Call for Papers
2nd Annual FDIC Consumer Research Symposium

September 27-28, 2012

Organized by the FDIC Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection

Authors are invited to submit research papers for the 2nd Annual FDIC Consumer Research Symposium. The conference will be held at the FDIC's facilities in Arlington, Virginia, on Thursday, September 27 and Friday, September 28.

TOPICS: The symposium will facilitate discussion of research into consumers' capabilities, knowledge, preferences, and experiences in the market for financial products and services, as well as the effects of public policy interventions intended to promote the well-being of consumers, households, and communities. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Access to mainstream financial services
- Payments options, such as prepaid debit cards
- Mobile financial services
- Household financial literacy and capability
- Effects of economic constraints on consumers' financial decisions
- Asset building and changes in household balance sheets
- Emerging or alternative financial services
- Housing tenure choice and mortgage financing
- Effectiveness of foreclosure interventions

Authors may submit complete papers or detailed abstracts that include preliminary results. Papers presenting empirical analysis from a wide range of academic disciplines are welcome. Priority will be given to papers with implications for consumer protection-related policy, bank supervision, or that identify positive strategies that can be adopted by financial institutions or others serving consumers.

The FDIC will reimburse authors' lodging expenses at the FDIC's Seidman Center. The FDIC also has a limited budget available to help defray travel expenses for authors in need of funding.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: All submissions should please be made in electronic PDF format to by June 4, 2012. Please remember to include contact information on the cover page for the corresponding author.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Authors will be notified about the status of their papers by August 3, 2012. Please submit questions or concerns to

Posted 4/21/12