Emerging Technologies Conference (CETAFE)

Conference on Emerging Technologies in Accounting and Financial Economics

The University of Southern California is pleased to announce the 2019 Conference on Emerging Technologies in Accounting and Financial Economics held Friday March 29th and Saturday March 30th, 2019 at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.

This conference is intended to bring together leading academics doing research related to emerging technologies at the intersection of accounting and financial economics.

Sponsored by the Institute for Outlier Research in Business (iORB), the Leventhal School of Accounting, and the USC Department of Finance and Business Economics

REGISTER HERE. Please register by February 15, 2019.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: In order to have your paper considered for the conference, please submit a PDF version of your unpublished manuscript using the online submission system found HERE before December 1, 2018. Please include a short abstract (no longer than 200 words) at the beginning of the paper so that we can assign it to reviewers. More details below.



Conference on Emerging Technologies in Accounting and Financial Economics

The conference organizers are soliciting papers that utilize innovative or emerging technologies that are relevant to accounting and finance researchers. Ideal papers would have a focus on new technologies, either examining how they affect businesses and markets (1) or use new technologies to study businesses and markets (2). For example:


1)      Research on how new technologies are affecting businesses, financial markets, regulators such as the SEC, and individuals (investors/analysts/managers):


·Algorithmic trading

·Social media

·Peer-to-peer lending, crowdsourcing & microfinance

·Agent-based modeling

·Machine Learning

·Big Data

·Mobile payment systems

·Financial aggregators

·Prediction Markets


·Satellite imaging



2)      Academic research which uses new technologies to study businesses, financial markets, regulators, and individuals:

·Textual analysis

·Network analysis

·Machine learning

·Big Data

·Crowdsourcing (e.g., Mechanical Turk for data collection)

·Tracking information acquisition using internet records (e.g., Google, EDGAR web-search data)

·Voice and facial recognition

·Satellite imaging

·Technologies to prevent data mining and p-hacking


This list of topics is not comprehensive and we will consider related papers that fit into the main themes.


CONFERENCE FORMAT: The conference will take place over two days and involve the presentation of ten papers at the intersection of accounting and financial economics research on emerging technologies.  Authors will have 25 minutes to present, discussants will have 15 minutes, and the audience will have 10 minutes to ask questions. In order to promote cross-disciplinary dialogue, each accepted paper will be discussed by a colleague in another field.


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Two experts, David Yermack from finance and Wayne Guay from accounting, will present keynote speeches and their perspectives on the conference’s main themes.


REVIEW PROCESS: All papers will be reviewed by one finance and one accounting reviewer working in a related area. Authors will be informed of the organizers’ decision by January 31, 2019.


FINANCIAL AID: Discussants and one author for each accepted paper will be offered up to two days of local hotel accommodation.


CONFERENCE COMMITTEE: Gerard Hoberg, Lorien Stice-Lawrence, Kenneth Ahern, Yaron Levi, Dan O'Leary, Forester Wong, T.J. Wong


FURTHER INFORMATION: For further questions, please contact Lorien Stice-Lawrence or Gerard Hoberg at




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