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2017 Mitsui Symposium

The Mitsui Life Financial Research Center is organizing the 27th Mitsui Finance Symposium: Labor and Corporate Finance, to be held May 18-20, 2017, at University of Michigan Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


We invite paper submissions on the theme of Labor and Corporate Finance.
Recent topics explored have included:

  • Labor and corporate governance

  • Interrelationship between wages, employment, and financial policy

  • Risk sharing between employees and the firm

  • Interplay between cost of capital and cost of labor

  • Effects of human capital and worker mobility on financial policy and governance

  • Effects of financial market regulations on human capital investment and job reallocations

External: Ashwini Agrawal (London School of Economics), Effi Benmelech (Northwestern University), Nittai Bergman (MIT), Jonathan Cohn (University of Texas at Austin), Andrew Ellul (Indiana University), Todd Gormley (Washington University, St. Louis), Charlie Hadlock (Michigan State University), Marcin Kacperczyk (Imperial College London), Yao Lu (Tsinghua University), David Matsa (Northwestern University), Paige Ouimet (University of North Carolina), Marco Pagano (University of Naples Federico II, CSEF and EIEF), Vincenzo Quadrini (University of Southern California), Elena Simintzi (University of British Columbia), David Sraer (University of California, Berkeley), Geoff Tate (University of North Carolina), David Thesmar (MIT/HEC Paris), Vikrant Vig (London Business School), Paolo Volpin (City University London), Josef Zechner (Vienna University of Economics and Business).
Internal:  E. Han Kim (co-chair), Amiyatosh Purnanandam, Martin Schmalz, Jagadeesh Sivadasan, Toni Whited (co-chair), Stefan Zeume, all at University of Michigan.


Best Discussant Awards
Each paper will be assigned to a discussant. Two awards will be given out for best discussion ($2500 each). Awards are based on anonymous votes of the participants at the end of the final session and will be announced at lunch on Saturday.

Full Participation
As we highly value active audience participation, all participants are expected to stay during the entire conference. It has been the norm at past Mitsui symposiums and is encouraged again this year. The symposium begins with a reception on Thursday evening, May 18, and ends with lunch on Saturday May 20, 2017.

Paper Submissions
Submissions of unpublished papers (PDF format) can be made via the submission form. The submission deadline is January 31, 2017, and authors of accepted papers will be notified by March 31, 2017. Each paper should contain an abstract and provide author affiliations and contact information. We expect the selection process to be highly competitive, as only 12 papers will be chosen. Travel (economy class) and accommodations will be paid for speakers, discussants, and invited faculty and students.

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Special Issue of the Journal of Financial Economics
Authors of accepted papers will have the opportunity to submit their papers for inclusion in a special issue of the Journal of Financial Economics. Papers must not be under review at another journal or the JFE, and authors must expressly indicate interest in consideration by the JFE. All papers submitted for this special issue will go through the journal’s regular refereeing process, with the Mitsui Center paying 2/3 of the regular first-round submission fee, and the submitters paying the remainder.