CEAR-MRIC Behavioral Insurance Workshop 2023

Posted On August 31, 2023

December 8, 2023 - December 9, 2023

CEAR Seminar Room
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA

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Current Program 

General Information

This workshop brings together researchers interested in the manner in which risk management and insurance can be understood with behavioral methods. Alternative theoretical models are welcome. We expect researchers from a variety of disciplines will find this workshop of interest, including economics, finance, risk management, insurance, accounting, and psychology. This workshop is held joint with the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR) and the Munich Risk and Insurance Center (MRIC), alternating from year to year between sunny Atlanta and sunny Munich. This is the 12th workshop in this series.

For each paper we typically allocate 45 minutes (35 minutes presentation and questions, and 10 minutes 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 keynote address will be given by Professor Levon Barseghyan from the Department of Economics at Cornell University. Here is his brief bio from his web page: "I am the Robert Julius Thorne Professor of Economics and the Director of Graduate Studies for the Field of Economics at Cornell University. I joined Cornell in 2003, after completing my PhD at Northwestern University. I also hold a Diploma in Mathematics from Yerevan State University, Armenia, an MS in Industrial Engineering from the American University of Armenia and an MS in Policy Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Though I have done research on a variety of topics, most of my papers fall into two categories. First, I have been studying risk preferences. I am interested in understanding how people perceive and evaluate risk. Three major questions addressed in my work are whether risk preferences are stable across contexts/markets, what is the behavioral nature of risk preferences, and what are the potential impacts of limited consideration on choice under risk. Second, I have been working on the effects of institutions and policies on economic outcomes, leading to research questions at the intersection of growth, public finance and political economy. My earlier work focused on how government policies affect macroeconomic outcomes. Subsequently I have been working on understanding how institutions, and political economy constraints in general, influence the joint evolution of policies and economic outcomes."

Although we all know his major publications in risk and behavioral insurance, it is always interesting to see the full portfolio of research of great scholars. His current CV is available at https://barseghyan.economics.cornell.edu/docs/Barseghyan_CV.pdf.


CEAR will reimburse travel expenses for one presenter per paper, with the usual university restrictions applying: lowest reasonable economy airfare, additional expenses at the hotel are at your own expense, etc. CEAR will also make hotel bookings on behalf of the presenters and will pay for up to three (3) room nights per presenter.


Glenn Harrison from GSU is the primary organizer of this workshop. He is the University Distinguished Professor, the C.V. Starr Chair of Risk Management and Insurance, and the Director of CEAR. He can be contacted at [email protected] with any questions about the workshop. Contact CEAR at [email protected] about any registration, travel, diet or reimbursement issues.

Scientific Committee

  • Glenn Harrison (GSU, GSRS): chair
  • Andreas Richter (LMU and MRIC)
  • Johannes Jaspersen (LMU and MRIC)
  • Lynn Hua (2023: Postdoc, Harvard University; 2024: GSU, GSRS)
  • Registration

    If you are interested in attending this conference, please register through the button at the top of this page or by clicking the following link: https://gsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_82DwFhh2ig3mLeS. Registration should be completed by the end of December 3rd.


    The workshop will be held on the campus of Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Getting here is easy, since Atlanta is the busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic. Additional details will be provided in due course on this web page and by e-mail to participants.