Boulder Summer Conference on Consumer Financial Decision Making

Boulder Summer Conference 2016 Information

May 22nd-24th, 2016
Boulder, Colorado
St Julien Hotel
900 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Cutting edge research on consumer financial decision making by scholars across diverse fields: economics, law, psychology, sociology, anthropology, marketing, finance, and consumer sciences. Lively discussion of this research by scholars, regulators, consumer advocates, and financial services professionals.

2016 Preliminary Program

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You are no longer able to register for a hotel room using the link that was previously provided on this web page. The reason is that the conference has filled its block of rooms. However, if you wish to book a room at the St. Julien, they will still give you the conference rate if you call (720-406-9696) or email ( the reservation desk at the hotel directly. Be sure to tell them that you're with the Boulder Summer Conference from May 22-24. Please note that they say they will only honor the conference room rate up until the time hotel is 95% filled, so please do this immediately if you want a room at the conference hotel.

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2014 Conference Program



The 2016 Boulder Summer Conference on Consumer Financial Decision Making will be held May 22-24 at the St. Julien Hotel at a great time of year to visit Boulder, Colorado.

The conference will provide an opportunity for exchange of ideas among researchers in different fields working on problems of consumer financial decision-making.

Consumer welfare is strongly affected by household financial decisions large and small: choosing mortgages; saving to fund college education or retirement; using credit cards to fund current consumption; choosing how to “decumulate” savings in retirement; deciding how to pay for health care and insurance; and investing in the stock market. In all of these domains, consumers are often poorly informed and susceptible to making serious errors that have large personal and societal consequences.

Basic research in judgment and decision making, psychology, consumer research, behavioral finance, and behavioral economics can inform our understanding of how consumers actually make such decisions and how consumers can be helped to make better decisions by innovations in public policy, business, and consumer education.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Consumer Financial Decision Making at the University of Colorado and by the Leeds School of Business.

Conference Format

We begin with a keynote address and panel discussion Sunday late afternoon, followed by a reception and poster session. Monday and Tuesday we will have 10 total plenary sessions of 75 minutes each, each with two related papers, a discussant, and plenty of time for audience questions and comments.

For those arriving Saturday, we have a Sunday morning hike for attendees and their families.