CfP Deadline Date:
October 31, 2021
SUERF and UniCredit Foundation
This call for papers invites original research – theoretical or empirical, academic or policy-oriented – which studies the interaction of COVID, government measures aiming to mitigate firm and household bankruptcies, and the development of non-performing loans; how banks have so far dealt with them; and the role of financial regulation and supervision in smoothing out failures and the impact on banks’ balance sheets while minimizing unjustified delays in bankruptcy proceedings and undue distortions in loan valuations. Some examples for fields of research are:
- Impact of government measures so far to mitigate firm and household bankruptcies
– Systematic collection and classification of measures adopted
– Theoretical and empirical research on the effects, effectiveness and efficiency of the various measures
– Research on side effects of governments’ mitigation measures, such as protraction of bankruptcies and the preservation of “zombie” firms with non-viable business models
– How to optimally phase measures out (experience so far, how to go forward)
- Impact on banks’ NPLs and banks’ related behaviour
– How well prepared were banks to such a shock before the onset of COVID? To what extent have measures taken in the wake of the financial crisis helped mitigate the effects of COVID?
– How has COVID affected firms’ and households’ loan servicing behaviour? Which role did (and will) government measures related to COVID (e.g., moratoria and loan guarantees) play?
– Analysis of COVID-related changes in NPLs and of banks’ responses to them
– How does COVID influence forbearance and the renegotiation of credit contracts? Has COVID encouraged the creation and continuation of “zombie firms”?
– How have loan loss provisions developed? Are they sufficient? How much more will be needed? Or are there in some cases even signs of over-provisioning?
– Have government mitigation measures facilitated or encouraged overly optimistic misrepresentation of loan values in bank balance sheets?
– How should banks’ construct provisioning strategies in the face of unprecedented risk and uncertainty?
– How do banks deal with the extraordinary combination of highly expansionary fiscal support, ultra-low interest rates, and large fundamental uncertainty given potentially far-reaching sectoral adjustment needs (temporary or lasting demand for various types of tourism services etc.) in assessing the viability of firms and their future ability to service loans?
– How is interest rate risk taken into account in the case of variable rate loans with longer duration?
– How have accounting rules influenced banks’ NPL (non-performing loan) and loan provisioning policies during the COVID crisis? Do banks apply these policies to smoothen their income?
– What factors can explain the large variation in stage 1 and 2 provisions in anticipation of the crisis across bank and country level?
- Role of, and lessons for, financial regulation and supervision
– What regulatory and supervisory measures have been taken?
– How are they being phased out/should they be phased out?
– What further regulatory/supervisory measures might yet be needed to address NPLs going forward?
– Are there lessons to be drawn about banks’ provisioning strategies from the 2007-9 global banking crisis?
– What might stay as a legacy of the COVID crisis in terms of regulation and supervision of loan risk provisions?
– Interplay with other policy fields (from monetary policy to insolvency regimes)
Formal Requirements and Procedure for Submissions
The SUERF/UniCredit Foundation Research Prize is open to authors and co-authors who are citizens or residents/students in the EEA, Switzerland, and other countries in which UniCredit is present (in addition to EEA countries, the latter also include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Serbia) and born after 30 September 1981. Prizes of EUR 2,500 gross will be awarded to up to two outstanding papers on topics related to the call for papers. The winning authors agree to present their papers at a SUERF/UniCredit Foundation Conference to be held in Milano (or in a webinar/e-conference) in February 2022. Winning authors agree to provide a non-technical 5-10page policy-oriented summary of their research findings for publication as a SUERF Policy Note.
Applications should be submitted in English through the online submission form on the UniCredit Foundation website at https://www.unicreditgroup.eu/it/unicreditfoundation.html in PDF format by 31 October 2021. Applications should be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae including the candidate’s/candidates’ date of birth and a copy of current identity documents that confirm the author’s/authors’ date(s) of birth and eligibility. The prize is open to papers that have been finalised within the last 12 months prior to the deadline for submissions. Full terms and conditions of entry can be downloaded from the SUERF and UniCredit Foundation websites.