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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


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.

Keynote Speaker

Will Cong Portrait

Lin William Cong is the Rudd Family Professor of Management (endowed faculty chair by the Rudd Family Foundation) and Tenured Professor of Finance at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business. He is also the founding faculty director for the FinTech Initiative at Cornell and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is formerly a Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellow, a Poets & Quants World Best Business School Professor, a 2022 Top Quant Professor, a doctoral fellow at the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, and the George Shultz Scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

Program Chairs

(Georgia State University)

(Georgia State University)

Sponsoring Editors of the RFS

(University of Pennsylvania)

(Northwestern University)

2022 Conference Paper Awards

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


The 2022 winners are: 

  • FinTech Ventures Best Paper Prize: “Financial Technology Adoption” by Sean Higgins (Northwestern University) 
  • FinTech Ventures Best Discussant Prize: Tetyana Balyuk (Emory University) discussion the paper “Why Did Small Business FinTech Lending Dry Up During the COVID-19 Crisis?” by Itzhak Ben-David, Mark Johnson, and René M. Stulz
Award Ceremony - 2022 GSU FIntech Conference

2022 GSU-RFS Fintech Conference : At a Glance