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Fifteenth Annual Conference
15th Annual Conference of the
Multinational Finance Society
July 6 - 9, 2008, DoubleTree Guest Suites, Walt Disney World® Resort Orlando, Florida, USA 



Feature Speakers

Laurence Booth – University of Toronto, Canada
"Modern developments in Corporate Finance"

James McDonald – Brigham Young University, USA
"Probability Distributions in Finance: Estimation, VaR and Pricing"

Gordon Sick – University of Calgary, Canada
"Real Options in Capital Budgeting"




Program Chairs


Samuel Szewczyk – Drexel University, USA
Panayiotis Theodossiou – Rutgers University, USA


Sponsored by

School of Economics and Management
Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

LeBow College of Business
Drexel University, USA

School of Business-Camden
Rutgers University, USA


Conference Objective

The objective of the conference is to bring together academic researchers, educators and practitioners from various international institutions to focus on timely financial issues and research findings pertaining to industrialized and developing countries.


Areas of Interest

Papers in all areas of finance dealing with developed and developing countries are welcome. Specific topics include, but are not limited to:

International Asset Market Structures; Financial Regulation and Liberalization; Financial Bubbles; Microstructure of Developed and Emerging Markets for all Asset Classes; Linkages Between Stock and Foreign Exchange Markets; Foreign Exchange Market Arbitrage; Extremes and Value at Risk; International Portfolio Management and Pricing Models; International Regulation and Performance of Financial Institutions and Money Managers; The Role of Information in Financial Decisions; International Capital Structure Issues for Firms; Initial and Seasoned Public Offerings and Equity Restructuring; Investment Banking and Issuing of Corporate Securities; Financial Reporting, Financial Accounting Mergers, Acquisitions, Corporate Restructuring and Takeover Defences; Corporate Ownership, Control, Governance and Compensation and Firm Performance; Cost of Bankruptcy and Financial Distress; Macro Finance, including Inflation and Monetary Policy; The Term Structure of Interest Rates; Behavioural Finance.


Doctoral Student Tutorials and Presentations

The Multinational Finance Society is offering special tutorial lectures for advanced finance doctoral students working on their dissertations. The lecture speakers will be Professor Laurence Booth on "Modern developments in Corporate Finance", Professor James McDonald on "Probability Distributions in Finance: Estimation, VaR and Pricing" and Professor Gordon Sick on "Real Options in Capital Budgeting". Following the lectures participating students will have the opportunity to present and discuss their research with our feature speakers and other senior members. Financial support will be provided to a limited number of registered doctoral students not sponsored by their institutions.


Paper and Thesis Submission Guidelines

Please email by Februaryanuary 25, 2008 a copy of a Completed or Nearly Completed Paper or a Detailed Dissertation Proposal (PDF format) to mfs@camden.rutgers.edu and szewczsh@drexel.edu. The email’s subject should correspondingly read: Paper Submission - MFC2008 or Thesis Proposal - MFC2008. The cover page should include the affiliation, address, phone and email of each author and the appropriate JEL classifications. Each participant agrees to serve as a discussant of a paper of his/her own area of interest, if needed.


Further Information

Further information regarding the conference, accommodations, feature speakers, travel arrangements, fees and other activities will be published on the MFS website as needed.


DoubleTree Guest Suites

DoubleTree Guest Suites is the only all-suite hotel in the Walt Disney World® Resort and has the following advantages over the neighboring hotels: the suites are a spacious 643 square feet versus their 342 square foot standard rooms, mini fridges, microwaves, dining tables with four chairs, two TVs, and a queen-size sleeper sofa. The rate for standard suites is $129 / night. It offers a state-of-the-art fitness room, Budget Rent-A-Car in the lobby and complementary parking, among other things.


Program Committee

Samuel Szewczyk (Co-Chair) – Drexel University, USA
Panayiotis Theodossiou (Co-chair) – Rutgers University, USA
Manuel J. Rocha Armada – University of Minho, Portugal
George Athanassakos – University of Western Ontario, Canada
Panayotis Alexakis – University of Athens, Greece
Turan Bali - Baruch College, CUNY
Jan Bartholdy - University of Aarhus, Denmark
G. Geoffrey Booth – Michigan State University, USA
Laurence Booth – University of Toronto, Canada
Ephraim Clark - Middlesex University Business School, UK
George Constaninides - University of Chicago, USA
André Dorsman – Nyenrode University, Netherlands
Robert Faff - RMIT University, Australia
Gikas Hardouvelis – University of Piraeus, Greece
Mehmet Baha Karan – Hacettepe University, Turkey
Johan Knif – HANKEN, Finland
Lawrence Kryzanowski – Concordia University, Canada
Ian Liu, Capital University, USA
Dalia Marciukaityte, Louisiana Tech University, USA
James McDonald - Brigham Young University, USA
Christos Negakis - University of Macedonia, Greece
Edgar Ortiz - UNAM, Mexico
Kate Phylaktis - Cass Business School, UK
Gordon Sick - University of Calgary, Canada
Wei-Ling Song, Louisiana State University, USA
Waqar Ghani, Saint Joseph's University, USA
Uzi Yaari - Rutgers University, USA
Lucy Chernykh, Bowling Green State University, USA
Zaher Zantout, American University of Sharjah, UAE

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