Impact of Uncertainty Shocks on the Global Economy
Conference and Call For Papers

May 12-13, 2016, London

Following the success of the first London workshop on uncertainty, University College London, University of Leicester and Banque de France will co-organize a second workshop on "Impact of uncertainty shocks on the global economy" during May 12-13, 2016. The workshop will be hosted by the University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together researchers working on various aspects of measurement, modelling, evaluation and analysis of macroeconomic uncertainties, with a special emphasis on the effects of uncertainty on the global economy.

Nick Bloom (Stanford University) and Barbara Rossi (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) have agreed to deliver keynote speeches.

Selected papers presented in the conference will be considered for an expedited review process for a Journal of International Money and Finance special issue titled "Impact of uncertainty shocks on the global economy", which will be scheduled to be published in 2016. The special issue will be edited by Menzie Chinn, Laurent Ferrara and Raffaella Giacomini.

TOPICS: We envisage the conference papers will address, among others, the following topics:
- Various approaches to measuring uncertainty
- Assessing the macroeconomic effects of uncertainty
- The channel of uncertainty in global spillovers
- Conducting monetary policy in times of uncertainty
- Uncertainty and economic policy
- Relationships between international financial markets and uncertainty

The organizers invite submissions in these and related areas.

Wojtek Charemza, Leicester University, UK
Menzie Chinn, JIMF and Wisconsin University, US
Laurent Ferrara, Banque de France, France
Raffaella Giacomini, University College London, UK
Klodiana Istrefi, Banque de France, France
Svetlana Makarova, University College London, UK
Xuguang (Simon) Sheng, American University, US

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Please send full papers to Wojciech Charemza ( and Svetlana Makarova ( Deadline for paper submission is January 31, 2016. Authors of accepted papers will be informed by February 29.

EXPENSES: There is no participation fee. It is expected that participants will cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. We have, however, limited funds available to subsidize expenses of the participants. If your institution cannot fully cover your costs, please enquire while making your submission.

MORE INFORMATION will be available in due course at and

Posted 10/16/15