Reminder: Call for Papers Closes June 3

The deadline for the Call for Papers for the 2022 Community Banking Research Conference is quickly approaching. Papers or detailed abstracts can be submitted using the following link until the end-of-day, Friday, June 3, 2022. There is no submission fee. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by Friday, July 22, 2022. Each paper selected for the conference will be considered for the award recognizing the paper making the most significant contribution to banking research.

This year marks the 10th year of the conference, which is sponsored by the Federal Reserve System, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC). After two years as an online-only conference amidst coronavirus restrictions, plans are for the September 28-29, 2022 event to be hybrid. This will allow guests to gather both on-site at the St. Louis Fed's Gateway Conference Center Auditorium or via the online conference platform.

The conference research committee is interested in particularly empirical and policy-oriented papers or detailed abstracts that explore all aspects of community banking including, but not limited to:

The role of community banks in the U.S. financial system

  • the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated policy response on community banks
  • provision of financial services to households, small businesses and small farms
  • impact of community banks on local/state economic activity

Challenges and opportunities faced by community banks

  • competition from large banks, credit unions, and nonbanks, including financial technology firms
  • responding to the effects of climate change
  • keeping up with rapid technological advances
  • operational risks
  • collaborations/partnerships with financial technology firms

Advantages and disadvantages of the community bank business model

  • bank consolidation
  • benefits of local knowledge and strong relationships
  • costs of operating at a small scale
  • funding and liquidity

The effects of government policy on community banks

  • quantifying regulatory and compliance costs
  • intended and unintended effects of regulatory requirements
  • antitrust policy and community banks

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