10th Annual Lithuanian Conference on Economic Research

The Annual Lithuanian Conference on Economic Research, hosted by the Bank of Lithuania and Vilnius University, will take place on 28 December 2021. Following the success of the 2020 edition, the conference will be held online. This one day conference takes place every year right after Christmas and gives a forum for Lithuanian Economists and their friends to meet each other.

More information: https://meeting2021.econ.lt

Important dates:

  • October 25: open submissions
  • November 25: deadline for submissions
  • December 08: decisions on submissions
  • December 27: registration deadline for external participants
  • December 28: conference


Audinga Baltrūnaitė (Bank of Italy), Simas Kučinskas (Humboldt University of Berlin), Povilas Lastauskas (Bank of Lithuania), Aurelija Proškutė (Bank of Lithuania), Linas Tarasonis (Vilnius University), Alminas Žaldokas (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

BEA online research seminar – Yuri Tserlukevich

We are pleased to invite you to the next BEA’s Online Research Seminars and are delighted to welcome Yuri Tserlukevich (Arizona State University). Yuri Tserlukevich is a financial economist at Arizona State University. Yuri’s research interests are in dynamic models of firm behaviour, real options, asset pricing implications of investment options, capital structure, debt structure, employee compensation. He also taught and conducted research at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Bocconi University in Milan, New Economic School in Moscow, and WU university in Vienna. Beginning 2014 he is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus, the Advisory Board member for the Ministry of Tax and Duties, and is an economic policy consultant for the office of the President of Belarus. He obtained his Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley.

More about the speaker: https://wpcarey.asu.edu/people/profile/1451080

Speaker: Yuri Tserlukevich (Arizona State University)

Title: Risk Management, Agency Cost, and Lending Covenants (with Ilona Babenko and Hendrik Bessembinder)


We document the importance of loan covenants to observed hedging outcomes, by studying lending agreements and derivative positions of U.S. oil and gas producers. The emergence of fracking technology was accompanied by sharp increases in capital spending and borrowing. The contracts involved often include covenants specifying hedging policies, and more frequently for firms with higher expected costs of default. Firms with contractual hedging commitments have lower borrowing costs and perform better during the COVID-19 pandemic, even after controlling for hedging levels. The results imply that understanding firm’s hedging outcomes requires consideration of binding lending covenants employed to mitigate agency conflicts.

Date: Thursday, October 28

Time: 17:00 Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn

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