Asian Finance Association 2011 International Conference
It is with great pleasure that we extend our warmest welcome to the delegates of the 2011 conference of the Asian Finance Association. On behalf of the conference organizing institution (University of Macau) and Asian Finance Association we would like to thank you for whole-heartedly supporting this year’s conference.
We would like to thank our keynote speakers, Professor Sheridan D. Titman of University of Texas at Austin, Professor Maureen O’Hara of Cornell University, and Professor Alexander Ljungqvist of New York University for gracing the occasion with their presence and insightful keynote addresses. The program chairs, Professors Rose N. Lai of University of Macau, S. Ghon Rhee of University of Hawaii, and Anand Srinivasan of National University of Singapore, together with the several program committee members and paper reviewers worked extremely hard to ensure that we have a high quality program. The association’s president, Professor David K. Ding, has been instrumental in many ways and provided guidance to all of us involved in the process of putting together a very stimulating conference. The conference owes its success to their collective efforts and ideas.
A special note of thanks goes to the staff and graduate students of University of Macau, the conference host. In particular, Professor Minghua Liu and his colleagues, Kitty Chim, Belinda Chu, Sonia Hoi, Jennifer Lao, Sharon Lao, Carla Leong, Matilda Ng, and Lewis Tam, have tirelessly devoted much of their personal time to provide the much needed support to the conference organization. They have worked very hard to ensure that all details are well taken care of.
We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the 80 paper reviewers of the program committee for devoting their valuable time to carefully select the papers. This year, we received a total of 285 papers. Each paper went through a double blind review process. Approximately, 48% of the submitted papers made it into the final program. We highly appreciate the critical role played by the reviewers in providing a quick turnaround.
Without the generous support of our sponsors and partner institutions, this conference would not have been possible. We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of CFA Institute, GTA, HKUST, ISB, KoiKei Food Co, Ltd., Macao Government Tourism Office, PACAP Research Centre, PBFJ, SMU and University of Southern Queensland.
We invite you to participate actively in the conference and to explore the sights and leisure activities that only Macau can provide. It is our hope that this conference will facilitate networking and foster new ideas. Have a great conference!