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Financial Regulation: Fit for the Future? @ Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Nov 2 – Nov 3 all-day


General Information

The Center for Financial Innovation and Stability (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta) and the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (Georgia State University) are organizing the conference “The Impact of Extraordinary Monetary Policy on the Financial,” to be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2017. The aim of the conference is to bring together economists, statisticians, finance professionals and regulators in order to discuss whether financial regulation as currently structured is appropriate for the financial system of the future.

Regulators around the world responded to the 2007-09 financial crisis with a determination to reduce the likelihood and potential impact of a future financial crisis. To this end, a variety of new measures are being implemented, including Basel III capital and liquidity, stress tests, living wills, restrictions on OTC derivatives, and stricter regulation of nonbank financial firms, Some argue that these measures have not gone far enough, and propose measures to break up large banks or require them to hold even more capital. However, financial firms and many others have argued that the pendulum has already swung too far in the direction of reregulation. As a result, they argue regulation is stifling financial firms’ ability to support their customers, the financial system and growth in the real economy. Further, some are questioning whether the traditional approach to regulation is inhibiting the development of new financial technologies that promise greater efficiency and perhaps increased safety. This conference seeks to look back to evaluate the benefits and the costs of enhanced post-crisis regulation as well as to look forward to the effect of regulations on the development of financial technology.

CEAR Academic Pre-Conference in Microinsurance 2017 @ Swissôtel Lima
Nov 6 all-day


General Details and Main Conference Overview

The Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR) is organizing an academic pre-conference in conjunction with the 13th International Microinsurance Conference. The pre-conference will attract researchers to present major findings and participate in panels on recent developments in research methods to understand risk management choices of the poor. This pre-conference is being held on the Monday, November 6, immediately prior to the main conference, which is on November 7, 8 and 9.

The main conference will also include sessions on scientific research into microinsurance. Approximately 400 participants and experts from around the world will discuss ways of accelerating growth and economic viability in microinsurance. The main conference will be hosted by Asociación Peruana de Empresas de Seguros, the Munich Re Foundation, and the Microinsurance Network. For more information on the main conference, see

Pre-Conference Specifics

Presentations in the academic pre-conference will be plenary, and allow enough time for detailed discussion of each presentation and for shared discussion. We aim for 45 minutes for each paper, although we may vary this depending on the paper and topics. There will also be panels in the pre-conference, led by senior researchers and designed to open up discussion.

The keynote speakers for the pre-conference are Professors Stefan Dercon and Dean Karlan.

Stefan Dercon is Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department, and a Fellow of Jesus College. He is also Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economics. Since 2011 he has been Chief Economist of the Department of International Development (DFID), the government department in charge with the UK’s aid policy and spending. Dercon continues to hold the post of Chief Economist at the DFID while remaining active in teaching and research at Oxford. Dercon has diverse interests, including research on risk and poverty, the foundations of growth in poor societies, agriculture and rural institutions, migration, political economy, childhood poverty, social and geographic mobility, microinsurance, and measurement issues related to poverty and vulnerability. He is also involved in a number of intervention-based research projects on extending health insurance (Kenya), raising aspirations (rural Ethiopia), offering drought insurance to funeral societies (Ethiopia) and the returns to firm jobs (Ethiopia). His most recent book, with Daniel Clarke, is Dull Disasters? How Planning Ahead Will Make a Difference (Oxford, 2016).

Dean Karlan is a Professor of Economics and Finance at Northwestern University, and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Development Economics in the Buffet Institute. He is a Research Fellow and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Karlan is also the President and Founder of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), a New Haven, Connecticut based research outfit dedicated to creating and evaluating solutions to social and international development problems. Along with economists Jonathan Morduch and Sendhil Mullainathan, Karlan served as Director of the Financial Access Initiative (FAI), a consortium of researchers focused on substantially expanding access to quality financial services for low-income individuals. He is also a co-founder of, and co-founder of ImpactMatters. His most recent books, both with Jacob Appel, are More Than Good Intentions: Improving the Way the World’s Poor Borrow, Save, Farm, Learn and Stay Healthy (Penguin, 2011) and Failing in the Field: What We Can Learn When Field Research Goes Wrong (Princeton University Press, 2016).

Registration and Participation

Information about registration to the main conference can be found on the website above. Registration to this pre-conference is open to any researcher, whether or not they are with an academic organization, and should be done at the link below. CEAR handles the applications, and registration of interest to attend is separate from the main conference.

CEAR will cover the additional costs of the pre-conference. There will be a pre-conference dinner, for invited speakers, and CEAR will pay for this. If anyone in the pre-conference is selected for a presentation in the main conference, the Munich Re Foundation will cover their costs in the usual manner and up to the usual level; CEAR would cover any additional costs. The event has a capped attendance at 40 participants and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

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13th International Microinsurance Conference 2017 @ Swissôtel, Lima, Peru
Nov 7 – Nov 9 all-day

CEAR is excited to co-sponsor this year’s 13th International Microinsurance Conference 2017 hosted by Munich Re Foundation. CEAR is facilitating the Academic Track of the conference as well as hosting the Pre-conference Seminar on recent developments in research methods to understand risk management choices of the poor.

You can submit proposals and draft papers for the Conference through the website below – please note that the deadline for submissions is May 15, 2017.

Conference Website 
5th Workshop in Behavioral and Experimental Health Economics @ GSU - Buckhead Center
Dec 7 – Dec 8 all-day
CEAR: Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk

General Information

Following the success of previous workshops in Oslo, Hamilton, Essen and Cologne, we are pleased to host the 5th Workshop on Behavioral and Experimental Health Economics in Atlanta. The workshop brings together economists who apply behavioral economics and experimental methods in health economics research to present and discuss their research papers. We also welcome researchers from related fields, such as Public Health, Epidemiology and Medicine. We welcome contributions on all topics within health economics using experimental methods and behavioral economics applications.

For each paper we typically allocate one hour (40 min. presentation, 10 min. discussion by discussant, 10 min. general discussion) to provide participants with the opportunity for an in-depth presentation of their work. If possible all sessions will be plenary, but there may be one or two parallel sessions if needed.


The primary keynote address will be given by Professor Judd Kessler from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania: Judd received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University in 2004, an M.Phil. in Economics from Cambridge University in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University in 2011. In his research he uses a combination of laboratory and field experiments to answer questions in Public Economics and market design. He investigates the economic and psychological forces that motivate individuals to contribute to public goods, with applications including organ donation, worker effort, and charitable giving. He also investigates market design innovations, placing particular emphasis on bringing market design from theory to practice, with applications including course allocation and priority systems for organ allocation. Judd’s research has appeared in general interest journals including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Management Science, as well as specialist journals such as Health Economics and American Journal of Transplantation, Annals of Internal Medicine, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

This year the Workshop on Behavioral and Experimental Health Economics will overlap for one day, by design, with another annual workshop co-sponsored by CEAR on Behavioral Insurance. The reason is that the topics overlap, and this provides an opportunity for intellectual arbitrage. The keynote address for the Behavioral Insurance workshop will also be given on the overlap day, and will be given by Professor Ben Handel from the Department of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley: He received an A.B. in Economics from Princeton in 2004, a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University in 2010, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2011. His research focuses on the microeconomics of consumer choice and market structure in the health care sector, with an emphasis on health insurance markets. His most recent research has emphasized the role that consumer choice frictions, such as inertia and limited information, can have when assessing the welfare outcomes of different regulatory policies in health insurance markets. In addition, his work studies incentive design and adoption of information technology by medical providers. Ben has partnered with a range of large firms and policy organizations in the health care sector to study questions in these areas. Ben has published on health insurance issues in Econometrica, the American Economic Review, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.


CEAR will provide travel support and cover local expenses for participants that are presenting papers or acting as discussants. The usual university guidelines apply, although we can provide extra nights of support for overseas visitors if needed.

There will be a registration fee for participants that are not presenting papers.

Scientific Committee

  • James Cox (GSU, Economics)
  • Matteo M. Galizzi (LSE)
  • Glenn Harrison (GSU, Risk Management & Insurance): chair
  • Heike Hennig-Schmidt (University of Bonn)
  • John F. Sweeney (Emory University School of Medicine)
  • Daniel Wiesen (University of Cologne)

Submission of Papers

We are no longer accepting submissions for this workshop. If your paper is selected to be presented at the workshop, authors will be notified regarding the acceptance of their paper by Monday October 2 at the latest.


Registration is now active. Please link using the button below.

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*note that presenters and the scientific committee are already registered and are not required to do so again. Also, current faculty and PhD students of Georgia State University need to register, but the fee will be waived via a promotional code. If you need that code, please contact using your official email address.


The workshop will be held at GSU’s Buckhead Campus, which is located in the city’s financial district, just north of downtown Atlanta.

2018 Risk Theory Society Annual Seminar @ GSU - Buckhead Campus
Apr 20 – Apr 22 all-day

General Information

The Risk Theory Society is a group of economists, financial economists, and actuaries who undertake theoretical and applied research in the areas of insurance economics, financial economics related to insurance markets, actuarial science, and more generally in the economic analysis of risk and uncertainty. Membership in the society is earned by presenting a paper at the annual seminar and forfeited by missing two consecutive meetings.

The society invites interested parties to submit papers for the 2018 meeting. Each paper accepted for the meeting is given one hour and fifteen minutes for presentation and defense by the authors. The first twenty minutes of that time are reserved to be free of interruption other than for questions of clarification. After the grace period, discussion is typically vigorous.

Over the past 10 years, the number of submissions ranged from 42 to 69 with an average of 50. Ten papers were selected each year. Although we accept submission of a five-page abstract, most submissions and most accepted papers were in full draft or essentially completed form.

Paper Submission Procedure

Submissions are due by December 15, 2017. The program committee will notify authors of accepted papers by end of January 2018, or soon thereafter. Accepted papers must be completed and sent for posting on the Risk Theory Society web page by March 1, 2018.

Submissions should be e-mailed as attachments in the Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf) by December 15, 2017, to:

Professor Ty Leverty
Secretary of the Risk Theory Society
Wisconsin School of Business
University of Wisconsin-Madison


For more information, contact Ty Leverty or visit the Risk Theory web site at For details regarding local arrangements for the 2018 Seminar, please visit the web site or contact Professor Stephen Shore at