Some additional details on the Special Issues for the Rio  conference. Please note in all cases papers for the SI must have been presented at the conference. While we have a preference for papers that have emerging and global south settings as a major focus, this is not a requirement. 


  • Finance Research Letters Special Issue on Fintech and Banking ; Guest editor: Lars Norden, Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration
    The recent advances in information technology and big data have triggered a process that is changing the financial industry and blurring its boundaries to non-bank financial services providers. This special issue of Finance Research Letters will capture frontier research on Fintech and its implications for banking. The recent advances in information technology and big data have triggered a process that is changing the financial industry and blurring its boundaries to non-bank financial services providers. Recent and expected developments, innovations and policy initiatives in this area provide ample need and opportunities for research. Examples of topics and research questions that contributors may want to address are (any other research on Fintech and banking is also welcome): Fintech adoption by banks; Impact of Fintech on information production and lending; Fintech, relationship and transactional lending; Fintech and financial inclusion; Collaboration between Fintech companies, non-banks and banks; Open Banking and privacy; Fintech and social media; New payment systems; Fintech, shock transmission and financial instability.


  • International Review of Financial Analysis - Green and Climate influences on Corporate Debt Choices ; Guest Editor Viviana Fernandez, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Chile
    • Papers that address the following are especially welcome 
      • Existence and effects of "greenium's" in corporate debt
      • Bank corporate debt lending and bank strategies around ESG
      • Intersection of macroprudential and national climate strategies and their influences on corporate debt choice 
      • Corporate debt maturity and "the tragedy of the horizon"
      • Decomposing E, S and G in ESG oriented corporate debt
      • Climate transition risk and corporate debt issuance and spread
      • Climate risks and corporate debt maturity
      • Corporate debt hedging for green and climate challenges


  • International Review of Economics and Finance- Climate Risk, Central Bank Mandates and Inflation; Guest Editor Helder Ferreira de Mendonça,  Fluminense Federal University , Brazil. 
    • Papers that address the following are especially welcome 
      • Climate proofing central bank mandates 
      • Greening and climate proofing central bank monetary operations
      • Climate Risk and financial stability
      • CBDC’s and climate change 
      • Monetary-fiscal policy alignment around climate risk
      • Interaction of climate change and inflation
  • JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS Digital Finance: Transforming Financial Landscapes for Companies and Households

Digital finance has revolutionized the landscape of financial services, offering efficient and innovative ways to access financial products and services. This has the potential to significantly benefit companies and households, particularly those in emerging countries, by improving financial inclusion, promoting the development of accessible financial services, and creating new financing opportunities for firms.

Digital payments enable instantaneous money transfers domestically and internationally, while reducing transaction costs in product and financial markets. The adoption of digital assets, such as cryptocurrencies, virtual coins, and tokens, is also on the rise in retail and wholesale markets. However, the full extent of this revolution on various aspects of finance is not yet entirely comprehended.

This special issue aims to shed light on the recent trends, challenges, and opportunities of digital finance. We invite both theoretical and empirical research on digital finance, covering topics such as, but not limited to:

- The social impacts of digital payments and financial inclusion;

- The effects of new international digital payments on foreign trade, FDI, and portfolio investments;

- The impact of digital finance on the growth of non-financial companies in emerging economies;

- Attitudes and behavior toward the adoption of digital finance;

- Open Finance and digital payments;

- Changes in firms’ currency exposure and hedging as an effect of faster international payment systems;

- The impact of Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) on non-financial firms and households;

- The rise of new digitally-enabled financial products (tokens, etc.);

- Financial crime risk, anti-money laundering (AML), and fraud controls under digital finance;

- Faster payments and corporate liquidity management;

- The emergence of payment Fintech start-ups and competition with traditional banks;

- The impact of new technologies, such as blockchain, on payment arrangements.



  • Global Finance Journal : Under the Guest Editorship of Aurelio Vasquez, Diego Amaya and Alex Horenstein, Global Finance Journal will be dedicated to papers dealing with the “Evolution and Resilience of Latin America n Financial Markets.” We will waive our submission fee for all papers included in the program of the First Elsevier Finance Conference. A more detailed call for papers is available here