2nd CEAR-RSI Household Finance Workshop

Conference dates

15 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019


Montreal, Quebec, Canada


-General Information-
This workshop brings together researchers interested in household financial decision-making. Theoretical and empirical papers are welcome. We expect researchers from a variety of disciplines will find this workshop of interest, including economics, finance, risk management, insurance, and psychology. This workshop is held jointly by the Retirement and Savings Institute (RSI, http://rsi.hec.ca/) at HEC Montréal and the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR, http://cear.gsu.edu/) at Georgia State University. This is the 2nd workshop in this series. Subjects of particular interest include:
- Pensions and retirement
- Financial literacy
- Consumption-saving decisions
- Financial planning and advice
- Financial delinquency and bankruptcy
- Household insurance and risk management

We typically allocate one hour for each paper (40 minute presentation, 10 minutes for an assigned discussant, and a 10 minute general discussion) to provide participants with the opportunity for an in-depth presentation of their work. All sessions will be plenary.

-Keynote Address-
The keynote address will be given by Professor Olivia S. Mitchell from the Department of Business Economics and Public Policy, the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. Professor Mitchell is the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor, as well as Professor of Insurance/Risk Management and Business Economics/Policy; Executive Director of the Pension Research Council; and Director of the Boettner Center on Pensions and Retirement Research; all at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania which she joined in 1993. Concurrently Professor Mitchell serves as a Research Associate at the NBER; Independent Director on the Wells Fargo Fund Boards; Co-Investigator for the Health and Retirement Study at the University of Michigan; Member of the Executive Board for the Michigan Retirement Research Center; and Senior Scholar at the Singapore Management University. She also advises the Centre for Pensions and Superannuation UNSW and is Faculty Affiliate of the Wharton Public Policy Initiative. She received MA and PhD degrees in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA in Economics from Harvard University. She is currently a Senior Editor of the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance.

-Submission of Papers-
If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit either the full paper (preferred), or an extended abstract that addresses objectives, methods, results and conclusions. Submissions should be made by April 15th, 2019 at https://cear.gsu.edu/event-archives/2019-cear-rsi-household-finance-workshop/. All submissions should be PDF, and need be blinded. Authors will be notified of acceptance of their paper by May 15th, 2019 at the latest.

We expect to cover Economy airfares and hotel for speakers, but may need to cap funding at a certain amount depending on costs. We will let accepted speakers know if we have to cap funding soon after submissions close.

Professor Philippe d’Astous (HEC Montréal) is the primary local organizer of this workshop. Should you have questions, please contact him at philippe.dastous@hec.ca about the substance of the workshop, and contact Lee Boyle at lee.boyle@hec.ca with questions about participation and logistics.