05 June 2019

Call for Papers - 8th Annual CIRANO-Sam M. Walton College of Business Workshop on Networks in Trade and Finance

Call for Papers: On behalf of CIRANO and the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, the organizers invite papers for the 8th Annual Workshop on Networks in Trade and Finance to be held Friday, October 18, and Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Montreal, Canada.


Theme: Networks are everywhere. Global trade, supply chains, financial markets, the World Wide Web, professional and social communities are examples of interconnected systems that are important to the structure and function of the modern world. Networks are a general yet powerful means of representing patterns of connections or interactions between parts of such systems. The network approach facilitates an understanding of mechanisms and reveals patterns in the data that are difficult to see using other approaches. With this as the leitmotiv, this workshop aims to bring together a group of researchers in the related areas of trade, finance, economic development, sociology, and business, with the following goals:

  • Demonstrate the value of the network approach for generating novel insights into these areas.
  • Foster a cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas and methods within the field of researchers in these areas.
  • Explore the potential for real-world applications of the network approach that will be of value to practitioners in various fields of business and government, such as finance, logistics, healthcare, transportation, communication, economic development, and social media.


Both theoretical and applied studies are welcomed.


Submissions: Extended abstracts or papers (completed papers preferred) should be sent to the e-mail address networks.conference@cirano.qc.ca before July 15, 2019. The workshop program will be determined by August 15. For general questions regarding the conference email kali@uark.edu.


Support: There will be no registration or other fees. For those on the workshop program the organizers will provide accommodation for two nights in Montreal. Lunch and dinner during the workshop will be provided for all registered participants. The conference will take place from 9am to 5pm on Friday October 18 and from 9am to 1pm on Saturday October 18. The conference dinner will be on Friday October 18.


Program Committee
Raja Kali, University of Arkansas and CIRANO
Ari Van Assche, HEC Montréal and CIRANO
Ekaterina Turkina, HEC Montréal and CIRANO
Difei Geng, University of Arkansas