Risk Literacy – Methods and Applications

Posted On November 22, 2017

September 22, 2016 – September 23, 2016

Villa Doria d'Angri


General Information

This workshop brings together researchers interested in the characterization, measurement and application of risk literacy. Concepts of literacy vary across disciplines, and often refer to different things. One goal of the workshop is to introduce the concepts used in different disciplines to a wider academic audience than is normal. Risk literacy here refers to much more than financial risk literacy, and includes domains such as health risk literacy and crime risk literacy. It also refers to the manner in which risk literacy is updated over time, as information comes in and can be evaluated. It also refers to risk capability, the manner in which risk literacy is translated into behavior. And it also refers to the awareness of illiteracy in some domain, and how that awareness might affect behavior.

We expect researchers from a variety of disciplines will find this workshop of interest, including economics, finance, risk management, insurance, accounting, public health, law and psychology. The workshop will consist of roughly ten plenary sessions in which speakers have an hour to present. We encourage papers on the foundations of risk literacy, broadly defined above, as well as applications.


The keynote address will be given by Professor Gerd Gigerenzer, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy in Berlin. Apart from influential academic publications in psychology and related fields, he has contributed significantly to the field of risk literacy. His Calculated Risks: How to Know When Numbers Deceive You, published in 2002, was a popular best-seller. He had also recently given a Ted Talk on Risk Literacy, available at http://tedxzurich.com/speaker/gerd-gigerenzer/, and in 2014 he published Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions, another popular book on risk literacy.


Enrica Carbone (Second University of Naples, Caserta) and Glenn Harrison (Georgia State University) are the organizers of this workshop. Funding is being provided by the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR) at Georgia State University: see cear.wpdev.gsu.edu for more information on CEAR. Standard travel and accommodation support for paper presenters will be provided. Should you have questions, please contact Professor Harrison at gharrison@gsu.edu about the substance of the workshop, and contact Mark Schneider at cear@gsu.edu with questions about participation and logistics.


The organizers of the Workshop will coordinate lodging accommodations for presenters and invited guests. Any information about lodging will be handled directly with these parties.


The workshop will be held at Villa Doria d'Angri, in Naples. Villa Doria d'Angri is part of a larger complex and is between Via Petrarca and Via Posillipo. The complex consists of the monumental Villa Doria d'Angri, built in 1880 on commission of the Prince Marcantonio Doria, and the existing complex of St. Dorothy, with a park of over 18,000 square meters.

Call for Papers

Submissions are no longer being accepted.