The increased use of financial technology (fintech) during the COVID-19 pandemic has provided households in Asia and the Pacific with more efficient and shock-resilient financial services access, and also has helped many of the region’s micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) remain economically viable by offering faster and cheaper financial services than traditional banking. While fintech-adopting firms have demonstrated considerable agility during the pandemic, relatively little is known about COVID-19’s impact on their business models and practices. Fintech’s rapid acceleration also poses greater financial stability risks.
ADBI, the Asian Development Bank, and Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School are seeking original research paper submissions on issues related to fintech and COVID-19. Selected papers will be featured at an ADBI virtual conference on fintech’s role in providing respite to vulnerable groups such as poor households and MSMEs during the COVID-19 crisis, the factors underpinning fintech providers’ pandemic era growth and resilience, and the wider financial stability risks fintech expansion can create.
Papers presented at the conference, to take place on 30 March-1 April 2021, may be considered for publication as ADBI working papers and as part of an edited book.
Authors should submit full papers of around 8,000-10,000 words in length using this link by 5 March 2021. Please indicate if you would also like your paper to be considered for inclusion in the edited book.
Authors of selected papers will be notified by 12 March 2021.