May 19-21, 2019
St Julien Hotel
900 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Group rates are available
Boulder Summer Conference 2019 Overview
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.
The 2019 Boulder Summer Conference on Consumer Financial Decision Making will be held May 19-21 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. Group rates are available at the St. Julien Hotel.
On Sunday afternoon, we begin with our keynote session followed by a keynote panel discussion. The topic of the keynote address is consumer expenditures in the medical marketplace. Paying for medical care is a particularly complex area of consumer finances, which has become more relevant with the Affordable Care Act and recent changes to it. We will have two keynote speakers highlighting economic and behavioral perspectives. Neale Mahoney is Professor of Economics, David G. Booth Faculty Fellow, and co-director of the Becker Friedman Institute Health Economics Initiative at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Peter Ubel is Associate Director, Health Sector Management and Madge and Dennis T. McLawhorn University Professor at the Fuqua School of Business. He is a is a physician and behavioral scientist whose research and writing explores the mixture of rational and irrational forces that affect our health, our happiness and the way our society functions. The keynote speakers will be followed by a keynote panel of experts from academia and the world of practice. The keynote session will be 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. Monday’s session focusses on consumers in trouble, struggling with debt, and Tuesday’s session focusses on issues related to household budget management, wealth accumulation, and retirement.