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Conference on Risk and Risky Behavior
Jun 12 – Jun 13 all-day

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General Information

Many individuals, adults, adolescents, and children engage in a host of risky behaviors that could have significant ramifications in the short-term and long-term. These behaviors often involve a trade-off between short-term benefits and long-term costs, both subjectively perceived. Examples of such behaviors include crime and delinquency, smoking, alcohol and substance abuse, suicidal behavior, reckless driving and driving under the influence, underage sexual activity and sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, and poor diets and sedentary lifestyles leading to obesity. These behaviors are major source of preventable deaths and impose substantial costs on those who engage in them and society.

The meeting will bring together economists and researchers from other disciplines who work on the analysis of risky behaviors. We seek to advance understanding of the causes and consequences of risky behaviors, and to evaluate policies aimed to mitigate or manage the cost of these behaviors. We seek high quality academic work that enriches, refines, and challenges our understanding of the broad array of issues related to the analysis of risky behaviors. Papers should be unpublished at the time of submission.

The highlight of the 2017 meeting is a keynote lecture to be delivered by Professor Eric Johnson, Columbia University, on “Why Is Insurance so Difficult for Consumers?” He is the Norman Eig Professor of Business at the Columbia Business School, and has published widely in marketing, psychology, decision sciences, economics and public policy:

He is also the Director of the Center for Decision Sciences at Columbia:


Glenn Harrison (Georgia State University and CEAR), Morten Lau (Copenhagen Business School) and Erdal Tekin (American University and NBER) are the organizers of this workshop.  Funding is being provided by the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk at Georgia State University, School of Public Affairs at American University, Copenhagen Business School, and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Contact corresponding organizer Erdal Tekin about the substance of the workshop, and Mark Schneider at with questions about participation and logistics.


Copenhagen Business School, located in Frederiksberg, close to the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark: see


There is a small registration fee for participation ($50 USD), which is also subject to capacity. This fee is used to cover lunch and coffee break costs for external attendees; however, will be waived for presenters and discussants. Registration will be online and available from 8 May to 2 June 2017.

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4th Annual CEAR – Huebner Summer Risk Institute 2017 @ CEAR
Jul 25 – Jul 26 all-day

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CEAR/Huebner Summer Risk Institute aims to expose Ph.D. students and faculty interested in risk and uncertainty to relevant cutting-edge models, tools, and theory. The targeted audience includes faculty and Ph.D. students interested in the economics of risk but who are located at colleges and universities that do not have access to specialized Ph.D. seminars courses covering the most recent research advances in these areas. The institute consists of lectures given by leading scholars in the fields of risk and uncertainty.

The fourth annual institute will be held July 25 to July 26, 2017 in Atlanta. The institute is sponsored by Georgia State University’s Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR, and the S.S. Huebner Foundation for Insurance Education.

Levon Barseghyan (Cornell University)
“Estimating Risk Preferences using Market Data: Challenges and New Methods”
July 25-July 26; 10:00am-12:00pm

Damir Filipović (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne & Swiss Finance Institute)
“Polynomial Models in Finance”
July 25-July 26; 1:00pm-3:00pm

Christian Gollier (Toulouse School of Economics)
“Aversion to risk of regret and preference for positively skewed risks”
July 26; 3:15pm-4:30pm

Further Information  and additional background information can be accessed at Georgia State University’s Department of Risk Management and Insurance.


Prospect Theory as a Model of Risky Choice: Descriptive and Normative Assessments @ University College Cork
Oct 16 – Oct 17 all-day

General Information

Prospect theory, as originally developed and subsequently refined by Kahneman and Tversky, is widely regarded as the most sophisticated theoretical achievement of behavioral economics. Its great importance, especially with respect to the concepts it introduced, is beyond serious dispute. However, like any major scientific model, it is vulnerable to being interpreted as dogma, as a statement of truth that can be used as an argument-stopper and as a basis for sweeping rejection of perspectives with which it is in tension. Empirical investigations of prospect theory, both in its original (1979) articulation and its ‘cumulative’ (1992) version that accommodates econometric identification and estimation, are equivocal in their results, certainly more interesting than straightforward ‘confirmation’ or ‘refutation’. Additionally, important questions about prospect theory’s completeness or adequacy as a descriptive theory of choice under risk and uncertainty spill over into problems of normative assessment, about welfare and well-being, raised by behavioral and experimental economics. At a time when more and more governments and companies are adopting policies and strategies based on their interpretations of results from behavioral economics, joint assessment of prospect theory’s descriptive and normative authority is directly relevant to management of institutional, political, environmental, and personal risk. In this workshop we will bring together economists and philosophers to critically review the empirical status of prospect theory, in both original and cumulative forms, along with the implications of this status for public, corporate and household policies.


Glenn Harrison (CEAR, Georgia State University), and Don Ross (University College Cork, University of Cape Town, and CEAR) are the organizers of this workshop. Funding is being provided by CEAR: see for more information. Standard travel and accommodation support for paper presenters will be provided. Should you have questions, please contact Professor Don Ross at about the substance of the workshop, and contact Mark Schneider with questions about participation and logistics.

Dates & Times

Monday, October 16, 2017 – 08:55 to 18:00. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Monday, October 16, 2017 – 20:00 – Dinner for invited guests.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – 10:00 to 17:00. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Contact Mark Schneider at should you have any dietary restrictions or special needs.


The workshop will be held at University College Cork, Republic of Ireland: Presenters will be accommodated at Hayfield Manor Hotel,, Cork’s 5-star hotel that embodies the ambient charm and historical depth of Ireland’s special culture.

Cork is the Irish Republic’s second city, European headquarters of Apple and other major companies, and famous for traditional artisanal foods, Murphy’s and Beamish stout ales, and historic architecture.


Cork Airport is directly served from various airports in the United Kingdom, plus Amsterdam, Paris, Munich, and Reykjavik. Iceland’s WOW airline connects Cork to various North American destinations via Reykjavik. All major airline hubs abroad are connected to Dublin Airport, from which Cork is reached under 3 hours by overland shuttles.

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