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International Conference



Seoul, KOREA, June 16-18, 2013

Athenian Policy Forum (APF)

in partnership with

The Korea Institute of Finance (KIF)


The Athenian Policy Forum (APF) is pleased to jointly sponsor an international conference in Seoul, Korea, with the Korea Institute of Finance (KIF). The APF spirit of discussing and exchanging various ideas on economic and financial asymmetries is well matched with the KIF spirit of analyzing and verifying the same.

Economic and financial asymmetries have received a lot of attention in recent years. The Asian financial crisis of 1997-1998, the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis of 2007-2009, and the current European sovereign debt crisis are a few examples of economic and financial asymmetries in a global scale. Interestingly enough, Asia has so far avoided negative consequences of the recent global crises in the U.S. and Europe, which may be due to its earlier experience of the 1997-1998 crisis. If so, this APF-KIF joint conference hopes to bring many American, Asian, and European scholars together to share their experiences with one another. Especially, in light of the current slow and uneven global economic recovery, the scholars and practitioners at this conference should discuss all aspects of global economic and financial asymmetries.

Economic and financial asymmetries, however, have far greater reach, going beyond just financial crises. Many general topics in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and finance touch on information asymmetries. For example, microeconomic issues on consumer behavior, production and allocation anomalies, markets in health and legal services, pricing efficiencies in commodity and energy markets, frequent market failures, etc. are all current issues of interest. Similarly, macroeconomic issues on persistent high unemployment, global monetary and fiscal stability, the future of a common currency such as the euro, the role of China and India, international economics, etc. are also important. Furthermore, financial issues on macro-prudential regulation via Basel III, the Dodd-Frank Act, sovereign debt management, banking and corporate deleveraging, regulation on money management, and future of investment banking and universal banking are major topics of interest as well. Of course, the ethical, behavioral and political dimensions of economic and financial asymmetries should be also considered.

For these reasons and more, this first-ever APF-KIF joint international conference would like to call for papers that cover any and all aspects of economic and financial asymmetries. An abstract is due by March 31, 2013, and a final paper by May 15, 2013. Please send them to: Professor Jin Choi at [email protected] A few selected papers will be published in either the Journal of Economic Asymmetries or an edited book as part of the APF Global Economic Asymmetries Series.


Sunday, June 16, 2013 

Visit to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) in the morning (Optional) 

Opening Reception in the evening 

Monday, June 17, 2012 


Tuesday, June 18, 2013 


Closing Reception and Dinner 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 

Visit to Samsung Electronics or Hyundai Motor Company (Optional) 

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