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28th Mitsui Finance Symposium: Labor and Corporate Finance 

June 7-9, 2018

Mitsui Life Financial Research Center is organizing the 28th Mitsui Finance Symposium: Labor and Corporate Finance, to be held June 7-9, 2018, at Ross School of Business, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Conference Overview: We invite paper submissions on the theme of Labor and Corporate Finance. Sample topics include but are not limited to: 

  • Labor and corporate governance
  • Interrelationships between wages, employment, and financial policy
  • Risk sharing between employees and the firm
  • Role of firms in explaining broad labor market trends
  • Effects of human capital and worker mobility on financial policy and governance
  • Effects of financial market regulations on human capital investment and job reallocations

Best Discussant and Best Paper Awards: Each paper will be assigned to a discussant. Two awards will be given out, one for best paper, and one 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, June 7, and ends with lunch on Saturday June 9, 2018. 

Paper Submissions: Electronic submissions of unpublished papers (PDF format) can be made via the conference website The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2018, and authors of accepted papers will be notified by April 16, 2018. Each paper should contain an abstract and provide author affiliations and contact information. Travel (economy class) and accommodations will be paid for speakers, discussants, and invited faculty and students. Questions can be addressed to the Mitsui Center Administrator, Dru Bartos, at

Program Committee: 

External: Ashwini Agrawal (London School of Economics), Efraim Benmelech (Northwestern University), Alan Benson (University of Minnesota), Nittai Bergman (Tel Aviv University), Marianne Bertrand (University of Chicago), Emily Breza (Harvard), Charlie Brown (University of Michigan), Jen Brown (University of British Columbia), Jonathan Cohn (University of Texas at Austin), Andrew Ellul (Indiana University), Charlie Hadlock (Michigan State University), Camelia Kuhnen (University of North Carolina), Inessa Liskovich (University of Texas at Austin), Yao Lu (Tsinghua University), David Matsa (Northwestern University), Marco Pagano (University of Naples Federico II, CSEF and EIEF), Vincenzo Quadrini (University of Southern California), Elena Simintzi (University of British Columbia), Christopher Stanton (Harvard), Geoffrey Tate (University of Maryland), David Thesmar (MIT), Vikrant Vig (London Business School), Danny Yagan (University of California, Berkeley)

Internal: E. Han Kim (co-chair, University of Michigan), Paige Ouimet (co-chair, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Martin Schmalz (University of Michigan), Jagadeesh Sivadasan (University of Michigan), Stefan Zeume (University of Michigan)


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