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Federal Reserve and CSBS Announce Call for Papers for 2015 Community Banking Research Conference


ST. LOUIS ― The Federal Reserve System and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) have issued a call for papers for this year’s Community Banking Research and Policy Conference, which will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis from Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2015.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will give opening remarks at the third annual conference, which will gather community bankers, academics, policymakers, and bank supervisors from across the country to discuss the latest academic research on community banking as well as important policy issues facing the sector.  Other guest speakers will include CSBS President and CEO John Ryan and Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard.

The conference’s research committee is seeking the submission of papers that explore all aspects of community banking, including, but not limited to:

  • The role of community banks in the U.S. financial system: past, present and future;
  • The influence of community banks on economic output and the wellbeing of the businesses and households in the communities they serve;
  • The advantages and disadvantages of the community bank business model;
  • The effects of government policy on community banks;
  • The challenges faced by community banks in the 21st century; and
  • The new opportunities for community banks in the 21st century.

The submission deadline for papers is June 15, 2015.  Authors of accepted papers will be notified by Aug. 15, 2015.  More information can be found on the CBRC 2015 web site.  The call for papers is also being distributed via the Economic Research Network and the Financial Economic Network.