The CFPB has announced that it plans to host its second research conference on consumer finance on December 15-16, 2016.  (The first such conference was held in May 2015.)

The announcement contains a call for complete papers or detailed abstracts that include preliminary results to be submitted by August 26, 2016.  The CFPB is encouraging the submission of a variety of research including, but not limited to, work on “the ways consumers and households make decisions about borrowing, saving, and financial risk-taking; how various forms of credit (mortgage, student loans, credit cards, installment loans, etc.) affect household well-being; the structure and functioning of consumer financial markets; distinct and underserved populations; and relevant innovations in modeling or data.”  A particular area of CFPB interest is the dynamics of households’ balance sheets.

According to the CFPB, the conference is intended “to connect the core community of consumer finance researchers and policymakers with the best research being conducted across the wide range of disciplines and approaches that can inform the topic.  Disciplines from which we hope to receive submissions include, but are not limited to, economics, the behavioral sciences, cognitive science, and psychology.”

The CFPB’s call for papers lists the names of ten academics who are members of the conference’s scientific committee.