Asian Finance Association International Conference 2010
On behalf of the conference host (the HKUST Business School) and the conference organizing institution (the NIDA Business School of the National Institute of Development Administration in Bangkok, Thailand), we would like to extend our warmest welcome to all delegates near and far to the 2010 conference of the Asian Finance Association (AsianFA) in Hong Kong. Thank you for supporting this year’s conference despite the myriad difficulties that many of our economies are currently facing – financial, political, environmental or otherwise. This year’s conference has been particularly difficult to organize as it was originally scheduled to be held in Bangkok, Thailand. Due to the political situation there and the expression of concern from many of you, the organizing committee made an unprecedented decision to take a poll among authors of accepted papers on the possibility of relocating the conference to Hong Kong. The rest, as you know, is history. Thank you for your confidence in the association and for supporting the organizing team.
We want to thank our keynote speakers, Professor Ravi Jagannathan of Northwestern University, Professor Andrew Karolyi of Cornell University, and Professor Avanidhar Subrahmanyam of UCLA for gracing the conference with their presence and keynote speeches. The program chairs, Professors Sudipto Dasgupta of HKUST and S. Ghon Rhee of SKKU and the University of Hawaii, together with the many program committee members and paper reviewers, colleagues and student helpers, worked very hard to ensure that a high quality program is put together. The association’s President, Professor Kalok Chan, has been instrumental in providing guidance to all involved throughout the process. They have each worked very hard to collectively put together the entire program and to ensuring that all details have been well taken care of. Without them, there would have been no conference.
A special note of thanks goes to the staff and graduate students of NIDA and HKUST. In particular, John Shibata, Vesarach Aumeboonsuke, Suthawan Prukumpai, and Eva Lao have tirelessly sacrificed much of their personal time to provide the much needed support to the conference organization.
A big “thank you” goes to the 132 paper reviewers that form the program committee for accepting the job that takes away valuable hours from their own research activities. This year, a total of 455 papers were submitted. Each paper went through a double-blind review process. Of the submitted papers, 165 (approximately 36%) made it into the final program. The quick turnaround by the reviewers has certainly helped in expediting the process of putting the program together. The work of the reviewers, who play a critical role in the quality of the conference, is very much appreciated.
Running a conference of this nature and magnitude would not have been possible without the generous support of our partner institutions, including the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Principal International, Thomson Reuters, the Sandra Ann Morsilli Pacific-Basin Capital Markets Research Center at the University of Rhode Island and the CFA Institute. Their contributions are gratefully acknowledged.
We invite you to participate actively in the conference and to explore the excitement that only Hong Kong can provide. We’re sure that you will not be disappointed. Have a great conference!