Inaugural Fintech and Financial Institutions Research Conference

Conference dates

18 Apr 2024 - 19 Apr 2024


The Fintech Innovation Hub at the University of Delaware STAR Campus in Newark, Delaware.


Inaugural Fintech and Financial Institutions Research Conference

Co-Sponsored by: University of Delaware (UD) and The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

The inaugural Fintech and Financial Institutions Conference is a forum for presenting and sharing current research on the connectivity between fintech organizations and the greater financial services system. The conference will focus on enhancing understanding of the economic consequences and impacts, as well as the regulatory implications of the growing fintech sector.

This event is jointly planned and sponsored by the University of Delaware and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Conference Details:
Dates: April 18 (evening only) and April 19, 2024
Location: The Fintech Innovation Hub at the University of Delaware STAR Campus in Newark, Delaware.

The conference aims to foster and facilitate meaningful academic discussions among leading researchers and policymakers in this rapidly evolving field. These conversations will shape the understanding of how business decisions, policy choices, and societal events influence economic outcomes correlated with fintech growth.

The single-track research conference will feature approximately eight paper presentations with insightful comments from invited discussants, as well as audience participation. Members from the community at the new Fintech Innovation Hub, including UD’s graduate students, are invited to join the intellectual exchange.

The Fintech Innovation Hub at the University of Delaware STAR Campus is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive innovation community that prioritizes financial health across the nation. The collaborative activities of the Fintech Innovation Hub will improve society through its research, education, and workforce training leading to employment, community engagement, and economic impact.

Call For Papers
Submissions of high-quality theoretical or empirical research papers exploring aspects related to fintech trends are invited. These may include:
1. Competition and collaboration dynamics between traditional financial institutions and new market entrants
2. Financial stability consequences of the interplay between fintech and traditional lenders (including analysis of the recent fragility episode in the US banking system)
3. Impact on credit supply and pricing for large firms, small businesses, and households
4. Real economy effects of fintech and the financial system's response
5. Inequality issues - disparities across socio-demographic groups and regions
6. Influence of monetary and fiscal policies on fintech firms and financial institutions
7. Governance strategies and structures within fintech, crypto-exchanges, and blockchain organizations
8. The application of AI and ML by traditional and fintech lenders
9. Stablecoin and the real impact of cryptocurrencies
10. Regulatory considerations surrounding fintech and its interactions with the broader financial system
11. The impact of the credit scoring system on underserved communities and alternative credit
assessment systems

Keynote Speaker:
Manju Puri, the J. B. Fuqua Professor of Finance at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University (

Stipend: $1,000 for each paper presenter and each discussant, to defray the costs of attending the
conference (e.g., hotel or air travel)

Best Conference Paper Award: $5,000

Paper Submission Procedure
Papers for the conference should be submitted to
The deadline for paper submissions for the conference is midnight US EST December 15, 2023.

Michael Gelman, University of Delaware
Paul Laux, University of Delaware
Vitaly Meursault, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Program Committee
Joseph Abadi, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Jack Bao, University of Delaware
Isil Erel, The Ohio State University
Xiao Fang, University of Delaware
Laura Field, University of Delaware
Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham, Yale University
Itay Goldstein, University of Pennsylvania
Deeksha Gupta, Johns Hopkins University
Wenli Li, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Marina Niessner, Indiana University
Raluca Roman, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Alberto Rossi, Georgetown University
Philip Strahan, Boston College
James Vickery, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Gloria Yang Yu, Singapore Management University