Ideas for Developing Asia and the Pacific

Call for Papers on Bridging Investment Gaps Through Fintech

Bridging Investment Gaps Through Fintech
Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Asian Development Bank, Institute of Global Finance—University of New South Wales, Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research, and National University of Singapore Business School
Singapore

The Asian Development Bank Institute, Asian Development Bank Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Institute of Global Finance–University of New South Wales (IGF—UNSW), Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research, and National University of Singapore Business School invite paper submissions on bridging investment gaps in fintech for presenting at a co-hosted conference in Singapore on 10-11 September 2020. The event is associated with the 33rd Australasian Finance and Banking Conference on Fintech, Innovation, Financial Stability, and Prosperity in Sydney, Australia in December 2020, hosted by IGF and the UNSW School of Banking and Finance.

Background

Rapid advances in financial technology are opening ways to bridge long-term investment gaps. For example, fintech can increasingly help to address the estimated multi-trillion dollar infrastructure investment gap in Asia and the Pacific by facilitating project identification, design, financing, implementation, and insurance, thereby attracting private investors and minimizing related risks. This, in turn, could increase the overall efficiency of long-term finance and related projects, for instance, through public-private partnerships.

Digital tools such as peer-to-peer based lending, blockchain technologies, big data, tokenization, cryptocurrencies, and crowdsourced financing can also help to mobilize the long-term finance needed by groups such as small and medium-sized enterprises and women-led startups.

To maximize these and other opportunities to bridge long-term investment gaps and boost sustainable and inclusive development, it is imperative that policy makers consider the challenges associated with rapid advances in fintech, including their implications for financial stability, cyber security, and data protection.

Paper Topics

The conference will bring together policy makers and researchers to explore issues, opportunities, and challenges embedded in fintech and identify possible policy considerations at national and regional levels to narrow existing financing gaps.

Empirical and theoretical paper topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • How fintech can improve the domestic and international mobilization, distribution, and allocation of financial resources to address development gaps and long-term investment needs
  • How fintech can facilitate infrastructure investment, including in areas such as project identification, design, financing, implementation, and insurance
  • Policies and regulations needed to promote the long-term investment benefits offered by fintech, while minimizing the potential challenges and risks, such as ensuring consumer protection, data privacy, and financial stability

Submission Procedure

Original, unpublished manuscript drafts should sent to [email protected] and [email protected] with the subject line “ADBfintech_{your last name}_{paper title}” by 30 June 2020.

Authors of accepted papers will be notified by 24 July 2020. Only authors of selected manuscripts will be notified.

Authors of selected papers will be invited to the related conference in Singapore on 10-11 September 2020. The Asian Development Bank will cover the cost of one round trip economy class airfare, hotel accommodation, and daily subsistence allowance for the duration of the conference for one author per accepted paper, of who must be a citizen of an ADB member country.

Authors of selected papers presented at the Singapore conference may be invited to be present them at the 33rd Australasian Finance and Banking Conference on Fintech, Innovation, Financial Stability, and Prosperity in Sydney on 15-17 December 2020. Selected papers will also be considered for publication in SSRN as part of the joint working paper series of the Asian Development Bank and Institute of Global Finance.

Paper Selection Committee

  • Peter Morgan, Asian Development Bank Institute
  • Cyn-Young Park, Asian Development Bank
  • Fariborz Moshirian, Institute of Global Finance–University of New South Wales
  • Bernard Yeung, Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research