Conferences and events

The Auckland Centre for Financial Research is hosting several events in 2020.

Special Seminar Series: Part One - Live on Zoom
Economics Perspective: Happiness, Economics, and COVID-19

9 September 2020
Webinar live via Zoom from 11am to 12:15 pm

Basic outline:

  1. What is Happiness Economics?
  2. Why is it important to measure happiness?
  3. Big Data
  4. Twitter
  5. Gross National Happiness Index
  6. Descriptive analysis
  7. Results of Covid-19 and lockdown on happiness
  8. Policy implications
  9. Conclusions and acknowledgements

Stephani√© Rossouw is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics at Auckland University of Technology. She is a well-being economist at heart and the co-creator of the Gross National Happiness Index (GNH) for 11 countries, including New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Using ‘Big Data’ extracted from the Twitter Application Programming Interface, the GNH determines the evaluative mood of a nation.

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Special Seminar Series: Part Two - Live on Zoom
Finance Perspective: COVID-19 Pandemic and National Culture: A Finance Perspective

30 September 2020
Webinar live via Zoom from 11am to 12:15 pm

As of August 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has infected more than 22 million people and caused over 700,000 confirmed deaths in more than 200 countries and territories (Coronavirus Resource Center, Johns Hopkins University). While virtually all countries have been affected by the pandemic, the responses to the crisis have differed markedly. We study how national culture impacts the way investors, firm managers, and other financial market participants react to this situation. Our findings suggest that cultural traits such as uncertainty avoidance, individualism, and past-disease experience contribute to how countries respond to the pandemic.

Ivan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance at Auckland University of Technology. His research focuses on financial markets, market quality, news announcements, applied econometrics.

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Special Seminar Series: Part Three
Psychology Perspective: Investigating psychological reactions to COVID-19

7 October 2020
Webinar live via Zoom from 11am to 12:15 pm

While governments around the world continue to work out how best to tackle the health crisis brought about by COVID-19, research has also started to investigate what psychological reactions people may have to the pandemic. A number of questionnaires have been developed to assess pandemic-related aspects of anxiety and fear. Gradually, a clearer picture is emerging about the role of these variables in motivating relevant health-promoting behaviours. Specific challenges to mental health will also need to be addressed in future research.

Chris Krägeloh, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Auckland University of Technology. His current research interests are psychometrics, quality of life research, outcome measurement, language planning, terminology, mindfulness, and investigating psychosocial factors in social robotics.

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Special Seminar Series: Part Four
Marketing Perspective: Facial Masks, Vaccine, Chocolates, Hotels, & Stocks:  Investigating Consumption Reactions to COVID-19

23 September 2020
WH125 from 11 am to 12:15 pm

With cases surging worldwide and the uncertainty around the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments, policymakers, and businesses are trying to address the numerous complications related to this health crisis. The current research offers a timely view by examining how several factors (e.g., communication messages, presentation of information) can alter the level of perceived threat. Furthermore, our studies examine the crucial influence of perceived threat on various consumption behaviours. Our research offers a deeper understanding of how organizations and policymakers can manage the level of perceived threat depending on the desired outcomes and behaviours (e.g., respecting authorities’ recommendations or avoiding stockpiling).

Marilyn Giroux and Jungkeun Kim are Senior Lecturers in the Department of Marketing at Auckland University of Technology.

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2020 New Zealand Finance Meeting

After careful consideration, we regret to advise that the 2020 New Zealand Finance Meeting, scheduled for 16-18 December 2020 in Queenstown, New Zealand, has been cancelled. While New Zealand is currently Covid-19 free, we continue to closely monitor the global pandemic. We hold the health and well-being of our participants paramount. In the current climate, it is impossible to ensure the levels of international participation this conference usually enjoys. Thank you for your continued interest and support, and we look forward to hosting you at our conference in 2021.

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Queenstown, NZ

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