EFA Doctoral Workshop

Alongside the EFA Annual Meeting, a one-day EFA Doctoral Workshop (EFA-DW) is organized for PhD students in their second or third year. EFA recently launched an educational workshop series on New Frontiers in Finance – featuring a different theme topic each year. The EFA-DW is held in parallel with the EFA Doctoral Tutorial (EFA-DT) on the same day the EFA Annual Meeting officially starts, preceded the evening before by a networking welcome dinner. During the EFA-DW, research on the selected Finance topic(s) is summarized in lecture presentations by leading professionals, and potential directions for future research are discussed. The aim is to explore lesser-known areas of Finance and provide a solid background for PhD students interested in pursuing research in these fields.

2021 EFA Doctoral Workshop (Milan)

Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 
Theme Topic: FinTech – Blockchains & Cryptocurrency
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Program & Call

The EFA Doctoral Workshop is re-scheduled for Wednesday, August 25, 2021. This one-day workshop will study the new FinTech area of digital currency and blockchains, which has become one of the fastest growing research areas in Finance. We will examine research into the architecture of distributed ledgers, decentralized consensus protocols, and smart contracts, as well as the governance issues connected to them. Uses of cryptocurrency in payments, entrepreneurial finance (ICOs), remittances, and capital market clearing and settlement will be explored. Additional sessions will consider research into the performance of digital assets as investments and the emergence of stablecoins as potential rivals to sovereign fiat currencies, among other topics. This EFA-DW will highlight the most important research published to date on these topics and look closely at emerging regulation and FinTech data sources.

Application & Guidelines

Application for this EFA Doctoral Workshop will reopen in 2021 on February 15th and close on March 15th at 13:00 CET (Central European Time). Note that applications with supporting documents can only be submitted during this one-month period. For details, please consult the EFA-DW Info & Guidelines.

Decision notifications will be delivered by mid-May 2021 to confirm which PhD students have been selected to participate in the 2021 EFA Doctoral Workshop on FinTech – Blockchains & Cryptocurrency.

NOTE: More details on the 2021 EFA-DW event will be posted on this website as the information becomes available.

Chair & Invited Speakers


For any inquiries regarding the EFA-DW, please send an e-mail to: phd-efa@european-finance.org.

Recent Events

Below are listed recent EFA-DW locations, dates, and relevant links.

46th EFA Annual Meeting – Carcavelos, Portugal – August 21, 2019
3rd EFA-DW 2019 (Carcavelos): ESG / CSR / SRI
Chair: Laura Starks (University of Texas at Austin)
Invited Speakers: Zacharias Sautner (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management); Philipp Krueger (University of Geneva | Swiss Finance Institute)

45th EFA Annual Meeting – Warsaw, Poland – August 22, 2018
2nd EFA-DW 2018 (Warsaw): Household Finance
Chair: Johannes Stroebel (NYU Stern School of Business)
Invited Speakers: Theresa Kuchler (NYU Stern School of Business); Joe Vavra (Chicago Booth)

44th EFA Annual Meeting – Mannheim, Germany – August 23, 2017
1st EFA-DW 2017 (Mannheim): Insurance Markets
Chair: Ralph S.J. Koijen (NYU Stern School of Business)
Invited Speakers: Bo Becker (Stockholm School of Economics); Andrew Ellul (Indiana University)

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