Call for Papers

RAND Behavioral Finance Forum, August 2022

with support from the National Endowment for Financial Education

Deadline for submission: July 8, 2022

The RAND Behavioral Finance Forum will be holding its 2022 conference on August 22 and 23. This year’s conference will be online, featuring both research and innovation sessions.

This year’s keynote address will be delivered by:
Olivia Mitchell
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor,
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Executive Director,
Pension Research Council

About the Behavioral Finance Forum

The Behavioral Finance Forum brings together leaders from academia, government, regulatory agencies, policy analysis, and industry to share the latest research and exchange ideas on how to leverage behavioral principles to promote financial well-being. The goal of the conference is to encourage the incorporation of cutting-edge research into policy and financial products that best serve the public’s interests as well as to inform researchers of developments in policy and industry. Presentations are for participants from a range of backgrounds and should be geared toward providing insights for practitioners and policymakers. See a more in-depth description and past conferences here.

The Behavioral Finance Forum will include two types of sessions. First, research sessions where original research is presented, followed by a discussion translating these new findings to practitioners and policymakers. Second, we will have a session devoted to new innovations in behavioral finance from policy and industry.

Topics

This year, we are trying something different. Instead of a single theme, we invite submissions across a range of topics related to the financial decisionmaking of workers, investors, or entrepreneurs.

Potential topics include:

  • Equity implications of existing financial policy and products
  • Effects from the pandemic and pandemic-era policies on household finances and financial decisionmaking
  • Developments in retail investment, FinTech, or cryptocurrency
  • Financial preparation for retirement
  • Decumulation decisions and drawing down assets during retirement
  • Financial decisionmaking by business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Online business creation and behavioral biases
  • Behavioral responses to public program incentives

Not all submissions need to fit into these topic areas. We also welcome papers that address other topics in behavioral finance and financial decisionmaking.

Submission Guidelines: Research Sessions

Interested presenters are invited to submit abstracts by July 8, 2022 to befi@rand.org.

Please provide the following:

  1. The title and co-authors
  2. An extended (one page) abstract summarizing
    • The importance of your paper
    • Your research methodology
    • Key findings
    • Implications/applications that you would like to highlight
    • If you have a key table, graph, or other data visualization, you may include that on a second page
  3. A link to or copy of your paper (if available)
  4. Specify the presenting author
  5. Include “Research Session” in the email subject line

Submissions need not reflect completed papers, however preference will be given to those whose research is in a more advanced stage. Researchers from policy, industry, and academic institutions may submit to these sessions.

Innovation Session

The conference will feature a panel session discussing recent innovations in policy and industry. Speakers will provide a brief description of the challenges they are trying to address and solutions they are developing and implementing. A panel discussion, with Q&A, will then follow these introductory remarks. If you are interested in speaking, please send a one-to-two-paragraph description to befi@rand.org. Include Innovation Session in the email subject line. You may also recommend speakers; for recommended speakers, please provide a one-to-two-paragraph description and contact information if available.

Please forward this call for papers to anyone who might be interested in presenting. Feel free to email us with questions or clarifications at befi@rand.org.

Phil Armour
Senior Economist, RAND Corporation
Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Director, RAND Behavioral Finance Forum