From the 21st and the 24th of August, Nova School of Business & Economics (Nova SBE) hosted the 46th European Finance Association Annual Meeting, the biggest Finance conference in Europe. This annual meeting aims to present and discuss research in corporate finance, financial markets and banking. This year the conference took place in Portugal and included 81 sessions and 243 papers presented along three days at Nova SBE, in Carcavelos.
Over these three days, the audience had the possibility to hear personalities like Andreas Hoepner (University College de Dublin), Pedro Matos (Darden School of Business), Adair Morse (UC Berkeley), Zacharias Sautner (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management), Maria José Campos (Millenium BCP), Afonso Eça (Nova SBE), Leonardo Gambacorta (Bank for International Settlements) and Xavier Vives (IESE), among many others. One of the highlights of the conference was Andrei Shleifer’s Keynote Speech. Professor of Economics at Harvard University, Shleifer is one of the most cited economists in the world. He talked about his book, A Crisis of Beliefs: Investor Psychology and Financial Fragility, questioning the audience: «Why are we interested in financial crises? The answer is because there are still a lot of important questions to be answered, like financial stability and risks, beliefs and expectations about economic behaviour and its repercussions».
Miguel Ferreira, Professor and President of Nova SBE Scientific Council, who was also Program Chair EFA 2019, emphasized the role of Nova SBE in the research field. «Over the last 10 years, our school has built a successful team in finance with 14 active researchers. Our identity is framed by a cohesive group where researchers support each other and with a strong emphasis in the development of future young researchers», he stated.