Webinar Series


Next Webinar: 7 December 2022, Wednesday
10:00 am – 11:10 am, Wednesday (Beijing-Singapore Time)
7:30 am – 8:40 am, Wednesday (India Time)
9:00 pm – 10:10 pm, Tuesday (US Time / Eastern Time)
8:00 pm – 9:10 pm, Tuesday (Central Time)

Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, multilevel neural nets, the Internet of Things (IoT) and other digital technologies are transforming the world. They are strengthening innovation and productivity and innovation by rendering the future more predictable and reshaping individual, business, social, and government behavior. Asia leads the world in some of these endeavors, e.g., digital platforms. The OECD lists 40% of big new digital technologies as Asian. Almost half of global digital platform business-to-consumer revenues are Asian, versus only 22% from the U.S. and 12% from the Eurozone. Profound new policy challenges arising, in consequence, include: (i) shifting skills demanded in labor markets and “digital divide” inequality, (ii) AI expanding financial inclusion or encoding inequality, expanding or obscuring accountability, increasing transparency or obscuring amoral decision-making, and (iii) digital privacy, unsanctionable on-line libel, misinformation, manipulation, and propaganda. The ABFER, therefore, plans a monthly e-seminar series spotlighting important new research, particularly the Asia-pacific related, into these issues and providing “state-of-the-art” overviews by prominent scholars. We hope policy makers and practitioners will find the e-seminars helpful and will alert researchers to issues needing attention.

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Upcoming Webinar



Crowdsourcing Peer Information to Change Spending Behavior
Alberto G. ROSSI, Professor of Finance; Director of the AI, Analytics and Future of Work Initiative, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

7 December 2022, 10:00 am (SGT)

Francesco D'ACUNTO, James A. Clark Chair and Associate Professor of Finance, Georgetown University
Michael WEBER
, Associate Professor of Finance, University of Chicago

Tianyue RUAN, Assistant Professor, Department of Finance, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore

Past Webinars

Digitization and Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Opportunities for Policy
Professor of Economics (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; Founding Director, Golub Capital Social Impact Lab, Stanford; Associate Director, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, Stanford University

6 October 2021, 10:00 am (SGT)


David Y. YANG, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Harvard University

3 November 2021, 10:00 am (SGT)

Martin BERAJA, Pentti J. K. Kouri Career Development Assistant Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Noam YUCHTMAN, Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy and Deputy Head of Department (Faculty Development), Department of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science

Matilde BOMBARDINI, Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley


Kohei KAWAGUCHI, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, School of Business and Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

1 December 2021, 10:00 am (SGT)

Toshifumi KURODA, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Tokyo Keizai University
Susumu SATO, Assistant Professor, Research Division of Theories in Economics and Statistics, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University

Ying FAN, Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Michigan

Yao ZENG, Assistant Professor of Finance, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

5 January 2022, 10:00 am (SGT)

Pulak GHOSH, Professor in the Decision Sciences Area, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Boris VALLEE, Torstein Hagen Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

Tiffany TSAI, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, National University of Singapore

Tracy Xiao LIU, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University

9 February 2022, 10:00 am (SGT)

ZhiXi WAN, Professor, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Hong Kong
Chenyu YANG
, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Maryland

Xiaolan ZHOU, Zijiang Endowed Young Scholar, Faculty of Economics and Management, East China Normal University

Money Creation in Decentralized Finance: A Dynamic Model of Stablecoin and Crypto Shadow Banking
Assistant Professor, Department of Finance, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University

2 March 2022, 10:00 am (SGT)

Simon MAYER, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Fama-Miller Center, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

Yubo CHEN, Senior Associate Dean, Professor, and Director of Center for Internet Development and Governance at School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University

Blockchain without Crypto? Linking On-Chain Data Growth to Firm Fundamentals and Stock Returns
Lin William CONG
Rudd Family Professor of Management and Associate Professor of Finance, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Samuel Curtis Johnson College of Business, Cornell University

6 April 2022, 10:00 am (SGT)

Ran CHANG, Assistant Professor of Finance, Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Greg BUCHAK, Assistant Professor of Finance, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Data Privacy and Digital Demand
Long CHEN, President of Luohan Academy

7 September 2022, 10:00 am (SGT)

Yadong HUANG, Economist, Luohan Academy
Shumiao OUYANG, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Economics and Bendheim Center for Finance, Princeton University
Wei XIONG, Trumbull-Adams Professor of Finance, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Bendheim Center for Finance, Princeton University and Senior Fellow, ABFER

Pulak GHOSH, IIMB Chair of Excellence and Professor of Decision Sciences, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

Why are Firms Slow to Adopt Profitable Opportunities?
Sean HIGGINS, Assistant Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

5 October 2022, 10:00 am (SGT)

Paul J. GERTLER, Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics and Professor, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
, Edward J. and Mollie Arnold Professor of Finance, Berkeley Haas and Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
, Assistant Professor, William Newman Department of Real Estate, Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, City University of New York

Jie BAI, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University



Alan P. KWAN, Assistant Professor, HKU Business School, University of Hong Kong

2 November 2022, 10:00 am (SGT)

Ben CHAROENWONG, Assistant Professor in Finance, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore
Zachary T. KOWALESKI, Assistant Professor of Accounting, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin
Andrew G. SUTHERLAND, Ford International Career Development Professor of Accounting and Associate Professor of Accounting, MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Miao (Ben) ZHANG, Assistant Professor of Finance and Business Economics, USC Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California

Session Format

Each session lasts for 1 hour 10 minutes (25 minutes for the author, 25 minutes for the discussion and 20 minutes for participants' Q&A). Sessions will be recorded and posted on ABFER's web, except in cases where speakers or discussants request us not to.


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Organising Committee

Yubo CHEN (Tsinghua SEM), Pulak GHOSH (Indian Institute of Management Bangalore), Mitsuru IGAMI (Yale University), Michael SONG (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), Daniel XU (Duke University), Bernard YEUNG (ABFER and National University of Singapore), Yi HUANG (Fudan University) and Po-Hsuan HSU (National Tsing Hua University)

Collaborating Institutions

ABFER, CUHK-Zhejiang University Joint Research Center on Digital Economy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Department of Economics and Center for Internet Development and Governance, Fanhai International School of Finance (FISF), Fudan University, National Tsing Hua University College of Technology Management and Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management (Tsinghua SEM)