Boulder Summer Conference 2018 Information

May 20-22, 2018
Boulder, Colorado
St Julien Hotel
900 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Group rates are available
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. Registration for the 2018 conference is open.


The 2018 Boulder Summer Conference on Consumer Financial Decision Making will be held May 20-22 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.

Submit an Abstract

Deadline for extended abstract submissions: December 15, 2017. Please upload a 1 page, single spaced pdf of your extended abstract with title and authors names and affiliations on the abstract page itself. We need to know the authors when looking at the printed page.

Conference Format

On Sunday afternoon, we begin with a keynote address 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. Registration for the 2018 conference is open.