The Adam Smith Workshop started c. 2004. The main objective of the conference was to give young researchers the opportunity to present their work and get feedback from more senior researchers, and also to see top-quality research in the area of Financial Economics from all over the world.
In the early years, the workshop was held twice a year, and the workshop covered papers mostly in the areas related to asset pricing.
Since 2012, the Adam Smith Workshop has been held once a year, but with two parallel streams, one covering papers related to Asset Pricing and the other covering papers related to Corporate Finance. There is also a "joint session," which includes papers that are of interest to researchers in the areas of both Asset Pricing and Corporate Finance.