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International, world-class scholars share their expertise

The Department of Economics and Finance has recently hosted world-class, international scholars from elite universities in the US to give seminars.

Examples include the editor of the Journal of Economic Theory, Professor Guillermo Ordonez from the University of Pennsylvania as well as other professors from Wharton, Cornell, Princeton, MIT Sloan, Columbia, Chicago Booth and NYU Stern sharing their latest research outputs. Seminars covered important topics including fintech, equality issues in bank lending, market movements during Covid-19, climate change and finance.

Colleagues’ networks and online seminar talks since Covid-19

The departmental seminars reflect and reinforce our colleagues’ academic networks. Despite the pandemic, the internet and social media helped to maintain an excellent stream of academic events and interaction. The same happened to our departmental seminars. With the departmental seminars having moved to Zoom, this allowed the organisers to invite more speakers from the US without cross continental travelling. In the future, hybrid (online and in-person) seminars could also be an option to maintain such interactions with top institutions from other countries in the world.

A bridge to international top institutions/research scholars

The departmental seminars help build a bridge to top international institutions and research scholars. Led by Professor Angel Hernando-Veciana/Dr Xian Gu in 2020-2021 and Dr Xian Gu/Dr Nikos Paltalidis in 2021-2022, the seminar series has created opportunities for our colleagues to interact with top scholars. The one-to-one meetings with speakers after the seminars have created even further opportunities to exchange new ideas and possibly collaborate in future. An example of this is thetwo recent seminars where Drs Gu and Paltalidis met with the speakers from MIT Sloan and Columbia Business School to further discuss related research questions around shadow banking and bond markets.

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