Conference in Finance


Hosted by the Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium
December 16th, 2019

Financial support from the Belgian French speaking community ARC project n°15/20-072 is acknowledged. 

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10:45 – 11:15                       Coffee Break

11:15 – 12: 45 Session chair: Deniz Erdemlioglu, IESEG School of Management, LEM-CNRS

11:15 – 11:55 “The fundamental and Behavioral determinants of stock market integration”, Tristan Jourde (Paris-Dauphine University)

Discussant: Anouk Claes (UCLouvain Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)

12:00 – 12:40 “Firms and Country Determinants of Firm Betas and Contagion” Lieven Baele (Tilburg University), Geert Bekaert (Columbia Business School), Frank de Jong (Tilburg University) and Zilong Niu (Southwestern University of Finance)

Discussant: Alexandre Girard (UCLouvain – Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)


12:45 – 14:00                       Lunch Break


14:00 – 15:45           Session chair: Jean-Yves Gnabo, University of Namur

14:00 – 14:40 “Monetary policy response or globalization: what drives monetary policy rates spillovers” Alexandre Girard (UCLouvain – Brussels), Jean-Yves Gnabo (University of Namur) and Benjamin Peeters (UCLouvain-Brussels)

Discussant: Maela Giofre (University of Turin)

14:45 – 15:25 “The shrinkage after the enlargement: the effects of crises and new members’ inclusion on financial integration in the Euro Area” Maela Giofre (University of Turin) and Oleksandra Sokolenko (University of Turin).

Discussant: Youssef Ghallada (UCLouvain Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)

15:30 – 16:00                       Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30           Session chair: Alexandre Girard, UCLouvain – Saint-Louis – Brussels

16h00 – 16:40 “News Arrival, Stochastic Jump Dynamics, and Realized Volatility” Deniz Erdemlioglu (IESEG – LEM-CNRS), Xiye Yang (Rutgers University)

Discussant: Jean-Yves Gnabo (UNamur)

16:45 – 17:25 “ECB Monetary Policy and Cross-Market Financial spillovers: evidence from large TVP-VAR” Sophie Béreau (UCLouvain, UNamur), Jean-Yves Gnabo (UNamur) and Joey Soudant (UNamur)

Discussant: O.Hubert (Banque de France)


The University of Namur (CEREFIM-DEFIPP) and the Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles (CEREC), Belgium are organizing a conference aiming to bring together economists and econometricians from academia along with central bankers and policymakers to investigate the challenges of economic and financial integration. CEREC will be awarding conference grants to selected participants (see more details below).

We seek both empirical and theoretical policy-relevant papers. Papers are invited for submission on this broad theme, including:

  • Economic integration
  • Financial integration
  • Measuring economic and financial integration
  • Measuring economic and financial spillovers/contagion,
  • Assessing the impact of economic and financial integration,
  • Assessing the impact of economic and financial spillovers/contagion,
  • Spatial econometrics in finance and economics,
  • G-VAR,
  • Spillovers and contagion in DSGE models,
  • Challenges of integration for fiscal, monetary and macroprudential policy.

Submission guidelines:

The authors of the accepted papers will be notified by November 24th 2018.

CEREC Grants: The grants will be distributed on a competitive basis, taking into account the review of the paper.

  • Applicants should send an email with a cover letter to Alexandre Girard before November 21st:
  • The grant will cover all or part of the expenses related to the participation to the conference up to 500 euros.


Organizing committee: Anouck Claes ,Jean-Yves Gnabo and Alexandre Girard



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Brussels, Saint-Louis and getting around


Brussels is very easy to get to. And as in most large cities, as you might expect, it is easy to get around on public transport, by bicycle or on foot. Brussels is a city that you can live in, explore and enjoy without a car!


Getting to Brussels

Getting around Brussels: Guide



Location map


The university is ideally located in the centre of the city with several railway stations within easy reach. It is also located halfway between two of the city’s main public transport stations, Botanique, and Rogier, which offer convenient metro, tram and bus access to and across the entire city.


As a rough guide, the Gare Centrale railway station is located less than 20 minutes away on foot, the Gare du Nord can be reached in 10 minutes on foot and the Gare du Congrès is a just a short distance away on the same metro line as the Gare du Midi (the Gare du Midi is about 10 minutes away on tram).


Brussels metro, tram, and bus (STIB)

Bus (De Lijn)

Bus (TEC)