2018 CEAR-RSI Household Finance Workshop

Posted On February 2, 2018

November 16, 2018 – November 17, 2018


Hotel le Saint-Sulpice
414 St Sulpice St
Montreal, QC H2Y 2V5

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Videos and Slides

Video recordings and slides from the workshop can be found here - Videos & Slides 

General information

This workshop brings together researchers interested in household financial decision-making. Theoretical and empirical papers are welcome. We expect researchers from a variety of disciplines will find this workshop of interest, including economics, finance, risk management, insurance, and psychology. This workshop is held jointly by the Retirement and Savings Institute (RSI) at HEC Montréal and the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR) at Georgia State University. This is the 1st workshop in this series. Subjects of particular interest include:

  • Consumption-saving decisions
  • Financial delinquency and bankruptcy
  • Financial literacy
  • Financial planning and advice
  • Household insurance and risk management
  • Labor markets
  • Mortgage markets
  • Pensions and retirement

We plan to allocate one hour for each paper (35 minutes for paper presentation, 15 minutes for an assigned discussant, and 10 minutes for a general discussion) to provide participants with the opportunity for an in-depth presentation of their work. All sessions will be plenary.

Keynote Speaker

The keynote address will be given by Professor John Y. Campbell from the Department of Economics, Harvard University.  From his website https://scholar.harvard.edu/campbell/home: Campbell is the Morton L. and Carole S. Olshan Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1994.  He has published almost 100 articles on various aspects of finance and macroeconomics, including fixed-income securities, equity valuation, portfolio choice, and household finance.  Campbell delivered the Ely Lecture to the American Economic Association in 2016 and served as President of the American Finance Association in 2005. He is a Research Associate and former Director of the Program in Asset Pricing at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and Honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Maastricht, the University of Paris Dauphine, Copenhagen Business School, and BI Norwegian Business School. Campbell is also a founding partner of Arrowstreet Capital, LP, a Boston-based quantitative asset management firm.


We expect to cover Economy airfares and hotel for speakers, but may need to cap funding at a certain amount depending on costs.


Philippe d’Astous (HEC Montréal) is the primary local organizer of this workshop. Should you have questions, please contact Philippe at philippe.dastous@hec.ca about the substance of the workshop, and contact Lee Boyle at lee.boyle@hec.ca with questions about participation and logistics. This information can also be found on the RSI website.