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Call for papers – Conference on Household Finance and Consumption


Joint conference organised by the Banque centrale du Luxembourg and the European Central Bank

Date: 25-26 October 2010

Location: Luxembourg

Conference on Household Finance and Consumption

Announcement and call for papers

The objective of the conference is to present state-of-the-art empirical research and empirically motivated theoretical research on household asset accumulation, debt, and consumption behaviour over the life cycle. The focus of the conference is on research that makes extensive use of household survey data, with some preference for cross country comparative analysis. We actively solicit papers in the following areas, but other related areas may also be considered:

  • Household consumption, saving, and portfolio choice
  • Financing retirement and demographic developments
  • Housing, mortgage markets, and financial markets
  • Household finance, credit constraints and monetary policy
  • Household indebtedness and financial distress
  • Behavioural approaches to household asset accumulation, debt, and consumption
  • Financial literacy, financial sophistication, and the role of professional advice in shaping financial behaviour
  • Household payment habits
  • Household finances and the financial crisis

Keynote addresses will be given by Annamaria Lusardi (Dartmouth College) and Arthur Kennickell (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System). For the programme of the earlier Conference on Household Finance and Consumption in 2008, see

Submission of papers:

Interested authors should submit their papers by 15 July 2010 to Authors of accepted papers will be notified by end August 2010.

Organising committee:

Michael Ehrmann (ECB), Michalis Haliassos (CFS and Goethe University), Thomas Mathä (Banque centrale du Luxembourg), Peter Tufano (Harvard Business School), and Caroline Willeke (ECB).


Travel expenses and accommodation (up to 2 nights) of presenting authors and discussants will be reimbursed. Participants from central banks and other official institutions are expected to cover their own expenses.