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Student Workshop
Asset Management and Pension Economics


16:00-16:15 Opening Remarks

Gurgen Aslanyan, President, Armenian Economic Association

16:15-16:40 Book presentation: ‘Essentials of Pension Economics’ 

Sergio Nisticò, Professor of Economics and Scientific Director Creativity and Motivations Economic Research Center, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio

16:40-17:00 The Pension Reform in Armenia: An Analysis of Causes and Implications 

Gayane Shakhmuradyan,   American University of Armenia

17:00-17:20 Identifying the Supporters of the Mandatory Pension System in Armenia 

Yana Hovsepyan, American University of Armenia, C-Quadrat Award Winner

17:20-17:30 Break

17:30-17:50 Asset Allocation for Phased  Withdrawal Plans 

Arman Zhamharyan, Goethe University Frankfurt, C-Quadrat Award Winner

17:50-18:10 The Impact of Twitter News on Stock Price Returns Gayane Gadyan, Central European University

18:10-18:30 Pricing of Synthetic CDO Tranches with the One Factor Gaussian Copula Model  

Fanni Pfeningberger, Fachhochschule des BFI Wien

18:30-18:55 Keynote Speech

Tito Boeri, Professor, Department of Economics, Bocconi University, 

18:55-19:00 Announcement of C-Quadrat Award 

Alla Pavlova, C-Quadrat Ampega Armenia


Call for Papers

Armenian Economic Association, in collaboration with C-Quadrat Ampega Armenia, invites students and recent graduates to submit their works on Asset Management and Pension Economics to be considered for the virtual workshop to be held on August 28, 2020,

The best paper will be awarded the prestigious C-Quadrat Award that comes with a prize of 500 Euros.

Eligibility criteria
The workshop and the award are open to anyone (of any nationality, residency, and socio-demographic characteristics) who

  • is a student or a recent graduate (no earlier than April 2019)
  • has conducted research on the topics of asset management and pension economics (e.g., pension funds, pension reforms,economics of ageing, principal-agent issues, risk management, investment strategies, laws and regulations, asset quality, maturity management, stress tests) written in English after March 1, 2019.
  • is available for the virtual workshop on August 28, 2020, 11:00-17:00 (Armenian time)