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2013 Municipal Finance Conference Preview

Brandeis IBS conference convenes academics, finance professionals, Fed chief


July 30, 2013

Brandeis International Business School’s (IBS) second-annual Municipal Finance Conference, which brings together academics and practitioners to discuss issues in municipal markets and public finance, kicks off Thursday, August 1 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. This year's two-day conference is expected to draw approximately 250 attendees, and is co-sponsored by The Bond Buyer, the premiere daily newspaper on the municipal finance industry.

Delivering the keynote speech will be St. Louis Federal Reserve chief James Bullard, who has made headlines recently for publicly dissenting with Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's policies on inflation. On the heels of the publication of the Fed’s July meeting minutes, Bullard will offer his thoughts on the state of the US economy Friday, August 2 at 12:15 p.m.  

Also delivering a keynote speech will be Jim Lebenthal, a municipal bond entrepreneur and one of the founding fathers of the modern municipal market.

Researchers will share 24 original papers on municipal finance topics ranging from market efficiency to disclosure and fiscal distress.  Participants include professors from Yale, MIT and Brandeis, and representatives from Moody’s, the Tax Policy Center, the Brookings Institution, and other major policy organizations.

“This represents a unique opportunity for academics and practitioners interested in municipal markets to come together and discuss high-impact research on the topic,” said conference co-chair Daniel Bergstresser, a professor of finance at Brandeis IBS. “We’re excited to build off the success of the 2012 conference.”panel2012

Last year's inaugural event, which took place on Brandeis’ campus, drew more than 200 participants and 30 speakers, including Massachusetts Treasurer Steven Grossman, and earned media attention from Reuters, the New York Times and several other outlets.

The 2013 conference is free for students and academics. Learn more about the full schedule of events, and be sure to register online if you are interested in attending.