2019 CEAR-RSI Household Finance Workshop

Posted On February 12, 2019

November 15, 2019 – November 16, 2019

Hotel le Saint-Sulpice, Old Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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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, rsi.hec.ca/) at HEC Montréal and the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR, cear.gsu.edu/) at Georgia State University. This is the 2nd workshop in this series. Subjects of particular interest include:

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

We typically allocate one hour for each paper (40 minute presentation, 10 minutes for an assigned discussant, and a 10 minute 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 Olivia S. Mitchell from the Department of Business Economics and Public Policy, the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. Professor Mitchell is the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor, as well as Professor of Insurance/Risk Management and Business Economics/Policy; Executive Director of the Pension Research Council; and Director of the Boettner Center on Pensions and Retirement Research; all at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania which she joined in 1993. Concurrently Professor Mitchell serves as a Research Associate at the NBER; Independent Director on the Wells Fargo Fund Boards; Co-Investigator for the Health and Retirement Study at the University of Michigan; Member of the Executive Board for the Michigan Retirement Research Center; and Senior Scholar at the Singapore Management University. She also advises the Centre for Pensions and Superannuation UNSW and is Faculty Affiliate of the Wharton Public Policy Initiative. She received MA and PhD degrees in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA in Economics from Harvard University. She is currently a Senior Editor of the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance.

Date and Location

The workshop will be held November 15 and 16, 2019 at Hotel le Saint-Sulpice, which is located in Old Montreal. The address is 414 Rue Saint-Sulpice, Montréal, QC H2Y 2V5, Canada.


We expect to cover Economy airfares and hotel for speakers, but may need to cap funding at a certain amount depending on costs. We will let accepted speakers know if we have to cap funding soon after submissions close.


Professor Philippe d’Astous (HEC Montréal) is the primary local organizer of this workshop. Should you have questions, please contact him 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.


Note that presenters and discussants have already been registered by a member of the conference team. If you are interested in joining this event as an attendee, you must be registered and confirmed. Confirmation is on a first-come first-served basis. Please use the button below to register.