONO (CEPII and Aix-Marseille School of Economics)
Discussant: Maxwell TUULI (McGill University)

Coffee Break

Session 6: Beyond Banks: Markets And Other Financial Institutions
Chair: Vikas MEHROTRA (University of Alberta) 
Reversals in Global Market Integration and Funding Liquidity
Amir AKBARI (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Francesca CARRIERI (McGill University) and Aytek MALKHOZOV (Federal Reserve Board of Governors)
Discussant: Justine PEDRONO (CEPII and Aix-Marseille School of Economics) 

Stock Loan Lotteries and Individual Investor Performance
Jordan MOORE (University of Rochester)
Discussant: Vincent Gregoire (University of Melbourne) 

Investment Commonality Across Insurance Companies: Fire Sale Risk And Corporate Yield Spreads
Vikram NANDA (University of Texas at Dallas), Wei WU (California State Polytechnic University) and Alex ZHOU (Federal Reserve Board of Governors)
Discussant: Vikas MEHROTRA (University of Alberta)

Lunch at Le Cercle

Session 7: Public Panel Discussion
“Financial Systems Diversity And Stability: What Regulatory Challenges?”

Moderator: Rym AYADI (HEC Montreal & IRCCF)


  • Harald Benink, Professor of Banking and Finance, University of Tilburg; Senior research associate at the Financial Markets Group, London School of Economics (LSE), and Chairman of the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee
  • Edward Kane, Professor of Finance, Carroll School of Management, Boston College and Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Reinhard H. SCHMIDT, Professor of Banking and Finance, University of Frankfurt
  • Gouro Sall-Diagne, Principal Director of the Supervision of Deposit-taking Institutions, Autorité des Marchés Financiers du Québec
  • Alain Leprohon, Vice President Finance, Desjardins Group

Closing Speech
Speaker: Patrick DÉRY, Superintendent, Solvency, Autorité des Marchés Financiers du Québec

Closing Remarks
Cocktail in Hydro-Québec Atrium

Information for presenters, discussants & session chairs

  • For paper presenters: Please allow for a maximum of 15min to present your paper.
  • For discussants: Please allow for a maximum of 10min to comment on the paper. You are encouraged to prepare a formal presentation of your discussion and include suggestions to authors on how to improve their papers.
  • For session chairs: Please allow for 5min Q&A from the audience before you move to the next paper in your session.