Consumer Finance


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Research Conference on Consumer Finance, Washington, DC, 12-13 Dec 2019; Deadline 3 Sep

Call for Papers: 4th CFPB Research Conference on Consumer Finance

December 12th-13th, 2019

This December, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will host its fourth research conference on consumer finance at Catholic University in Washington, DC. Information on prior conferences can be found here:

We encourage the submission of a variety of research. This includes, but is not limited to, work on: the ways consumers and household make decisions about borrowing, saving, and financial risk-taking; how various forms of credit (mortgage, student loans, credit cards, installment loans, etc.) affect household well-being; how salience of product fees and terms affect saving and borrowing; the structure and functioning of consumer financial markets; distinct and underserved populations; and relevant innovations in modeling or data, including the use of alternative data.

A deliberate aim of the conference is to connect the core community of consumer finance researchers and policymakers with the best research being conducted across the wide range of disciplines and approaches that can inform the topic. Disciplines from which we hope to receive submissions include, but are not limited to, economics, law and economics, and cognitive sciences.

The conference’s scientific committee includes:

  • Michael Baye (Indiana University)
  • Ken Brevoort (Federal Reserve Board of Governors)
  • Jeremy Bulow (Stanford University)
  • Liran Einav (Stanford University)
  • Gregory Elliehausen (Federal Reserve Board of Governors)
  • Robert M. Hunt (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia)
  • Brian Melzer (Dartmouth College)
  • Tom Miller (Mississippi State University)
  • Janis K. Pappalardo (Federal Trade Commission)
  • Wilbert van der Klaauw (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

Authors may submit complete papers or detailed abstracts that include preliminary results. All submissions should be made in electronic PDF format to by Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Please remember to include contact information on the cover page for the corresponding author. Please submit questions or concerns to

Travel expenses will be provided for the presenting author of each accepted paper in the program.