Inaugural Conference on the International Roles of the U.S. Dollar

June 16-17, 2022

Washington D.C. (hybrid format)

Call for papers

The U.S. dollar has played a preeminent role in the global economy over the past century. It is used as a reserve currency and the currency of denomination for a large fraction of global trade and financial transactions. The status of the U.S. dollar engenders important considerations for the effectiveness of policy instruments and the functioning of financial markets. These considerations underscore the importance of understanding potential factors that may alter the dominance of the U.S. dollar in the future, such as changes in the macroeconomic and policy environments or the development of new technologies and payments systems. This conference aims to garner the insights of researchers, policymakers, and market experts on the evolving roles of the U.S. dollar, the consequences of these roles for the mandate of the Federal Reserve, and future prospects for these roles.

The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York are jointly organizing the inaugural conference on the International Roles of the U.S. Dollar. The conference will have a keynote address by Professor Barry Eichengreen (University of California at Berkeley), panel discussions on the themes of the conference, and paper presentations with discussants. The organizers welcome theoretical and empirical paper submissions that address the drivers, consequences, and implications of the international roles of the dollar, with an emphasis on the following areas:

  • How the stance and implementation of monetary policy, prudential regulations, or capital flow management tools engage with the dollar's roles in international trade, finance, and its reserve currency status.
  • The role of bank and nonbank financial institutions in dollar funding markets, their responses in stress episodes, and the effectiveness of central bank dollar liquidity facilities.
  • The importance of the dollar as a medium of exchange in international investment and trade transactions and its implications for the transmission of shocks to real economic activity and asset prices.
  • The use of the dollar in international financial markets, with a focus on recent transformational trends, such as in the areas of climate change and financial technology.
  • The effect of new payment technologies and digital assets on the role of the dollar as a reserve currency.

The deadline for paper submissions is March 15, 2022. Please send completed papers to [email protected]. Authors of accepted papers will be informed by April 30, 2022. The conference will be held as a hybrid event with virtual and in-person presentations. Travel funding may be available for academic presenters and discussants. Please note that conference attendance is by invitation only.

Organizing Committee
Ricardo Correa, Federal Reserve Board
Linda Goldberg, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Robert Lerman, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Bo Sun, Federal Reserve Board

Scientific Committee
Gianluca Benigno, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Alain Chaboud, Federal Reserve Board
Stephanie Curcuru, Federal Reserve Board
Wenxin Du, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Antoine Martin, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Friederike Niepmann, Federal Reserve Board
Fabiola Ravazzolo, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Frank Warnock, University of Virginia
Tony Zhang, Federal Reserve Board

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Last Update: June 15, 2022