Financial Decision Making


First Annual Boulder Summer Conference on Consumers' Financial Decision Making, Boulder, CO, 27-29 Jun 2010, Chaired by John Lynch and Donald Lichtenstein; Deadline 15 Dec

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First Annual Boulder Summer Conference on Consumers’ Financial Decision Making

June 27-29, 2010
Hotel Boulderado, Boulder, Colorado

Please save the dates, June 27-29, 2010, for the 1st Annual Boulder Summer Conference on Consumer Financial Decision Making. The conference will be held at the historic Hotel Boulderado at a great time of year to visit Boulder, Colorado.

The conference will provide an opportunity for exchange of ideas among researchers in different fields who work on problems of consumer financial decision-making. Consumer welfare is strongly affected by household financial decisions large and small: choosing mortgages; saving to fund college education or retirement; using credit cards to fund current consumption; choosing how to “decumulate” savings in retirement; deciding how to pay for health care and insurance; and investing in the stock market. In all of these domains, consumers are often poorly informed and susceptible to making serious errors that have large personal and societal consequences. Basic research in judgment and decision making, psychology, consumer research, behavioral finance, and behavioral economics can inform our understanding of how consumers actually make such decisions and how consumers can be helped to make better decisions by innovations in public policy, business, and consumer education.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Consumers’ Financial Decision Making at the University of Colorado and by the Leeds School of Business.

Conference Format

Papers will be presented in two forums: a poster session the first night of the conference and in a series of 75 minute sessions. Each session will have two paper presenters, a discussant, and time for audience questions and comments.

Submission Deadlines for Extended Abstracts and Final Papers

Deadline for extended abstract submissions: December 15, 2009. The conference co-chairs will select papers for presentation at the conference based on extended abstracts, with the understanding that selected papers will be complete and available for review by discussants one month prior to the conference. Selections will be based on quality, relevance to consumers’ financial decision making, and contribution to breadth of topics across the conference as a whole. Some preference may be given to papers by junior faculty.

Deadline for completed papers: May 27, 2010. Complete papers to be presented at the conference should be provided to the conference co-chairs and discussants one month in advance of the conference.

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