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Econdat Conference 2024

Bush House, Strand Campus, London

09MayECONDAT 2024 event image

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The availability of large novel data sources and advanced computational modelling techniques, coupled with the recent boom in generative artificial intelligence and large language models, have the potential to significantly transform economic research. Questions regarding the deployment and how to best exploit such technologies are gaining traction within academic and policy circles.

This conference brings together practitioners from varying backgrounds (economics, data science, statistics, computer science) to discuss such topics. It is the latest event of the ECONDAT Program jointly organised by the Bank of England (BoE), the European Central Bank (ECB), the Data Analytics for Finance and Macro Research Centre (DAFM) at King’s College London, and the Central Bank Research Association (CEBRA).

The ECONDAT consolidates wider efforts by multiple central banks and international organisations to create a community of researchers across a diverse set of fields and institutions (academic and non-academic). These interactions are targeted at fostering an environment that will spur cutting-edge research and tools of relevance to a community of academics, policymakers, and statistical agencies.

Agenda may be subject to changes. 

Day 1

8:15 - 8:45

Registration and Coffee

8:45 - 9:00

Opening remarks

George Kapetanios (King's Business School)

9:00 - 10:30

Session 1: Central Bank communication

Chair: Andreas Joseph (Bank of England)

Navigating Uncertainty: An Examination of the Bank of England’s Mixed-Strategy Response to Brexit

Arno Hantzsche

Discussant: tbc.

Monetary Policy and Financial Markets: Evidence from Twitter Traffic

Davide Romelli (Trinity College Dublin)

Discussant: Seung Jung Lee (Federal Reserve Board)

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30

Session 2: Nowcasting

Chair: Aristeidis Raftapostolos (King's Business School)

Multidimensional Dynamic Factor Models

Filippo Pellegrino (Imperial College London)

Discussant: Aristeidis Raftapostolos (King's Business School)

Nowcasting with Signature Methods

Samuel Cohen (University of Oxford)

Discussant: Eurydice Fotopoulou (International Monetary Fund)

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 14:30

Keynote: Incorporating Micro Data into Macro Models using Pseudo VARs

Gary Koop (University of Strathclyde)

Chair: Daniele Massacci (King's Business School)

14:30 - 16:00

Session 3: News

Chair: Seth Leonard (System2)

Crash Narratives

Dasol Kim (Office of Financial Research Treasury)

Discussant: Nico Forteza (Bank of Spain) 

Can Media Narratives Predict House Price Movements?

Firmin Ayivodji (University of Montreal) 

Discussant: Seth Leonard (System2)

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 - 18:00

Session 4: Generative AI

Chair: Livia Silva Paranhos (Bank of England)

Bank Run, Interrupted: Modeling Deposit Withdrawals with Generative AI

Sophia Kazinnik (Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond)

Discussant: Caio Augusto Raduy Koslyk (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Against Spurious Sparks – Dovelating Inflated AI Claims

Patrick Altmeyer (TU Delft)

Discussant: Arno Hantzsche

18:00

Drinks reception and poster session

Day 2

9:00 - 9:30

Registration and Coffee

9:30 - 11:00

Session 5: Forecasting and Central Bank information

Chair: Anastasia Mantziou (The Alan Turing Institute)

Fed Transparency and Policy Expectation Errors: A Text Analysis Approach

Mark Vandergon (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

Discussant: Firmin Ayivodji (University of Montreal) 

Do Anecdotes Matter? Exploring the Beige Book through Textual Analysis from 1970 to 2023

Seung Jung Lee (Federal Reserve Board) 

Discussant: Anastasia Mantziou (The Alan Turing Institute)

11:00 - 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:45

Session 6: Financial markets

Chair: Nikoleta Anesti (Bank of England)

Effects of Information Overload on Financial Markets: How Much Is Too Much?

Ilknur Zer (Federal Reserve Board)  

Discussant: Nikoleta Anesti (Bank of England)

Shifting the Yield Curve for Italian Banks

Dario Ruzzi (Bank of Italy)

Discussant: Ilknur Zer (Federal Reserve Bank)

12:45 - 13:00

Closing remarks

Swati Dhingra (London School of Economics and External member of the Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England)

13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch


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