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AMIS 2017 Conference Structured Abstracts: Written Abstracts as a 'mini pitch'

Structured Abstract Design: AMIS 2017 submitters are invited to prepare a written 'mini-pitch' of their research paper by using the 6 core elements of Faff’s (2016) template tool, with a maximum total of 250 words. These abstracts will appear in the AMIS conference booklet.

Prizes: The University of Queensland is sponsoring 3 prizes of €200 each for best written abstracts conforming to the mini-pitch design below.

Idea? Identify the 'core' idea that drives the intellectual content of this research topic. If appropriate:
  1. articulate the central hypothesis/prediction/proposition
  2. identify the key dependent ('explained') variable and the key test/independent ('explanatory') variable(s).
Data? Make a brief statement about the data/sampling used in the study. For example:
  1. What data are used? e.g. country/setting; Unit of analysis? sample period; sampling interval? Type of data: firm specific vs. industry vs. macro vs. …?
  2. What is the sample size? Cross-sectionally? Time-series/longitudinal?
  3. Is it a panel dataset?
  4. Data Sources? Are the data commercially available? Any hand-collecting required? Are the data created based on authors own survey instrument? Or by interviews?
  5. Are there any problems with missing data/observations?
  6. Other data obstacles?
Tools? State the basic empirical framework and research design. Is it a regression model approach? Survey instrument design? Interview design?

What's New? What is really new about your study? Briefly state (up to) three key findings of the study.

So What? Why is it important to know the answer? How will major decisions/behaviour/activity etc be influenced by the outcome of this research? What is the economic significance of the findings?

Contribution? What is the primary essence of the contribution to the relevant research literature?

EXAMPLE of Written Abstract

Do Stock Markets Catch the Flu?

Presenting Author: McTier, B., Washington State University

Idea: To examine the impacts of influenza on the NYSE using different stock market performance measures.

Data: Time Series for national effects and Panel data for international flu effects Data Frequency: Weekly; Country: US. Sources: Publicly available e.g. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Google Flu Trends, TAQ data. Variables: Stock returns, Bid-ask spreads, Market Volume, New York flu cases, US flu cases, Global flue cases, Volatility, SAD onset and Dummy variables of Cloud cover.

Tools: Regression Analysis (Index Portfolio regression and Panel regression). Software: Being regression analysis, software like SPSS, EVIEWS, STATA are capable of estimating the model.

What’s new: Three key findings: (1) Influenza negatively affects the NYSE in terms of Dollar volume, number of trades, turnover. (2) Increase in flu incidence is related to the lower volatility but high Bid-Ask spreads due to less information production. (3) Volume and volatility effects are more closely tied to New York flu incidence (local), with bid-ask spreads and returns more strongly associated with the US (national) flu incidence whereas for international markets flu is negatively related to trading activity and returns.

So what: Investors are able to predict the stock market performance w.r.t incidence of influenza both nationally or internationally. The inclusion of cloud-cover in the model also enables investors to predict the performance of the markets.

Contribution: Providing a mechanism to capture the effects of influenza incidence (local, national and international) on the stock market using different measures of performance.

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The following important dates also have to be taken into account:

  • Friday, March 31, 2017 - Extended deadline for the submission of full papers
  • Sunday, April 30, 2017 - For the notification of full paper acceptance
  • Sunday, May 14, 2017 - For the registration and fee payment


  • Call for papers

    Read the Call for Submissions of the AMIS 2017 International Conference.

  • Submission procedure

    All submissions for the AMIS conference need to be made electronically, via the official submission system of AMIS, within the indicated deadline.