About

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) and the Financial Education Lab at HEC Montréal, and the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR) at Georgia State University. This is the 5th workshop in this series. Subjects of particular interest include:

  • Consumption-saving decisions and investment choices
  • Financial literacy and education
  • Pensions and retirement
  • 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 Speaker

The keynote address will be given by Professor David Laibson from Harvard University, where he is the Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics and a Faculty Dean of Lowell House. He leads Harvard Universityʼs Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative. Laibsonʼs research focuses on the topic of behavioral economics, with emphasis on intertemporal choice, self-regulation, behavior change, household finance, public finance, macroeconomics, asset pricing, aging, and biosocial science. Laibson is a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he directs the National Institute of Aging Roybal Center for Behavior Change in Health and Savings, and is a Research Associate in the Aging, Asset Pricing, and Economic Fluctuations Working Groups. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society. He is a two-time recipient of the TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award for Outstanding Scholarly Writing on Lifelong Financial Security.

Organizer

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.

Funding

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 must cap funding.

Submission of Papers

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please use this link to submit either the full paper (preferred), or an extended abstract that addresses objectives, methods, results, and conclusions. All submissions should be PDF. We ask that the presenter of the paper submitted be clearly identified in the submission to avoid changes to the program after submissions are accepted.

Submissions should be made by June 14, 2024, and can be made by following this link: https://cear.gsu.edu/call-for-papers-5th-cear-rsi-household-finance-workshop/. Authors will be notified of the acceptance status of their paper by July 15, 2024, at the latest.

Date and Location

This workshop will be held in-person on November 15 and 16, 2024 at HEC Montréal’s new downtown Montréal building, which is located at 501, rue De La Gauchetière Ouest, Montréal (Québec) H2Z 1Z5, Canada. Directions and information about getting to the venue can be found on the building’s dedicated webpage.

Registration and Attendance

Registration will be accessible through this webpage in the near future. Check back here a little closer to the workshop.

It will be free to register and attend, but we are only providing travel support for presenters and select invited guests. Please indicate during registration if you have any dietary restrictions or special requests, and we will try our best to accommodate.