Access and Impact: Gauging the Participation of Diverse Communities in the Capital Markets

Conference date

22 Oct 2021

Location

Virtual

Description

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation, FINRA's Office of the Chief Economist, and NORC at the University of Chicago are pleased to jointly host a conference on diversity, equity and inclusion issues in the capital markets to be held virtually on Friday, October 22, 2021.The conference will bring together leaders in academia, industry, and the regulatory and investor communities to explore original academic and industry research and the current body of policy governing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the capital markets. Specifically, the gathering will focus on the methods and impacts of increasing access or reducing impediments to the provision of financial services to diverse communities. Our goal is to facilitate discussion around important topics related to diversity issues in the capital markets. The following are offered as examples, not limitations.

• What are the current status and trends of the industry in providing access and inclusion to diverse communities? If any, what methods have been impactful for increasing access and inclusion? Which demographics have seen the largest increase in participation in the financial markets? Which are lagging?

• What are barriers for diverse communities in accessing and investing in the capital markets? Which methods appear to be successful in addressing these challenges? How should the costs and benefits of these methods be measured?

• In what ways has the changing demographics of investors impacted the financial markets? How has it affected investors? How should the costs and benefits of these programs be measured?

Researchers are kindly invited to submit recent, original research proposals or works-in-progress consistent with the aims outlined. Papers or abstracts should be submitted to chiefeconomist@finra.org for consideration by August 2, 2021. Submissions will be evaluated on, among other criteria, innovations in methods, methodological rigor, findings, and their relevance to the public discussion of the workings and effective regulation of financial markets. Please feel free to forward this to others who may wish to provide a submission.

Additional Information

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation, FINRA's Office of the Chief Economist, and NORC at the University of Chicago are jointly hosting this event.