The Third Symposium on Emerging Financial Markets:

China and Beyond 

July 5 & 6, 2014



Guanghua School of Management, Peking University

Bendheim Center for Finance, Princeton University

Emerging Markets Institute, Cornell University

Academy of Finance and Development, Peking University

Review of Financial Studies


Guanghua School of Management, Peking University


This symposium is intended to provide a platform for researchers to discuss fundamental research and policy issues related to emerging financial markets. Emerging economies, including China, India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa and others, have experienced rapid economic growth over the past several decades and they now constitute half of the world’s GDP. Capital markets in those countries have been developed more slowly and insufficiently to fund the expanding growth opportunities. Further, uneven quality domestic institutions impede external capital from satisfying that unmet demand for capital. With these challenges, there has been a growing research interest in using the unique institutional settings and rich data sources in emerging economies to study a range of fundamental questions in finance.

Building on the success of the first two symposia in 2012 and 2013 which focused exclusively on China’s financial development, we broaden the theme of this year’s symposium to study emerging financial markets as a “lab” to study fundamental questions in financial economics, We welcome research not only on China, but also from emerging markets well beyond. Possible topics include (but are not restricted to):

  • ● The unique roles of government and the legal system protecting investors in emerging economies offer new data on corporate governance, organizational form, political economy, and economic performance.
  • ● Capital markets in emerging economies, dominated by individual investors and frequently affected by speculative episodes, offer unique opportunities to study speculative trading, asset price bubbles, and many other issues related to behavioral finance and investor protection.
  • ● The rapid development of financial institutions in recent years provides opportunities to study financial development and its impact on the real economy.
  • ● Housing booms and near collapses offer unparalleled opportunities to study how banks, government stimulus and other sociological factors such as rising inequality and lack of savings vehicles impact the real estate sectors and asset markets.
  • ● The vibrant private equity industry provides a new ground for studying entrepreneurship and technology innovations in a transitional economy.

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Fifth PhD Summer School in Dysfunctional Financial Markets

During the same period, the fifth PhD Summer School in Dysfunctional Financial Markets will be held in the same location. For more information, please see the call for Participation about the summer school.