The Department of Finance in the Faculty of Business and Economics is pleased to continue its annual conference series.

Call for papers

The Department of Finance in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne is pleased to continue its annual conference series: Finance Down Under: Building on the Best from the Cellars of Finance. The conference will be held in-person and will take place in Melbourne, Australia on March 2-4, 2023.


We invite submissions that embody the best in current empirical and theoretical research. We welcome papers in asset pricing, corporate finance and all other areas of finance. The conference selection committee includes eminent scholars in every facet of finance. With the help of the selection committee, we strive to provide a conference program that is internationally renowned for excellent presentations, discussions, and keynote speeches. The academic sessions will be comprised of papers from all areas. In addition to the general sessions, a unique feature of the program is that we honour 'vintage' research in finance that has inspired recent advances and withstood the test of time. In 2023, we will celebrate the body of work in behavioral and household finance by professor Nicholas Barberis. We are honoured to have Professor Barberis, Professor Luigi Guiso, and Professor Olivia Mitchell as our keynote speakers.

In addition to the academic sessions, social activities will take place on Saturday afternoon for all interested attendees.

Paper submission procedure

The deadline for paper submissions is midnight US EST October 7, 2022. Papers should be submitted electronically at A submission fee of US$50 will be required for each submission.

Papers will be reviewed by members of the conference selection committee, and authors of selected papers will be notified by December, 2022. For further questions, please contact our conference coordinator, Maree Cassar, at


  • The Spencer Martin Best Paper Award, with a prize of A$4,000.
  • The CFAM-ARX Paper Award. Jointly sponsored by the CFA Society of Melbourne (CFAM) and the Asia-Pacific Research Exchange of the CFA Institute (ARX), this award will be presented, with a prize of A$1,500, to a paper that has relevance to the Asia-Pacific region and/or to the asset management industry. To be considered for this award, authors need to select the option when submitting their papers.

We hope that you can join us in 2023 in delightful late-summer Melbourne.

FDU Organising Committee

Federico Nardari (Chair), Maurice McCourt, Garry Twite and Qi Zeng
Department of Finance
Faculty of Business and Economics
The University of Melbourne