EFA Doctoral Workshop

Alongside the EFA Annual Meeting, the one-day EFA Doctoral Workshop (EFA-DW) is organized for PhD students in their second or third year. EFA launched this 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.

Participants of the Doctoral Workshop may apply for the EFA Travel Grant.  Deadline is June 22, 2022.


2022 5th EFA Doctoral Workshop 

Call for Applications:  February 15 - March 15, 2022 
Notification: early June 
Theme Topic: FinTech – Blockchains & Cryptocurrency 2022 
Venue: IESE Barcelona, Spain 
Format: In person, in Barcelona, unless the decision is taken to hold the Annual Meeting online 
Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2022 
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Program & Call

Call for Applications for the EFA Doctoral Workshop 2022 will open in Februay 2022. This one-day workshop will for a second year study FinTech, 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.

Decision notifications will be delivered by early June 2022 to confirm which PhD students have been selected to participate in the 2022 EFA Doctoral Workshop on FinTech – Blockchains & Cryptocurrency.

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.

48th EFA Annual Meeting – online from Milan, Italy  – August 24-25, 2021
4th EFA-DW 2021 (Milan): FinTech – Blockchains & Cryptocurrency 
Chair: David Yermack (NYU Stern School of Business)
Invited Speakers: Fahad Saleh (Wake Forest University)Amin Shams (Ohio State University)

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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