Call for Papers: IIFT 5th Conference on Empirical Issues in International Trade & Finance [Dec 16-17, Kolkata]: Submit by July 3

5th Conference on Empirical Issues in International Trade & Finance


“International Trade at Transaction Level and Effects of Global Recession”


IIFT, Kolkata Campus


16th – 17th December, 2016

EIITF 2016 Objective

The main objective of the conference is to bring together researchers & policy-makers in the domain of International Trade & Finance. Any theoretical or empirical paper around this broad theme can be submitted for presentation in the conference.

Since the micro aspects of Trade & Finance are increasingly getting more attention of academicians & Policy-makers, the focus of the conference will be on firm-specific aspects, including firm heterogeneity. Moreover, new theoretical and empirical models are being proposed, based on observations at the level of transaction between exporters and importers.

Thus, the focus is slowly changing from broad to narrower drivers affecting the day-to-day occurrence of trade among nations. Keeping this perspective in mind the conference focuses on examining the transaction level determinants like logistic aspects of trade, trade costs and transaction costs, concerns related to documentation procedure, financing and any other issue that theoretically or empirically explains trade and investment flows.

Theme and Sub-themes/tracks

Conference Theme: International Trade at Transaction Level and Effects of Global Recession

Sub-themes/tracks cover the following, but not limited to –

Transactional level analysis of international trade: This may include Transaction Cost- Trade Logistics, Transportation Costs and any other relevant themes.

Global recession and finance: This may include contagion effect of Global Recession, European Crisis and its impact on international trade, Currency Swap, Exchange Volatility and trade, Commodity and Product Pricing and Implications for world economy, Foreign Portfolio Investment and Growth and any other relevant themes.

Trade facilitation: This may include Global treaties, Trade agreements, Institutional Quality, Trade and Growth, Trade Procedures and Documentation, Foreign Trade Policies and Role of Trade Promotion Organizations and related aspects and any other relevant themes.

Functional level analysis: This will include Trade and International Production Networks, Quality and Trade, Gender Inequality and Trade, Sustainability issues in trade, Country Branding and its implications on International Marketing, Emerging Economies and Trade Flows, Internationalization of SMEs from India, Agricultural Markets and international trade and any other contemporary themes.


The Conference details are available on the website.

Some of the important features of the conference are given below.

Call for Papers

Unpublished papers on international trade & finance, related to any of the themes & sub-themes as above (JEL classification: E, F &G) is solicited. Papers falling outside the thrust areas will be considered provided they are within the general theme of the conference.

All submissions will be refereed for final selection. A few selected papers will be considered for publication in Foreign Trade Review, the IIFT Journal published by SAGE, after appropriate double-blind peer review.

Track for Doctoral Students: The session will be open for all doctoral students pursuing Ph.D. in Indian / foreign universities (or recently submitted their thesis but degree is awaited). Along with the submission of the paper, students are required to send a proof duly signed by the competent authority/HOD/Dean certifying the studentship of the participant. The best paper among the Doctoral Student category will be awarded a prize and a certificate.

International Speaker Sessions: For facilitating debate and discussions on key areas of research, the Organizing Committee will be inviting eminent Speakers of international repute from abroad for special lectures during the conference.

In the past, some of the renowned speakers including Prof. Richard Baldwin (Graduate Institute, Geneva), Prof. Jeffrey H. Bergstrand (University of Notre Dame), Prof. Graciela Chichilnisky (Columbia University), Prof. Alan V. Deardorff (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), Prof. Maitreesh Ghatak ( London School of Economics), Prof. Gita Gopinath (Harvard University), Prof. Kala M. Krishna (Pennsylvania State University), Prof. Jim Rollo, (University of Sussex), Prof. Shujiro Urata (Waseda University) have delivered special lectures during EIITF conferences.

The names of the speakers for EIITF 2016 will be shared with the participants in due course of time.


No registration fee for doctoral students, who are however required to furnish their enrollment with the respective Institutions, Colleges or Universities.

All other participants need to deposit a Conference Registration fee of Rs. 5000/- by Demand Draft in favor of INDIAN INSTITUTE OF FOREIGN TRADE, payable at Kolkata or by electronic transfer (of Rs 5000.00 or 80 USD). Click HERE for details.

The registration fee is inclusive of Conference Lunches and Dinners and exclusive of Accommodation fee.


IIFT shall be providing limited accommodation to the participants against payment (on double occupancy) at IIFT Kolkata Campus during three nights: December 15th, 16th and 17th, 2016.

IIFT will host a Cultural Performance, Pre-conference dinner on December 15th and one Gala Dinner on December 16th for the participants.

Guidelines for Full-paper Submission

Selection of papers for presentation will be based on the full papers, with upper limit of maximum 8000 words. Papers must include a clear indication of the purpose of research, methodology, major results, implications, and key references. All submissions will be through Easy-chair.

Submit the full paper HERE.

Participants at the EIITF 2016 are requested to adhere to the following specifications:

Length: Maximum 8000 words excluding title/cover page and references

Margins: 1 Inch

Font: Times New Roman, 12 point

Spacing: 1.5

Title Page: Title, author(s), profession/position, organization, mail id, contact numbers

Key Words: At least 5 (five)

Reference Style: Click HERE.

Important Dates

Last date of Submission of full paper: 31st July, 2016

Acceptance of full papers will be intimated by: 30th September, 2016

Last date for Registration: 15th November, 2016

For further details, click HERE.

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