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APEF 2017

2017 Asia-Pacific Conference on Economics & Finance (APEF 2017), organized by East Asia Research & supported by BEFfore from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, will be held on the 27th and 28th July 2017 in Singapore. APEF 2017 aims to bring together leading scholars, students and practitioners from Asia and the rest of the world for an academic exchange.

What are the effects from Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang led economics measure of shifting away from the once sacred economic policy of rapid economic growth? Is Abenomics the solution to Japan’s problem of disinflation and low growth? APEF 2017 conference theme looks at the worrying changes and slowdown amid continued uncertainty in Asian financial markets and economies.

Join us for this exciting Conference in Singapore from 27th to 28th July 2017.

What can you expect at APEF 2017?
• Ample interaction opportunities for APEF delegates
• Top Singapore hospitality for all attending delegates
• An intellectually stimulating scientific program featuring more than 100 presentations by leading researchers, teachers, and practitioners
• An opportunity for East-West science and practice collaborations at APEF
• A’ Best Research Paper Award’  to be given out to APEF presenters

Conference Proceedings:

EAR seeks to collaborates with Springer for conference proceedings publication.


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Journal Publishing:

Authors of selected papers presented at the APEF 2017 conference will be invited to submit their papers for inclusion in Scopus listed journal, International Journal of Business & Society for publishing. Authors are also invited to submit their papers after the conference for consideration for publication in MDPI journals. MDPI will give expedited reviewing for APEF submissions. There are no additional charges when the full paper is selected for inclusion in MDPI open access journals, Econometrics, Economies, International Journal of Finance Studies & Risks.

Who Should Attend?
Leading Academics, PhD Students
Thought leaders
National and Local Government, Provincial
Government and Municipalities
Key Industry Players & Industry Consultants
Investors and Financiers
Business Consultants
Fund Managers

Important Date Dates
Abstract Submission Deadline April 6th 2017
Author Notification Date April 20th 2017
Final Paper Deadline May 19th 2017
Early Bird Registration Deadline May 23rd 2017
Final Registration Deadline June 23rd 2017
Conference Date July 27th & 28th 2017



Keynote Speaker:

James Reade

Associate Professor at the University of Reading

James Reade is an Associate Professor at the University of Reading, and is also affiliated with the New Institute for Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School of the University of Oxford. He gained his PhD (D.Phil) from the University of Oxford in 2007 under the supervision of Sir David F. Hendry. Between 2009 and 2013 he was a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Birmingham, and since 2013 has been at the University of Reading.

Dr Reade’s research interests span from macroeconomic forecasting, in which his PhD was, more broadly to econometric methods and applied economics. He has published in a number of top journals including The Economic Journal, The Academy of Management Journal, and Kyklos. His applications of economic theory have used large datasets from sport, social media, and have involved incorporating innovative methods of summarising and modelling data.


Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Nina Guyon

Department of Economics at the National University of Singapore (NUS)

Dr Nina Guyon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She is also an affiliated researcher at the Interdisciplinary Lab for the Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP) at Sciences Po (Paris, France). She has a PhD from the Paris School of Economics (PSE).

Dr Guyon`s research interests include economics of education, urban economics and evaluation of public policies. In her current research, she focuses on the impact of social segregation at school, parental involvement and students’ aspirations on educational achievement, thereby contributing to the international debate on the reduction of social inequalities in education. Her research does not only focus on test scores, but also on children’s well-being. In 2012-2014, she ran a randomized control trial (RCT) in 320 schools in France to measure the impact of a policy aiming at decreasing the prevalence of violence in school. At the same time, she also implemented a survey in 500 primary schools to learn about the impact of a national policy targeting young children in need in the poorest neighborhoods of France. These projects led to the creation of two huge and unique databases on children’s cognitive and non-cognitive skills, which will be an amazing source of information to answer many opened questions in the field of economics of education.

Dr Guyon was awarded the European Economic Association Young Economist Award in 2010, and she received several large grants for her empirical work on education. Her research work has been published in top economics journals, including The Journal of Human Resources and The Review of Economic Studies.


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Conference Chair

Dr. Evan Lau

Associate Professor, Director of Centre for Business Economics & Finance Forecasting (BEFfore), UNIMAS

Evan Lau is a well-trained Universiti Putra Malaysia graduate with vast experience and research excellence covering the areas of International Economics with numerous applications of econometrics techniques. Recently he ventured into socioeconomic discipline including Economics of Crime and Suicide. He joined Faculty of Economics and Business Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) in 2005 soon after completing his Ph.D in 2004. He servicing as a senior lecturer since 2008 and promoted to Associate Professor from June 2014 to date. He holds the Managing Editor post for International Journal of Business and Society (IJBS), an internationally refereed journal indexed in SCOPUS bibliographic database, Malaysian Citation Centre (MCC), ProQuest publisher, Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory, Cabell’s Directories (Economics, Finance and Management) and EBSCO Host Publishing. He is the director of Centre of Excellence for Business, Economics and Finance Forecasting (BEFfore), UNIMAS which among other serves as a platform and reference point for business, economic and finance forecasting. He was the Visiting Scholar in Faculty of Economics in University of Cambridge. He teaches both the undergraduates and the graduate courses.

To date, Evan Lau has impressive volume of articles in refereed journals (more than 65) and has also presented his research works in many international and local conferences. As part of recognition and internationalization, he was listed as Top 10% economists in Malaysia since 2008 and Top 12% in Asia since 2012 by the Research Papers in Economics RePEc database. He was also cited as Top 10 Most Productive Malaysian Based Authors in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for the year from 2001 to 2010, published by the Malaysian Citation Centre (MCC), Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) in 2012. Apart from that, his biography was selected to be listed in the 29th Edition of Who’s Who in the world for 2012. He also indeed contributed to society in terms of economic research studies. Thus, an invitation was extended to him for interviews in several special programs on Budget (2006, 2011), post budget 2013 and live radio interview in 2012 on the Malaysian broadcasting station. His profile is also made available at SCOPUS, RePEc, Research Gate,Google Scholar and Academia where he was among the highly cited authors in UNIMAS.


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General Chair

Dr. Tan Jing Hee

Executive Director & Chairman of its Academic Board of East Asia Institute of Management

Dr. Tan Jing Hee is an Executive Director of East Asia Institute of Management as well as the Chairman of its Academic Board. He started work as a Retail Manager in a family business dealing with pharmaceutical products, toiletries and film development and processing. Dr Tan went on to become Senior Science Master of a government secondary school. After five years, he re-joined the private sector as a Merchandising Manager of Robinsons Departmental Store, with responsibilities over 6 departments in Menswear Division. In 1973, he joined the Singapore Institute of Management, initially as Information, Publications and Research officer before moving into management development responsibilities. During his 25 years stay in the institute, he helped to build it into the premier HRD organisation in the region. While in SIM, Dr Tan was also involved in establishing enterprise-wide MBO systems in six medium and large organisations in Singapore. In 1987, he co-edited a book on Developing Managers In Asia, published by Addison-Wesley. Dr Tan was the Chief Operating Officer of SIM before leaving it to pursue other interests. In 1994, he wrote doctoral thesis on Developing A Factor Model of Management Work in Singapore, for which he was awarded his Ph.D from Henley Mangement College/Brunel University.


Committee Member
Assoc. Prof. Dr Erginbay Uğurlu, Ph.D in Econometrics, Gazi University, Turkey Istanbul Aydın University FEAS, Department of Economics and Finance
Dr. Chor Foon TANG, Ph.D in Economics, University of Malaya (UM) Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS)
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Dr. Rayenda Khresna Brahmana Department of Accounting and Finance,
Faculty of Economics and Business,
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Dr. Mohd Norfian Alifiah Department of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Management
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Prof. Dr. Mansor H Ibrahim, PhD in Economics Washington University, USA Professor of Finance & Econometrics, Finance and Accounting Department
INCEIF (International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance)
Dr. Simonetti Biagio University of Sannio, Italy
Prof. Benjamin García-Paez, PhD. in UNAM, MScUOL, EIFEI Professor in Economics of Growth and Development Economics Department of the National University of Mexico
Associate Professor Dr Irwan Trinugroho  Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Indonesia



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Conference Sponsors



Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

317 Outram Road Singapore (169075)

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Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium – Contemporary Hotel in Singapore, River Valley Precinct

The newly refurbished Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, located steps from the iconic Singapore River in the heart of the city, provides the perfect location for business and leisure guests.

A 25-minute ride from Changi Airport brings you to the hotel, only minutes to the Central Business District, and the bustling nightlife scene of Robertson Quay and Clarke Quay. Free high speed Wi-Fi, parking, Fitness Centre and outdoor pool are provided for all guests.

The location in the Singapore River Valley precinct offers easy access to Singapore’s top attractions including Chinatown, Gardens by the Bay, Sentosa and Universal Studios. Explore the Orchard Road shopping belt with our complimentary shuttle service. Off the main tourist track, a short walk from the hotel is Tiong Bahru, a unique enclave with charming cafes, a local market and hawker centre.


Ticket price is not inclusive of accommodations. Do you need accommodations to be included in the conference ticket? Please contact for more details.

Call for Papers

The Organizers invite education professionals, academics and researchers from all fields of applications and backgrounds to submit papers to Asia-Pacific Conference on Economics & Finance (APEF 2017)

Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:


Accounting Standards and Regulations

Accounting-Based Valuation

Applied Economics Studies

Asset Management

Banking Crisis and Assurance

Banking, Accounting and Finance

Business & Economics

Business Ethics

Business Information Systems

Business Intelligence

Business Law

Business Performance Management

Business Statistics

Cash Flows

Change Management

Communications Management

Comparative Economic Systems

Consumer Behaviour

Corporate Finance

Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance and Ethics

Cost Management

Decision Sciences

Development Planning Policy

Economic Development

Economic Methodology

Economic Policy

Economic System

Economics and Global Finance



Finance & Investments

Financial and Capital Market

Financial Econometrics

Financial Economics

Financial Instruments

Financial Markets and Derivatives

Financial Reporting

Financial Services Management

Financial Statement Analysis

Foreign Exchange Markets

Forensic Accounting and Fraud

Fraud Deterrence

Global Business

Household Behaviour and Family Economics

Human Resource

Information Technology Management

Int’l Standards on Auditing

International Banking Relations

International Business

International Economics

International Finance

International Finance

International Mutual Funds/Hedge Funds

Investments & Portfolio Management

Labour Economics

Labour Relations & Human Resource Management

Law & Economics

Law and Finance

Management Information Systems

Management of Financial Institution

Management Science

Market Structure and Pricing


 Marketing Research and Strategy

Marketing Theory and Applications

Mergers and Acquisitions

Monetary Economics and Finance

Mututal Funds Management

Operations Research

Organizational Behaviour & Theory

Organizational Communication

Prices, Business Fluctuations and Cycles

Product and Organizations

Product Management

Product/Operations Management

Public Administration and Small Business Entrepreneurship

Public Economics and Finance

Public Relations

Public Responsibility and Ethics

Regulations of Financial Markets

Regulatory Economics

Resource Management

Risk Assessment

Risk Management

Stock Exchange

Stockholder’s Equity

Strategic Management

Strategic Management Policy

Supply Change Management

Systems Management


Technology and Innovation

The role of central banks

Treasury & Liquidity

Valuation of Financial Assets

Welfare Economics

Authors will be notified of the selection results by email and will receive all technical information and presentation instructions prior to the Conference.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 6th April 2017

Submit your abstract/proposal for APEF before the submission deadline. Please submit using the' Submit Abstract' button below. You will be asked to create your own personal account before you are able to upload your proposal. You can return to the system at any time using your user name and password to edit your information and submission.


Author Notification Date: 20th April 2017

Acceptance of proposal for oral presentation will be announced by the author notification date. The presentation instructions and acceptance letter will be emailed to all authors by this date. If your proposal is accepted you will be invited to register for the conference. Upon payment of the registration fee your paper will be scheduled for presentation in the conference.


Final Paper Deadline: 19th May 2017

Inclusion of full paper to conference proceedings is optional. If you wish to publish in the conference proceedings, please ensure that a PDF version of the full paper with the copyright form attached is uploaded through the online system by the Final Paper Deadline. Use the Springer formatting for your final paper submitted to us. If your abstract is accepted for oral presentation, you are encouraged to submit a full paper before ‘The Final Paper Deadline’. Ensure that your paper is ready to go to press by having thoroughly read the paper for errors.


Early Bird Registration Deadline: 23rd May 2017

The registration fee for the conference is lower if you pay before the early bird registration deadline.


Final Registration Deadline: 23rd Jun 2017

This is the last date of registration for the conference.


Conference Date: 27th & 28th July 2017

The conference takes place at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium.



If you are interested to submit your full paper for inclusion in the conference proceedings, you will need to follow the guidelines given by Springer stated below:

  • Use Springer Basic Style for References
  • Each article must consist of the following: Author Name, Affiliation and Email address, Chapter Abstracts and Keywords
  • All tables, figures, pictures should be accompanied with captions and numbers
  • References should be placed at the end of individual chapters
  • Page limit is 25 pages

Template for Full Paper: Full paper Template

Formatting for Full Paper is available: manuscript-guidelines-1.0 & Key_Style_Points_1.0.

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Delegate Info:

Registration fee includes the following:

  • Program and abstract book
  • Conference proceedings and other conference materials
  • Coffee breaks and lunches

Accommodation is excluded. You will receive the payment receipt at the conference venue.


You are a presenter if you are making an oral presentation at the conference.

The author(s) will be required to deliver a PowerPoint presentation of their research work on the conference day. Please bring along a soft copy of your presentation in a USB thumb drive. We strongly recommend bringing a back-up or emailing yourself a copy in advance in case of technical issues.

You will be allocated a 20 minute slot, please take care not to exceed it.    We suggest to aim for a 12-15 minute presentation, so that there will be time for Q&A. Your presentation should be interesting, informative, well-paced and lively.

Poster Presenter

You are a poster presenter if you are presenting your research from a paper poster at the conference.

The paper posters will be placed in the display area and the poster presenters will respond to queries about their research findings during the official networking breaks. Posters presentations must conform to the following:  

  • Your poster must measure NO LARGER than 900mm (W) x 1200mm (H).
  •  Presenters are required to bring their own magnets to affix their poster to the display panel. 

Virtual Presenter

You are a virtual presenter if you are presenting your research at the conference, but not in person.

In consideration of presenters who may be unable to attend the conference in person due to funding or time constraints, Virtual Presentations are allowed in the program. Virtual Presenters will enjoy the same validity (publication, certification, etc.) as the Presenters. We will require the PowerPoint presentation by the registration deadline so that all conference participants will have access to them during and after the conference. Please send it via email to .


You are a listener if you are attending the conference to listen to the oral presentations and the keynote sessions.


You are a coauthor if you are a coauthor of a paper submitted to the conference.

Additional Paper

If an author is making oral presentation for more than one paper at the conference, he/she will need to pay the ‘Additional Paper’ registration fee for the 2nd paper.


Ticket price is not inclusive of accommodations. Do you need accommodations to be included in the conference ticket? Please contact for more details.


Conference Registration Fees Early Bird Rate (By 23rd May 2017) Regular Rate (By 23rd June 2017)
Presenter Fee SGD 750 SGD 820
Poster Presenter Fee SGD 685 SGD 750
Virtual Presenter Fee SGD 550 SGD 615
Listener Fee SGD 615 SGD 685
Co-author Fee SGD 550 SGD 615
Additional Paper SGD 480


Contact us

If you have questions or need help with regards to the AETC conference, please send an email to or call +65 62033767 and we will be in touch with you within 1 to 2 working days.

East Asia Research is interested in seeking partners to work with for academic conferences. If you are keen to be a venue or a conference sponsor, seek keynote speaking opportunities or want to be part of the academic review team, please get in touch with us too.