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2023 GSU-RFS Fintech Conference

September 22-23, 2023 | Buckhead Center of Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA 

Frontiers of FinTech and Emerging Technologies

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In recent years, FinTech, or financial technologies, have been rapidly developing and reshaping business practices and the financial services industry. In parallel, emerging technologies, e.g., machine learning and big data methods, have also been increasingly applied in the study of financial economics. Such developments have generated considerable interest in the new and important research area of FinTech and emerging technologies.

Following the success of the first three FinTech conferences, the Department of Finance in the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and the Georgia FinTech Academy, together with the Review of Financial Studies will jointly host the fourth annual FinTech conference. The conference will be held on September 22-23, 2023 at the Buckhead Center of Georgia State University in Atlanta. The conference is highly selective. We received more than 150 high-quality submissions for each of the past three conferences and 12 papers are selected each year for the program.

To optimize interactions among researchers, we plan to hold the conference in person. Nonetheless, we will keep safety in mind and follow the guidance provided by the government at the time.

We invite submission of theoretical and empirical papers on the frontiers of FinTech and emerging technologies, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Novel analytic methods: Applications of AI, machine learning, natural language processing, and other novel analytic methods in research for all areas of financial economics, including corporate finance, asset pricing, and financial intermediation
  • Big data: the use of alternative, unstructured, and big data in financial research
  • Digital currencies: CBDCs, stablecoins, and related regulatory and monetary policies
  • DeFi and blockchains: Decentralized financing (DeFi), decentralized exchanges, and other applications of blockchains
  • New financial technologies influencing various sectors of the financial services industry, including PropTech, InsurTech, and RegTech
  • Impact of new technologies: the impact of emerging technologies, including AI, big data, blockchains, and other technologies, on the digital economy and financial markets and the associated regulatory issues

Co-sponsorship with the Review of Financial Studies offers authors a dual submission option. The authors are encouraged to choose to submit to both the conference and the Review of Financial Studies but can also choose to submit to the conference program only. The RFS will make dual submission decisions prior to the conference dates in February.

Program Chairs

(Georgia State University)

(Georgia State University)

Sponsoring Editors of the RFS

(University of Pennsylvania)

(Northwestern University)

Keynote Speaker

(Cornell University)

Paper Awards

Best Paper and Best Discussant Awards were generously sponsored by the FinTech Ventures Fund.

The 2023 winners are: 

  • FinTech Ventures Best Paper Prize: ‘Expected Returns and Large Language Models’ by Dacheng Xiu (University of Chicago)
  • FinTech Ventures Best Discussant Prize: Wei Jiang (Emory University) – Discussant of ‘Social Media as a Bank Run Catalyst’

2023 GSU-RFS Fintech Conference : At a Glance