2020 Financial Intermediation Research Society (FIRS)
After careful deliberations, we have decided to cancel the 2020 FIRS conference. This has been a tough decision, but we see no alternative in light of the rapid expansion of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting bans on international travel. Most importantly, we feel that this decision will help keep everyone safe in this time of uncertainty.
We are very sorry, as we know that many of you have worked hard to prepare for the conference. You can be assured that FIRS will refund all registration fees for those who have already registered. Also, if you have already made your hotel reservation, you may cancel it now without any penalty.
In the spirit of continuing our collective research mission, we would also like to encourage all of you to look over the conference program, which is available here: https://www.conftool.org/firs2020/sessions.php.
We are proud of this program, and we hope that many will read the papers on it and share comments with the authors. (Also, authors: if you would like to update your paper, you can easily do so via ConfTool.)
Finally, we would like to thank all of you for your support of FIRS. We are now working on planning for the 2021 conference, and we will be making an announcement about it soon. In fact, we look forward to seeing all of you at future FIRS events. Until then, please stay safe.
Francesca Cornelli & Phil Strahan, FIRS 2020 Conference Co-Chairs