May 22nd – 24th, 2016, St. Julien Hotel, Boulder, Colorado
CONFERENCE OVERVIEW: The Boulder Summer Conference in Consumer Financial Decision Making, now in its 7th year, is the world’s foremost interdisciplinary conference for discussion of research on consumer financial decision-making. Our goal is to stimulate cross-disciplinary conversation and improve basic and applied research in the emerging area of consumer financial decision-making. This research 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. Please see the 2015 program on the conference website (http://www.colorado.edu/business/sites/default/files/attached-files/Leeds%20Summer%20Conference_PROOF-3.pdf) to see abstracts of research by scholars in economics, psychology, sociology, behavioral finance, consumer research, decision sciences, behavioral economics, and law. Our format allows a very high level of opportunity for conversation and interaction around the ideas presented.
CONFERENCE FORMAT: We begin with a keynote session late Sunday afternoon followed by reception and poster session. The keynote speaker will be Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University. Dan will speak on the topic of emergency savings among very poor consumers. A panel of experts will discuss emergency savings issues after this talk.
Monday and Tuesday we have ten 75-minute sessions with two related papers from different disciplines, with discussion by an industry or government expert or a scholar from a third field. We begin with financial decision making of consumers in distress because of poor financial decision-making or situational stress. We then turn our focus to more basic processes that guide everyday consumer financial decision-making, both good and bad. Throughout the conference we schedule significant time for informal interaction outside of the sessions.
SUBMITTING ABSTRACTS FOR THE 2016 CONFERENCE – DEADLINE DECEMBER 12, 2015: To submit an extended abstract (1 page single spaced pdf), please visit the conference website: http://leeds.colorado.edu/event/bouldersummerconference#overview and click on the Submit Paper Abstract link:
Please be sure to include all author identifying information on the 1-page abstract, designating the presenting author.
The conference co-chairs will select papers for presentation at the conference based on extended abstracts. Selected papers must not be published prior to the conference, but researchers presenting their work at the conference must commit to have a paper that is 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 and disciplinary approaches. We consider not just the individual merits of the papers, but how they pair with another submission from a scholar in a different field. The organizers will invite authors of the best papers not selected for presentation at a plenary session to present their work at the Sunday evening poster session.
REGISTERING FOR THE CONFERENCE AND BOOKING A ROOM: The conference home page (http://www.colorado.edu/business/events/boulder-summer-conference) has links for registering for the conference and for booking a room at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa. We have negotiated very attractive room rates for conference attendees (and families). Please note that the Conference has not guaranteed any rooms, rather they are on a “first come” basis. We encourage you to book your rooms as soon as you can. Boulder is a popular summer destination and rooms go quickly at the St. Julien Hotel.
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