FIRN Conference - The Art of Finance
Congratulations to the 2016 FIRN Conference IJMF Best Paper Prize Winners
  • Dr Jacque Humphrey - paper titled "Commitment to Change or Greenwashing? Mutual funds response to environmental, social and governance initiatives"
  • Dr Juan Sotes Paladino - paper titled "The invisible hand of internal markets in mutual fund families"
PhD Job Market Travel Grant Winners
    Congratulations to the FIRN PhD Travel Grant recipients.  Students will participate in the new job market sessions at the FIRN Conference.

  • Nhung Le (LA TROBE)
  • Wei-Ting Pan (UTS)
  • Zheyeo (Terry) Pan (UQ)
  • Mardy Chiah (MONASH)
  • Jincheng (Emma) Zhang (UNSW)

5th year Birthday Party for FIRN Director

A special conference
dinner has been arranged this year to celebrate FIRN's 5th birthday achievements under the directorship of Professor Renee Adams and to say farewell. 
This year's dinner venue is the award winning magical and spell binding location of "Flames of the Forest".  Set amongst the deep rainforests of North Queesland the location is not accessible by public road thus guest will need to be specially coached in to this magical place which is a world away from civilisation.  It is a magical dreamtime location with strong indigenous connections for the local aboriginal groups.  Dinner is served under ancient trees within a chandalier drapped wonderland surrounded by fire pits and flaming lanterns.  The menu is also special with an aray of traditional and tropical Aboriginal foods.  This is the ultimate cultural experience and guests will be treated to an intimate story telling experience by local Aboriginal leaders whose ancestors once walked these lands for many thousands of years.  Come along and enjo
y this unique dining exprerience at this year's conference - cost is normally $250pp but FIRN members who register do not have to pay anythging and your guests/partners only have to pay $100 to attend this once in a life time experience.

To finalise our celebrations a birthday party has been organised for the final farewell reception at Sunrise overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean and set in the heart of Palm Cove the FIRN members (free) and guests ($100) + kids (free) can join in the birthday celebrations eat, drink and dance the night away.

International Program Committee

Thank you to this year's international program committee for their help in reviewing all of the submitted papers. 

Elena Asparouhova (University of Utah); Steven Baker (University of Virginia); Geert Bekaert (Columbia); Gennaro Bernile (Singapore Management University); Ekkehart Boehmer (Singapore Management University); Oliver Boguth (Arizona State University); Alice Bonaime University of Kentucky); Geoff Booth (Michigan State University); Paul Brockman (Lehigh University); Stephen Brown (New York University); Murillo Campello (Cornell); George Cashman (Texas Tech University); Simba (Xin) Chang (Nanyang Technological University); Chris Clifford (University of Kentucky); David Ding (Massey University); Jesse Ellis (North Carolina State University); Joseph Fan (Chinese University of Hong Kong); Daniel Ferriera (London Business School); Mike Gallmeyer (University of Virginia); Stuart Gillan (University of Georgia); Vidhan Goyal (Hong Kong University of Science &Technology); John Griffin (University of Texas, Austin); Kristine Hankins (University of Kentucky); Jarrad Harford (University of Washington); Jay Hartzell (University of Texas, Austin); Burton Hollifield (Carnegie Mellon University); John Hund (Rice University); Shane Johnson (Texas A & M University); Andrew Karolyi (Cornell); Patrick Kelly (New Economic School, Moscow); Usha Mittoo (University of Manitoba); Thomas Moeller (Texas Christia University); Micah Officer (Loyola Marymount University)); David Reeb (National University of Singapore); Eric Renault (Brown University); Jay Ritter (University of Florida); Chip Ryan (Georgia State University); Carola Schenone (University of Virginia); Laura Starks (University of Texas, Austin); Toni Whited (University of Rochester); David Yermack (New York University)

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Working Papers on SSRN

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Research Events & Speakers

28-29  October @ MELBOURNE
Asset Pricing Research Group meeting
Keynote Speaker: Professor Jean Helwege, J. Henry Fellers Professorship of Business Administration, Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina.

12-15  November @ PALM COVE
Annual “Art of Finance” Conference
Location: Hotel Grand Chancellor Resort & Spa, Palm Cove NQ

PhD Courses and Presenters

Completed for 2015

The F.E.W. Group

Announcing the new Deputy Director of the F.E.W. Portfolio from 2016 is Associate Professor Kathy Walsh.